PARTNER PROFILE – NYC Parks – Arts & Antiquities

As an organization dedicated to honoring and serving our veterans, the UWVC spends quite a bit of time at local military memorials, most of which are inside New York City parks. We are proud to work with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, which has always been a strong partner of our veterans community.

We work with different offices within Parks, including the great folks in charge of events, permitting, maintenance and security.  Today, we’re highlighting their Arts and Antiquity office, led by Director Jonathan Kuhn.  This team

is responsible for over 800 monuments and installations throughout parks in the five boroughs. 

Many of these pieces of public art are related to military or veteran history.  The Arts and Antiquity team knows how important these memorials are to our veterans community and works hard to preserve, maintain and restore them. 

Recently, their team undertook a citywide project to repair or refurbish the over 100 World War I memorials throughout the city, in commemoration of the World War I Centennial.  And just last month, they were out and about making sure that every NYC war memorial was cleaned up and ready for Memorial Day.  Although the memorials have been subjected to much less traffic due to social distancing, pigeons, weather, and tree branches still take their toll…

The UWVC is grateful to the Arts and Antiquity team, and to the entire NYC Parks Department, for their role in preserving and promoting the legacy of our veterans!