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New York  

Sundial 250
State/Province:  New York Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Hemicyclium Condition:  Very good
Latitude:   40° 46.4' N Longitude:   73° 58.0' W
Location:
  • Central Park, north-west of 5th Ave. and Terrace Dr. Entrance at 5th Avenue & 72nd Street.
 
Description:
  • Granite model of old roman hemicyclium dial with beautiful horizontal bronze gnomon with figure of woman. Hour and date lines may be incorrect. Slightly vandalized and chipped. This dial is a detail of a larger park bench that itself was designed to show time on the equinoxes; refer to Dial 614. The park bench alignment is nominally north but this dial may be misaligned as the Roman hour numbers inscribed on the face run clockwise, incorrect for a south-facing dial. Dial sits atop a large stone park bench.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: City of New York
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1930
 
References:
  • New York Times, Apr. 15, 1997 p. C13. "The Sundials of New York City"
    See also Dial 614