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Statue of Doctor J. Marion Sims to be removed from Central Park

A statue of Doctor J. Marion Sims, credited by many as the father of modern gynecology, is being moved under the city’s push to oust symbols of hate on city property. East Harlem residents and city officials have long advocated for the statue’s removal, asserting that it honors Sims’s medical achievements while overlooking that between the years 1845 and 1849, he performed gynecological exams on 12 enslaved women without anesthesia, NBC New York and DNAinfo report.

East Harlem City Council member Bill Perkins has taken a strong stance against the statue, and is calling for its removal.

“The community has seen statues along the way for years, but once the community began to study these statues and understand what they mean, they found out that they come from a mentality and an era that are quite inconsistent with today and the future,” Perkins said at a Monday rally calling for the statue’s removal. “And while one might say it’s just standing there, it represents us, and I don’t believe that the community in general finds this something to brag about.”

The statue stands in Central Park, near Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street near the Museum of the City of New York. On Saturday, protestors from Brooklyn Youth Project 100 dressed in “bloodied” hospital gowns gathered at the site to condemn the monument to Sims.

“Anarcha, Lucy and Betsy—these women had names,” City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said at Monday’s rally. “He repeatedly performed surgery on black women without anesthesia because, according to him, black women don’t feel pain.”

The city will move the Central Park monument to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where he’s buried.

Central Park Midnight Run & Fireworks 2018

Kick off the New Year at the Midnight Run! Join the fun and celebrate with music and dancing (starting at 10:00 p.m.) as 2017 comes to a close. With a countdown to midnight beginning at 11:59 p.m., the four-mile run will begin on the stroke of midnight, as will a spectacular fireworks display to light up the night and the start of 2018.

For more information about the Midnight Run, or information about how to register, please visit New York Road Runners’ 2018 Midnight Run page.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

10:00 p.m.–11:59 p.m.

Rumsey Playfield i

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Arsenal Gallery: 35th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

NYC Parks welcomes the holiday season with its 35th annual exhibition of creative, unconventional wreaths. Employing an array of uncommon materials, more than 40 participating fine artists, designers, and imaginative individuals celebrate this timeless holiday symbol. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from a range of themes ranging from the personal to the universal. This exhibition is an inspired and fun way to experience the holiday season. Thursday, December 7, 2017

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. This event repeats every weekday between 12/7/2017 and 1/5/2018.

Arsenal in Central Park 830 Fifth Avenue Manhattan

Cost – Free

Contact Number

(212) 360-8114

Contact Email

artandantiquities@parks.nyc.gov

Central Park Holiday Lighting

Celebrate the season at the 21st Annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park. Meet Santa and friends, watch a live ice carving demonstration, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Schedule of Events

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Photos with Santa (please bring your own camera) 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Caroling and Lighting Ceremony

Free family fun; no organized groups, please. Rain, snow, or shine. Strollers are not allowed on the Plaza. Stroller parking will be provided.

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue Manhattan

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Cost

Free

Contact Number

(212) 310-6675

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