Dante Park



View Larger Map
Dante Square, or Dante Park is a park in front of Lincoln Center in New York City, New York.
Dante Park was established by Italian-Americans in honor of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. Carlo Barsotti, editor of the paper Il Progresso, originally wanted to gather funds for a much more substantial statue to be placed in Times Square around 1912. Because of fundraising difficulties, by 1921, the 600th anniversary of Dante's death, a smaller statue was completed by Ettore Ximenes and placed in the location at Broadway at West 64th Street.
A statue of the same casting in Dante Park is featured at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC.