Dante Park

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Dante Park
NewYork Statua di Dante.jpg
Statue of author and poet Dante Alighieri in Dante Park opposite the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Location Lincoln Center in New York City, New York
Coordinates 40°46′19″N 73°58′57″W / 40.77194°N 73.98250°W / 40.77194; -73.98250
Created 1921
Operated by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

Dante Park or Dante Square is a park in front of Lincoln Center in New York City, New York.[1]

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,[2] 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.[1] A statue of the same casting is featured at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC.[2] The park underwent renovations in the early 1990s funded by the Radisson Empire Hotel, with the sculpture also repaired.[1]

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  • Bill Morgan. Literary Landmarks of New York (Universe: New York, 2002), p. 128.
  1. ^ a b c "Dante Park". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Thomas Dossena, Tiziano (2011). "That statue of Dante in the heart of Manhattan". Bridge Puglia USA. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 

Coordinates: 40°46′19″N 73°58′57″W / 40.77194°N 73.98250°W / 40.77194; -73.98250

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