April 24, 2014
A piece of New York City history will once again open to the public. A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the reopening of the Tavern on the Green, the City’s fabled restaurant located in Central Park, just west of Sheep Meadow near 67th Street. The newly renovated restaurant will open its doors to the public on April 24th for dinner service.
The Department of Design and Construction worked with the Department of Parks and Recreation to fully renovate the building envelope and make several infrastructure improvements. The building was restored to its original 1930s footprint with a design created by architecture firm Swanke Hayden Connell. The firm also refurbished the historic façade, celebrating the building’s Victorian Gothic architecture.
“Today we’re returning to the people of New York an important part of our history. I’m happy to say that Tavern on the Green has never looked better,” said DDC Commissioner Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora. “This project is an excellent example of environmentally-sustainable building practices: we adapted an old building for a new generation of patrons and made it energy-efficient. The City’s investment in this historic building will ensure that Tavern on the Green is a vital part of the City’s future, as well as its past.”