The Perimeter Association provides funding for the improvement and maintenance of Central Park's six-mile perimeter which runs from the Park's wall to the street curb. Over 100 residential buildings, clubs, and community organizations around the Park support the program with contributions from $1,500 to $7,000. Contributions to the Perimeter Association allow Conservancy staff to:
- Keep the six-mile perimeter clean seven days a week, year-round
- Remove snow, leaves and graffiti
- Pick up trash and other debris
- Power wash and sweep sidewalks
- Install plantings along the wall and at entrances
- Repair Park walls, sidewalk and benches
Without the support of the Perimeter Association's cooperating buildings, it would be difficult to keep the perimeter clean and maintained.
The map below indicates those buildings that have contributed to the Perimeter Association during the 2015 fiscal year (donations made between July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015).
A special thank you to the Rudin Management Company for their loyal and generous support.
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For more information on or to donate to the Perimeter Association please call 212.310.6668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building of the Season
(© Michael Moran)
at 222 Central Park South
In the early 1900s, a group of New York City-based artists, led by August Franzen, created the Gainsborough Corporation with the express purpose of building a cooperative designed to address two key issues facing artists of the age: lack of sunlight and ample studio space. The group purchased land at 222 Central Park South (between Seventh Avenue and Broadway) and commissioned architect Charles W. Buckham to design a cutting edge live-work space. The resulting building was completed in 1908 and dubbed Gainsborough Studios, its namesake believed to be famed English landscape and portrait painter Thomas Gainsborough.
Originally, the building housed two duplex studios on each floor facing the Park and four single rental apartments on the south-facing end of each floor. In addition to a telephone room and in-house restaurant, residents enjoyed such modern amenities as a central vacuum cleaner system and a laundry room.
The single most defining feature of the building remains the eclectic and colorful tile work that adorns the uppermost portion of the building’s façade. The vivid geometric designs create a stark contrast to the traditional ornamentation of the building’s lower portion, which includes a bust of Thomas Gainsborough.
Through contributions to the Perimeter Association, Gainsborough Studios helps ensure that their residents’ front yard echoes the beauty of the building they call home. On behalf of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, we thank the Board of Directors of Gainsborough Studios for their continued and loyal support.