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Lawns Closed Today
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Madison Square Park Conservancy is responsible for the maintenance of the park’s lawns, which includes closing the lawns each year from October through May for reseeding. With the heightened need for public space, the Conservancy has kept the lawns open throughout the pandemic. For the month of April, all lawns will be closed to reestablish the grass in time for summer.

Star of Hope

History

Star of Hope

Starofhope

The Star of Hope was built to commemorate the first public Christmas tree lighting ceremony in our country’s history, which took place in Madison Square Park in 1912 “as a gift to the less fortunate in the city.” That spectacle attracted over 25,000 visitors and featured a tree decorated with thousands of twinkling lights at a time when electricity was still uncommon throughout the United States. 

Located on the park’s southern perimeter, the Star of Hope is a five-pointed star that sits atop a 35-foot tall white metal pole. The star is lit throughout the year to convey the holiday spirits of brotherhood and generosity.

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Abigail Deville: Light of Freedom
Abigail Deville: Light of Freedom, Narrated by Brooke Kamin Rappoport
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