Become a Founding Donor Today!

We hope that you have noticed the new plantings, seating area and beautiful changes that have occurred in Verdi Square Park.  We can only continue our project with your support . . . please help us with your donations to keep the park beautiful, clean and safe.

Donor Levels

Saturdays - $35
The number of Saturday mornings our volunteer gardeners will have worked by the time of the ribbon cutting to clear and plant at Verdi Square!

Hope Your Mango’s Ripe - $152
Kathleen Kelly’s (Meg Ryan) words to Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) as they sat on a bench on the east side of Verdi Square Park in You’ve Got Mail. Memorialize that romance with a contribution of $152, in honor of Joe Fox’s dating site handle “NYC152”.

Station 313 - $313
Station 313? What might that have to do with Verdi Square Park? The 72nd Street subway station opened on October 27, 1904, as part of the original subway, with trains running from Brooklyn Bridge to 145th Street. The original configuration had just one entrance (the control house on the traffic island between 71st and 72nd Streets, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and the platforms and stairways were unusually narrow. There were no crossovers or cross-unders, as the control house had separate turnstile banks and token booths for each side. The 72nd Second Street station is known as . . .  Station 313. Pay tribute with a donation of $313.

FLAO – Falstaff, Leonora, Aida, Otello - $400
When was the last time you really looked at the Giuseppe Verdi statue? He is depicted towering over four of his most popular characters: Falstaff (on the pedestal’s west side), Leonora of La forza del destino (south side), Aida (north), and Otello (east). A donation of $400 honors these beloved characters from Verdi’s music.

Civiletti - $1,906
Verdi’s legacy is captured in the Verdi Monument, created by Sicilian sculptor Pasquale Civiletti (1858–1952) in 1906. Made of Carrara marble and Montechiaro limestone, the full-length portrait was unveiled on October 12, 1906, the 414th anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of America. The day began with a march of Italian societies from Washington Square to the site at Broadway and West 72nd Street. Over 10,000 people attended the unveiling, attesting to the significance of the occasion in uniting Italian-Americans in celebration of their cultural and artistic heritage. The sculptures were unveiled by newspaper magnate Carlo Barsotti’s grandchild, who pulled a string that released a helium balloon, lifting the monument’s red, white and green shroud (the colors of the Italian flag). As it peeled away, a dozen doves—concealed in its folds—were released into the air, and flowers cascaded from the veil upon the participants. A donation of $1,906 honors Civiletti and his beautiful contribution to Verdi Square.

The Woodland - $4,138
The Woodland, the area surrounding the Verdi statue, was long known as Needle Park. It has undergone the most dramatic transformation during the site’s recent revitalization. It better showcases the beautiful work of Pasquale Civiletti, and it now accommodates seating and gravel paths. The Woodland area encompasses 4,138 square feet, and a donation of $4,138 pays tribute to heart of Verdi Square Park.

 Friends of Verdi Square, Inc. is a sponsored project of City Parks Foundation, a non-profit that offers programs in public parks throughout New York City. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Friends of Verdi Square, Inc. must be made payable to City Parks Foundation only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


Friends of Verdi Square, Inc. is a sponsored project of City Parks Foundation, a non-profit that offers programs in public parks throughout New York City. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Friends of Verdi Square, Inc. must be made payable to City Parks Foundation only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

A copy of City Park Foundation’s most recently filed financial report is available from the Charities Registry on the New York State Attorney General’s website (www.charitiesnys.com) or, upon request, by contacting the New York State Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or us at Friends of Verdi Square, 127 West 83rd Street, PO Box 115, New York, NY 10024. You also may obtain information on charitable organizations from the New York State Office of the Attorney General by calling (212) 416-8401.


You may join by clicking the link below and making a payment online,
or by mailing your checks made payable to City Parks Foundation to:
Friends of Verdi Square, Inc.
127 West 83rd Street, P.O. Box 115
New York, NY 10024
212.245.8134

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