Photo courtesy of Central Park Conservancy.
Central Park just reopened The Dairy, a historic building near 65th Street in the center of the park, after a renovation project that fixed the roof and windows, made it ADA-compliant, and added climate control features inside. It serves as a visitors center and gift shop.
The Dairy is one of the oldest structures in the park. It was was a gathering place for children in the 19th century, where they could get milk and snacks. It became the official park visitors center in 1979. The video below explains the restoration.
And the Marlene Meyerson JCC on 76th and Amsterdam has reopened its Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Auditorium, which has been under construction for over a year. It’s now showing the Other Israel Film Festival, which runs through November 11.
“The auditorium went through a full gut renovation, with a design by Mitchell Kurtz,” the JCC tells us. “Overall, the auditorium changes were to beautify, improve comfort, and make it more accessible. Some of the major updates include: larger, more comfortable seats; sound improvements and better acoustical materials; accessibility improvements; and technological upgrades including a new screen, upgraded sound board, and lighting.”
The auditorium will be used for concerts, talks and holliday events, including the return of Shabbat Shabbang dinners and Hannukah parties.
The Dairy is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
As a place welcoming the public will the Dairy have rest rooms?
I wondered the same thing myself. I know it didn’t have them before restoration. A visitor center without restrooms makes no sense.
Central Park has so many restrooms that sometimes it feels like it is just one big restroom. Please figure out how to hold it a bit.
Where are they? Every time a tourist asks me where to find a bathroom I direct them to the castle. It’s the only one I was aware of.
The other day when I was at the Conservatory Water, located just north of the E. 72nd St. the bathroom was locked. There are definitely not enough bathrooms in Central Park and some could be in better condition.
Thank you Paul! I don’t see a reply link under your message so I’m posting this under my question. 🙂
There are 19 in the Park.
A list, mapped, is here