Verdi Square



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Verdi Square is a small triangle of land enclosed by a railing, located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, between 72nd Street and 73rd Street on the south and north, and Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue on the west and east. On the south the square fronts West 72nd Street; across the street to the south lies Sherman Square. On the north it is enclosed by the Florentine Renaissance palazzo of the Central Savings Bank, now Apple Bank for Savings (illustration, left); the trapezoidal structure, with a vast vaulted Roman banking hall 65 feet high, was designed by York and Sawyer and built in 1926–28.
In the center of Verdi Square stands the handsome Giuseppe Verdi Monument to opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, erected in 1906. A statue of him by Pasquale Civiletti (1858-1952) stands at the top of it and statues of four of his most famous characters (Falstaff, Leonora of La forza del destino, Aida and Otello) are on the base below him. In the landscaping devised by Lynden Miller in 2004, flowers around the statue bloom in the spring and summer months. There is an IRT subway station lies under the square.


In the 1960s and 1970s Verdi Square and Sherman Square were known by local drug users and dealers as "needle park." as depicted in The Panic in Needle Park (1971).
A new second entrance headhouse to 72nd Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line) completed in 2002 has increased the pedestrian area to the west, taking in a former lane of Broadway traffic.