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Andrew H. Green Memorial and Bike Tour…November 8th.

Ok, so who the hell is Andrew H. Green, besides having such a prodigious last name? (mine)

Well, according to Wikipedia the H is for Haswell, and he was a New York lawyer, civic planner who championed for great civic works like Riverside Drive, Morningside Heights, Fort Washington Park and for making the plans effective for Central Park as we know it now.

He has a stone bench dedicated to his service and today their is the sixth annual Memorial Ceremony and Bike Tour.

Here are some detail from the website:
“Green Tribute Ceremony & Bike Ride

The Sixth Annual Andrew H. Green Tribute Ceremony has been scheduled for Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 12:00 noon at the Green Memorial Bench in Central Park. The bike tour will depart immediately after the ceremony. Both the ceremony and ride are free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Directions to the Andrew H. Green Memorial Bench:

Note: Looking at the map, the bench appears approachable from all sides. It is not. Because of hills and drop-offs not shown, it can only be reached using the footpath mentioned below.

From the East Side: At Fifth Avenue and E. 102 Street, enter the park via the automobile entrance road. Bear right, merging on to the main drive. Continue walking north on the drive for about two blocks. When you come to the standing three-sided map on your left, turn left on to the wide, well-paved crossover road that heads to the West Side. Take an immediate right on to the blacktop footpath that heads uphill. The bench is at the top of the hill.

From the West Side: At Central Park West and W. 100 Street, enter the park via the automobile entrance road. Bear left, merging on to the main drive. Continue walking north on the drive for about two blocks. Before the drive crosses a stone bridge, turn right on to the wide, well-paved crossover road that heads to the East Side. This road will be marked with an “Authorized Vehicles Only” sign. Continue down this road, passing a little police kiosk on your right. Just before the road intersects with the main east drive, turn left on to the blacktop footpath that heads uphill. The bench is at the top of the hill.”

According to Forgotten-Ny.com, which is a great site for info on hidden finds in NYC, this is also the spot where Green was shot in 1903 in a case of mistaken identity…oops.

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