It's on this blog today as it's just been renovated for the first time since it opened in 1950. Making the narrow site into a park was not without major challenges -- a busy avenue on one side, the 22-story Tudor Tower on the other, major steam lines running below ground -- but the end result was pleasant enough, especially if you enjoy watching cars go by. The refurb hasn't altered the original design, but has definitely freshened it up -- and added a new piece of sculpture.
|The NYC Parks Department plan, showing specific details of the $1.8 million renovation|
|The restored park, shiny and new, anchored by the Peace Clock. 11 AM.|
The centerpiece of the restoration is a new kinetic sculpture, the Peace Clock, by Norwegian artist Lina Viste Grønli. Although called a clock, it does not keep exact time. It lives up to its name twice a day -- at 4:30 AM and 4:30 PM -- when its hands form the Peace Sign.
Below, its position during other hours.