Dante Park or Dante Square is a park in front of Lincoln Center in New York City, New York.
The park was established by Italian-Americans in honor of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265–1321). Carlo Barsotti, editor of the paper Il Progresso Italo-Americano, originally wanted to gather funds for a much more substantial statue to be placed in Times Square around 1912. Because of fundraising difficulties, by 1921, the 600th anniversary of Dante's death, a smaller statue was completed by Ettore Ximenes and placed in the location at Broadway at West 64th Street. A statue of the same casting is featured at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC. The park underwent renovations in the early 1990s funded by the Radisson Empire Hotel, with the sculpture also repaired.
Dante Park and the poet's statue.
- Bill Morgan. Literary Landmarks of New York (Universe: New York, 2002), p. 128.
Coordinates: 40°46′19″N 73°58′57″W / 40.77194°N 73.98250°W
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