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New York  

Sundial 614
State/Province:  New York Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Calendrical 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:
  • A granite park bench about 30 feet diameter whose bench shelf was designed to cast a shadow indicating time on the equinoxes. Individual curved lines corresponding to the bench shadows mark 10AM, Noon and 2PM. Known as the Waldo Hutchins Bench, the bench includes a second hemicyclium dial above its backrest; refer to Dial 250. Dial alignment may not be accurate.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of New York
  • ALTERI VIVAS OPORTET SI VIS TIBI VIVERE
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1930
 
References:
  • New York Times, Apr. 15, 1997 p. C13. "The Sundials of New York City"
    See also Dial 250