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Irving and Estelle Levy Playground Gate

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  • Location: Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground, 5th Avenue and 79th Street
  • Sculptor: A. Walter Beretta
  • Architect: John Wilson
  • Description: Two-leaved gate ornamented with animal figures; mounted plaque
  • Materials: Bronze
  • Cast: 1957
  • Dedicated: 1958
  • Donor: Irving and Estelle Levy Foundation
  • Inscription: 1) original plaque: "THIS PLAYGROUND IS THE GIFT / OF THE / IRVING AND ESTELLE LEVY FOUNDATION / IN MEMORY OF IRVING LEVY / 1957"

    2) each replacement plaque, left leaf: "PAT HOFFMAN FRIEDMAN PLAYGROUND / A GIFT OF SAMUEL N. FRIEDMAN / 1990"

    3) each replacement plaque, right leaf: "THIS GATE COMMEMORATES / THE IRVING AND ESTELLE LEVY PLAYGROUND / A GIFT IN MEMORY OF IRVING LEVY IN / 1957"

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Know Before You Go

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Raccoons in Central Park have tested positive for canine distemper virus. Although the virus cannot be transmitted to humans, it may be transmitted to dogs. Keep your pets safe in the park.

Please avoid wildlife and make sure your pets have up-to-date distemper and rabies vaccines. Keep your pet on a leash, especially during dawn and dusk.

Please call 311 or notify an on-site Parks employee if you see a sick or injured animal.

If you are bitten, wash the wound with soap and water immediately. Call your doctor to see if you need tetanus or rabies shots, and call 311 to report the bite.

The Health Department will continue to monitor this condition.


Anticipated Completion: Summer 2018

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