Marble Arch – Lost Bridge of Central Park

Marble Arch – loveliest of the “Lost Bridges of Central Park“. It was once located at the latitude of 66th Street, providing a crossing under the Drive, with a stairway up to the southern entrance of the Mall. It was demolished in 1938, a victim of Robert Moses’ automobile-centric vision of  20th century New York City.

Clarence Cook wrote of this graceful underpass in A Description of the New York Central Park, published in 1869:

This is one of the pleasantest and most elegantly built of all these cool places for rest and refreshment. It is entered at one end of a level with a foot path; at the other a double stairway to the left and right leads to the level of the Mall and to the carriage-road which this archway is designed to carry. It is called the marble archway to distinguish it, all other structures of this sort in the Park being built either of stone, or brick, or of brick and stone combined. The marble employed is the coarse limestone from the Westchester quarries. . . . A marble bench runs along each side, and at the end . . . a semicircular niche accommodates those who prefer the fuller light that reaches from the stairway. In this niche there is to be placed a suitable marble basin with drinking cups, but, present water is obtained from a common hydrant. The interior of this archway is peculiarly light and attractive, and far more cheerful than other structures of a similar sort in the Park. Here, on a warm day, the children and their nurses gather with their luncheon-baskets, or the reader with his book and sandwich.

Marble is a stone subject to erosion with time. But neglect and new priorities were more to blame — if in fact the archway was in bad condition — when it was demolished.

Marble Arch was found to be obsolete when the plan of the Center Drive and the East Drive was realigned for speedier automobile traffic. The arch was collapsed and is presumed to still exist beneath the ground. The precise location is known but, to date, no archaeological effort has yet been made to unearth it.

 

Marble Arch exemplified another functional purpose of the many pedestrian arches in Central Park — that of a shelter. Somewhat similar to Willowdell Arch, Marble Arch had continuous benches on both sides and a drinking fountain. Its freer detail reflected a similarity with the aesthetically complete interiors and ceilings of some bridges and archways, most notable among them the Terrace Bridge.

Marble Arch was the only archway built of marble in Central Park. Its demolition was unnecessary. It must be remembered that the 1930s, and for several decades after, was very much an era of tearing down and building anew.

Parks Department policy reflected the era’s outlook. In the 1930s, with the ever-increasing number of cars, the drives were straightened in various places. Marble Arch fell victim to fashion. Today, preservation is a force. Were Marble Arch still extant, it would be preserved.

From “Bridges of Central Park”

 

SummerStage tribute to Greenwich Village in the ’60s

MUSIC + REVOLUTION: GREENWICH VILLAGE IN THE 1960’s hosted by Richard Barone

From the beatnik riots to the summer of love, NYC’s Greenwich Village was the epicenter of a revolutionary movement in the history of American music. A new wave of writers and performers, inspired by the folk revival of the late fifties, created introspective, socially-aware, deeply personal songs that deserve to be considered as a key part of the American Songbook alongside the pop songs being written uptown. These writers – Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Janis Ian, Fred Neil and Phil Ochs, to name just a few – changed the “folk” repertoire from traditional songs to songs sprung from personal, contemporary experience, as well as from the headlines. This freewheeling concert, hosted and curated by Richard Barone, who pays tribute to that exciting era on his recent album ‘Sorrows and Promises’, celebrates the lasting legacy of that pivotal decade along with an eclectic roster of artists from then and now performing songs that still resonate today.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open 6:00 pm)

SummerStage, Central Park

Rumsey Playfield

FEATURED PERFORMERS: Richard Barone (host/MC) John Sebastian Jesse Colin Young (of The Youngbloods) Melanie José Feliciano Maria Muldaur Jenni Muldaur Marshall Crenshaw Jeffrey Gaines Nellie McKay David Amram Happy Traum The Kennedys Tammy Faye Starlite Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone editor) Cindy Lee Berryhill Steve Addabbo Joe McGinty Jeordie

Visuals provided by historian Stephen Petrus, co-author of Folk City

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Central Park Film Festival 2108

HAIR – Milos Forman

Celebrate great New York films and filmmakers under the stars at the 2018 Central Park Film Festival. This year’s lineup will include two of our Top Ten Central Park Movies – Hair and The Muppets Take Manhattan. Rounding out the schedule is a classic Spike Lee film – Crooklyn – plus a brilliant send up of the Cold War by Stanley Kubrick – Dr. Strangelove.

August 14, 2018 Hair – 1979 (PG)

August 15, 2018 Crooklyn – 1994 (PG-13)

August 16, 2018 Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – 1964 (PG)

August 17, 2018 The Muppets Take Manhattan – 1984 (G)

Location: Central Park (Landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive)

FREE

Details The Film Festival is free. Tickets are not required.

Gates open at 6:30 pm. Pre-show programming and music from 6:30 pm. Movie starts at dusk.

All movies are open captioned.

To ensure that everyone can enjoy the films, the following are not permitted: alcoholic beverages, glass bottles, chairs, video cameras, and tape recorders.

Event is subject to cancellation due to weather.

Dispatch at Central Park’s SummerStage

DISPATCH WITH SPECIAL GUESTS NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE AND RAYE ZARAGOZA Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open 5:00 pm) For over t . . . → Read More: Dispatch at Central Park’s SummerStage

Ozy Fest 2018

Described by The New York Times as “part music festival, part TED talk, part food fair,” and by CNBC as “New York’s answer to SXSW,” OZY FEST features world-class entertainers, innovators, esteemed thought leaders, artists and some of the world’s best food. This year’s lineup includes musicians Common and Grouplove; performers Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan and Laverne Cox; comedians Chelsea Handler, Hasan Minhaj and Michelle Wolf; authors Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Pinker, Roxane Gay and Salman Rushdie; celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Roy Choi; Jemele Hill (ESPN), Scott Rogowsky (HQ), Martha Stewart and more to be announced.

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“OZY FEST is a massive party that descends upon New York City, bringing together the most diverse group of performers, thinkers, chefs and entertainers for an unprecedented exchange of ideas and the most fun you’ll have all year,” says Carlos Watson, OZY co-founder and CEO. “This year we’re giving you double the fun, taking over Central Park for two days of laugh-out-loud comedy, delicious food and the hottest music. You don’t want to miss it!”

OZY FEST is something you experience — not something you just attend. OZY FEST 2017 attracted over 5,000 guests who engaged with art, opened their minds to technology, politics and provocative speakers, tasted inventive foods and partied to live music, all in one place. Past headliners have included Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Samantha Bee, Mark Cuban, Issa Rae, Jason Derulo, Katie Couric, Sen. Cory Booker, Jeb Bush, Eddie Huang and many more.

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