NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A restoration project is underway for New York City’s oldest outdoor monument, the Central Park obelisk.
The 70-foot tall obelisk is inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphics and resides behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the east side of Central Park near 81st Street.
Often called “Cleopatra’s Needle,” the structure actually predates Cleopatra by more than a millennium, according to the Central Park Conservancy.
“It was quarried for the Pharaoh Thutmose III,” Matt Riley with the Central Park Conservancy told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams.
Riley said there were two obelisks guarding a sun temple.