The musical clock built above the arcade between the main part of the Central Park Zoo and the Children’s Zoo, was the idea of George T. Delacorte, Jr. (1894-1991), who built a successful publishing company that started out as Delacorte Press and eventually became Dell Publishing. As Delacorte’s wealth increased, he found it increasingly unsatisfying to write checks to various good causes; he wanted to contribute beautiful things–monuments, statues, and fountains–to New York City, the place he had always called home. Continue reading
Part of the inspiration for this site comes from a remark made by Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams (1860-1935):
"People do not want to hear about simple things. They want to hear about great things—simply told."