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Madison Square Park Conservancy is responsible for the maintenance of the park’s lawns which are in the process of spring reseeding. While the grass is establishing now, visitors should expect the majority of lawns to be ready for use in late May.  Lawns are open daily for public use starting at 10 AM through 5 PM, weather permitting. Lawns are closed on Parade Days.  Learn more about park hours and rules by visiting our FAQ page.

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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