In June, 2001, our Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Parks Commissioner Henry
J. Stern and the City Parks Foundation got together to celebrate the official
re-opening of this park. It'd been under restoration for quite some time.
"Madison Square Park is one of the most historically important parks
in New York City and now it looks better than ever," Mayor Giuliani
said. "Thanks to a strong public-private partnership this park has
been restored to its 19th century magnificence for all New Yorkers to
enjoy. Once left in disrepair, the newly renovated Madison Square Park
symbolizes New York City's ongoing renaissance." Personally,
I welcome the re-opening myself since this park has served as a great
pit-stop and resting station for many of us New Yorkers. It also happens
to be where most of the north bound express buses begin their trips to
the Bronx and beyond.
Note: Madison Square Park was the first site to display the Statue
of Liberty's torch-bearing arm
Also on hand here is: Target Art in the Park: A three year series of
contemporary art exhibitions in the revitalized Madison Square Park made
possible by a $1 million grant from Target Stores to the City Parks Foundation
organized by the Public Art Fund.
What I came across were taxicabs maybe some 12-15 feet
in mid air. Umm...what can I say...it was interesting....'can't wait to
see what they'll have next in the park.
So, should you be in the area, it's a wonderful place
to just sit and relax under the shade of the many trees you'll find within.
The Public Art Fund is a non-profit arts organization which brings art
to New York's public spaces. You'll come across quite a bit of their handiwork
through the metro area.