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Dante Park

.142 acres

Dante Park marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 4, 2011
1. Dante Park marker
NYCP&R signs
Sources conflict as to how this triangular parcel at Broadway, Columbus Avenue, and West 63rd Street became parkland. It may have been acquired from John A. Bunting in 1852, or it may have been acquired as a public place by condemnation in 1868. For many years the site and the parcel to its north were both considered part of Empire Park. The two parcels were eventually separated into two parks. The north portion of Empire Park became Richard Tucker Triangle, and in 1921 the south portion of Empire Park was officially renamed by the Board of Aldermen for Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321).

Italy's greatest poet, Dante Alighieri was born to a noble Florentine family. After the death of his beloved Beatrice in 1290, he immersed himself in the study of philosophy and Provençal poetry. In 1302 Dante was banished from Florence for his political views and became a citizen of Italy. While in exile, he composed The Divine Comedy, the first vernacular poetic masterpiece. It tells the tale of the poet's journey from Hell to Heaven, presenting a changeless universe ordered by God. Through The Divine Comedy and his many other works, Dante
Dante Park image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 4, 2011
2. Dante Park
Facing south. "TimeSculpture" is visible.
established Tuscan as the literary language of Italy and gave rise to a great body of literature.

The New York branch of the Dante Alighieri Society had intended to erect a Dante monument on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Italian unification in 1912. Carlo Barsotti, editor of Il Progresso (the first Italian daily newspaper in the United States), urged subscribers to contribute towards the creation the statue. He had already raised funds for four other New York City monuments honoring Italians: Giuseppe Garibaldi (c. 1888) in Washington Square, Christopher Columbus (1892) in Columbus Circle, Giuseppe Verdi (1906) in Verdi Square, and Giovanni da Verrazano (1909) in Battery Park. Sculptor Ettore Ximenes, however, did not complete the statue until 1921. The monument was dedicated that year, which was the 600th anniversary of Dante's death. In the early 1990s the Radisson Empire Hotel funded the conservation and repair of the sculpture and sponsored horticultural improvements and public programs in the park.

In 1999 "TimeSculpture" by architect Philip Johnson was installed in the northern point of Dante Park. The work reinvigorates the surrounding geometries of the Lincoln Center area and updates the tradition of sidewalk pedestrian and town square clocks that dot New York City. The bronze sculpture rests on a granite base three-and-one-half feet off
"Dante Alighieri" image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 4, 2011
3. "Dante Alighieri"
At the south end (West 63rd Street) side of the park.
the ground-level with the base of the Dante monument and the Lincoln Center Plaza. Prismatic in form, "TimeSculpture" features four clock faces oriented to the west, north, and southeast. The piece was donated by Sonia and Gedalio Grinberg and placed in Dante Park with the cooperation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and City of New York/Parks & Recreation.

City of New York Parks & Recreation
Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor
Adrian Benepe, Commissioner
Text Written: September 1999
Erected 1999 by City of New York Parks & Recreation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 40° 46.316′ N, 73° 58.954′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Broadway north of West 63rd Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Dante Park, New York NY 10023, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dante Alighieri (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Dante Park (a few steps from this marker); Richard Tucker (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edna Ferber (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maine Memorial (approx.
"TimeSculpture" image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 4, 2011
4. "TimeSculpture"
At the north end (Broadway and Columbus Avenue intersection) 0f the park
¼ mile away); To Christopher Columbus (approx. ¼ mile away); Bela Bartok (approx. 0.3 miles away); 213 West 58th Street (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Dante Park. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on February 4, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. Time Sculpture at Lincoln Center. Official NYC Parks description (Submitted on February 4, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 4, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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