By Carol Tannenhauser
The paving stones, bricks, fences, and benches are new, as are the plantings on the sides of the path leading through the northwest section of Theodore Roosevelt Park to the Nobel Monument. But everything has been so carefully matched and placed you wouldn’t know it.
This section of the park, closed since September 2021 because of the construction of the Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, reopened Monday morning with a coffee-and-donut reception for the neighborhood. In fact, if you hurry, you can still snag a donut, as the celebration will continue until 11 am. The entrance is at 81st Street and Columbus or Central Park West.
“We are so happy to be able to return the north part of the park to the neighborhood,” said Dan Slippen, vice president of government & corporate relations for the museum. “Come by and take a look and have a donut!”
The pride that all the staff members from the museum who attended feel about the project is palpable. Behind the donuts, the Gilder Center peeked through.
Here are some other views of the area, but we highly recommend you come and take a look for yourself.
The Gilder Center is scheduled to open on February 17, 2023.