The de Blasio office is attempting to diversify public art in the region. One example of the endeavors being made in this sphere is the honoring of the Seneca Village property owners and educators – the Lyons family.
A little bit of history: Back in the 1850s, an entire community was forced out of the Seneca Village neighborhood in order to create Central Park. The majority of that community was black. Now, NYC is planning to fund a private monument to honor this family that has roots that go back to that time.
One Upper East Side local, Jerry Montagu said the following:
“This is the right thing to do. Sure – with 20/20 hindsight we see that Central Park was of course needed – but that doesn’t take away from the fact that an entire village was essentially wiped out. It’s about time something was done to show respect.”
It will be an historical lesson as well. As semi-retired landscape artist Moshe Victor Keinig pointed out:
“One of the most important contributions to a spectacular landscape is really, its history. This new effort from de Blasio and his team is really an opportunity to right a wrong and to educate the people of New York.”
It is very often the case that people are completely unaware of their own history and what lies under the surface upon which they walk. Keinig added:
“This is a great start for New York, its history and its future. Let’s just hope that de Blasio and his people are regarding this as a first step in proper restoration.”