For more than 30 years, board-certified plastic surgeon; Dr. George Lefkovits has been helping plastic surgery patients from his location in central Manhattan, next to world-famous Central Park. He is proud of his community’s cultural history and his involvement in the area.
New York Central Park History
New York has long been the cultural leader in the US in terms of setting the cultural and aesthetic trends for the country. Many people describe New York as the cultural center of the US, and Central Park is the cultural center of New York.
Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States, modeled on the extensive public grounds of foreign capitals, such as London and Paris. It was intended to be a gathering place for wealthy merchants and landowners in the area, where families could see and be seen by all the city’s elite.
The swampy land located between Fifth and Eighth avenues and 59th and 106th streets had avoided private development, but was home to some 1600 residents. These residents lived in small villages, farms, and even a school and convent called Mount St. Vincent Academy. Eminent domain was used to evict residents, and the school was relocated to The Bronx, and in 1911 became the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
The park was expanded to 110th Street in 1863 and officially completed in 1873. The park went through a period of poor maintenance and decline, but remained an attractive center for the cultural elite, despite the presence of dead trees, patches of scraggly grass, and grazing sheep. In 1934, the park was restored, the sheep were relocated to Brooklyn, and the “Hoover Valley” shantytown was removed.
A Continually Growing Cultural Center
Central Park’s cultural significance is shown by the presence of cultural buildings clustered around this central Manhattan landmark. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (or simply The Met) was completed about the same time as Central Park, part of Manhattan’s Museum Mile, which also includes the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Carnegie Hall, one of the world’s most prestigious music venues, is located just a couple blocks from Central Park, and was completed in 1891.
Throughout the 20th century and beyond, cultural venues have been drawn to the Central Park area of Manhattan. The Metropolitan Opera House was completed in 1966, the same year that the Whitney Museum, a modern art museum originally located in Greenwich Village, opened in its current building.
Shopping in the Central Park area is considered the epitome of high culture, rivaled only perhaps by Paris and Milan for its upscale shops like Barney’s and Bergdorf Goodman.
Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lefkovits’ New York Community Involvement
Plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits has been practicing in the Central Park area of Manhattan since the 1980s. A member of the Better Business Bureau, he is also a local teacher, volunteer, and supporter of the arts, culture, sciences, and sports.
Dr. Lefkovits is a self-described “big opera buff,” a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, and a former president of the Semmelweis Scientific Society. He has coached Little League Basketball, and is a supporter of the NY Knicks and the Yankees.
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