Tavern On The Green Becomes Visitors Ctr, Plaza

NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS/WCBS 880/CBS 2) – A visitors center and food court has opened at the once glitzy Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park.

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LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports

In addition to the visitors center that includes interactive city maps and a gift shop, the pedestrian plaza features trees, tables, benches and food vendors selling soups, dumplings, Turkish tacos and ice cream, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.

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(Photo/Rich Lamb)

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe cut the ribbon unveiling the new center Friday.

“We’ve brought to life a space and made very public a space that has been quiet for a while and it’s going to have a very populist feel,” Benepe said.

Clean public bathrooms are also among the welcomed new amenities.

“That’s the most important thing — having clean bathrooms and a visitor’s center and having an area where we can see what’s going on in the city,” one woman told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

The original Tavern on the Green closed its doors on New Year’s Eve after 75 years. About three years ago, it was still one of the world’s top-grossing restaurants.

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  • Alberto

    I am conpletly disapointed they closed the landmark Tavern on the Green restaurant… Someone like Donald Trump should bring back the prestige NYC Central Park West once had by reopening the restaurant bigger and better then before.

  • R.Atkinson

    Ever since the Loeb Boathouse stopped serving hot dogs and cokes a decade ago and became a high end restaurant, there’s been no place in Central Park where the common man could have an inexpensive and sheltered sit down feed. Now there is again.

    Olmstead & Vaux wrote they designed the park as “a democratic development of the highest significance” at a time when people had picnics in cemeteries because there were no parks. People from every continent and country come to NYC to walk in the park and experience those democratic ideals made solid. Whoever is griping about unions and the president instead of seeing this bigger picture is letting O’Reilly, Limbaugh & Beck do their small-minded, pinhead thinking.

  • ed

    Blame it on the unions and the cowardly politicians who wouldn’t buck them. In NY the unions want to run your business for you….much like the Obama administration does.

    • Josh P

      Ed you partisan cupcake… Unions exist b/c of management, not the other way around. Because the restaurant is on city property, it HAS TO BE unionized. Moving on, Tavern will re-open as a restaurant someday. And when it does, it will be operated by a company who seeks to provide excellent service first, great food second, and profits third. Wake me when that happens.

  • Vero

    Disgusting and embarrassing. Typical.

  • Devenio

    A visitors center? This was the best they could come up with?

  • Jimmy

    Yes, a tragedy it is. Why wasn’t it Landmarked? I used to take my daughter there after ABT performances at Lincoln center.

  • estes

    This is an absolute tragedy!!!!!

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