Our Vision is to come together as a community to ensure a vibrant, urban greenspace—a sanctuary, a meeting place—for friends, visitors and neighbors, that inspires our imaginations, fosters friendships, and offers calm amidst hectic city life.


Our Mission

Our mission is to restore, enhance and maintain Verdi Square Park, in partnership with the City of New York, for the enjoyment and benefit of our diverse community; to engage the community in active stewardship of the park; and to promote a connection to nature through educational programming especially for children and youth.

About the verdi square project

The Woodland is the name given to the newly designed garden surrounding the statue of Giuseppe Verdi at Verdi Square. The Woodland is inspired by community interest in a safe, beautiful and ecologically sustainable green space accessible to all. The Woodland was designed to include indigenous New York City plant species that are proven to thrive in the urban environment. Additional criteria include safety, four-season beauty, wildlife and educational value.  Each of the native species planted in the Woodland has ecological partners including pollinators, butterflies and birds that can be expected to visit the garden throughout the year. Weekend nature programming will be built around the diversity of native plants and their intimate and fascinating roles in the fabric of life. The Friends of Verdi Square, our volunteer gardeners and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation have worked together to acquire and plant the garden and will maintain it throughout the year.

The Meadow is the raised garden on the Broadway side of Verdi Square, and is our next project, along with the Rose Garden, the raised granite beds featuring the urns, in the center of the plaza. We welcome your donations to Friends of Verdi Square so that we can complete the design of the Woodland, the Meadow and the Rose Garden!

FRIENDS OF VERDI SQUARE STEERING COMMITTEE: Aleya Lehmann, Nancy Kaufman, Daniel Atha, Kathleen Murphy, Richard Kowal, Aaron Harnick, Joseph Kalis and Quentin Webb.

WITH SUPPORT FROM: NYS Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal; Ken Coughlin, Jennifer Markas and Roberta Semer from Community Board 7/Manhattan; and Elizabeth Ewell, Goddard Riverside/Green Keepers.

“People respond positively to well maintained greenspaces . . . they’ve become a hallmark of successful public spaces.”
— Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Parks