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The Daily Plant : Monday, September 11, 2000


Photo by Malcolm (Cinema) Pinckney

On Sunday, September 11, Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern kicked off the Road Runners Club's Broadway-on-Broadway race. Competitors sped from Central Park West and 75th Street to Times Square, the perfect location to watch the Broadway on Broadway festivities, featuring singers and dancers from major Brodaway productions performing for free in the open air.


Amidst the many international cultural exchanges occurring in New York City last week, several prominent officials from the Hungary visited New York's Riverside Park to view the newly restored Kossuth Statue, which celebrates Hugarian independence. Hungarian President Ferenc Madl, Consul General Dr. Laszlo Molnar, and Deputy Consul General Dr. Gabor Foldvari were joined by Manhattan Borough Commissioner Adrian (A-Train) Benepe, Riverside Park Administrator Charles (Razorback) McKinney, and Director of Art and Antiquities Jonathan (Archive) Kuhn for the event on Friday, September 8. A Parks capital project helped restore this handsome bronze monument to the 1848 revolution that liberated the Hungarian people. The stonework in the statue has been repaired and the bronze restored to its original shine. These improvements are part of a $470,000 project, funded by Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, to restore Kossuth triangle. New plantings and benches, repaved walkways, and restored steps will make Kossuth triangle a top-notch location for relaxing in the great outdoors. The meeting of Parks and Hungarian officials at the Kossuth statue in Riverside Park reflects the on-going partnership between the cities of Budapest and New York. Budapest and New York have been Sister Cities since 1992, promoting programs that enhance the global stature of both cities.

(Monday, September 14, 1987)


The Manhattan Vendor Patrol Unit, a division of Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP), searches for unlicensed vendors peddling wares without permits on park property in all five boroughs. Parks is the only city agency besides the Department of Ports and Terminals to be recognized by the Police Department as a "vouchering agency," giving the patrol the legal right to seize and impound property and to issue summonses. "Previously, when we confiscated perishable goods such as ice cream, it often went to waste," said Chief of Citywide Services William F. Dalton. "I thought it was a shame that perfectly good food went uneaten. As former Chief of Urban Park Services, I initiated the donation of confiscated perishables to the Children's Foundling Hospital in Manhattan. Since July 1986, Parks has donated 13 boxes of ices, 186 boxes of ice cream and eight boxes of hot dog buns to the hospital."


Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.

Derek Walcott (b. 1930)

Directions to Riverside Park

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There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

ParkRiverside Park

The northernmost A-dock at the 79th Street Boat Basin is currently closed to public access for structural enhancements. The dock will be further supported with non-wood pilings and a new wave screen.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

Kayak/Canoe Launch SitesRiverside Park (72nd Street)

The kayak launch site at 72nd Street in Riverside Park is closed for the season. Please visit The New York City Water Trail page to find other kayak launches.

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