Pieces of History Need Work

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Pieces of History Need Work

New York City is full of memorable and historic sights. Take a walk down most streets and there’s probably a story somewhere. City Parks are common locations for places of commemoration.

At Highbridge Park in Upper Manhattan, a staircase leads down to Harlem River Drive. It was a gift from the New York Giants, the baseball team, in 1913 to the city. It fell into disrepair and a project to rebuild it is behind schedule. A public/private partnership got the restoration underway last year. The Yankees, Mets, and the now San Francisco Giants contributed money to the project. The Commissioner of Baseball and Manhattan Borough President’s office also are playing a part.

Another partnership with Green-Wood Cemetery, a privately run national historic landmark, is promising to restore “Triumph of Civic Virtue.” This past weekend, the statue was moved from Queens Borough Hall to the grounds of the Brooklyn cemetery. However, leaders and neighbors in Queens object to the city design commission’s vote to approve the long term lease to the private group in Brooklyn. They are also concerned about the future of the former site at Queens Borough Hall.