Posted by: nancycurteman | January 7, 2021

Tavern on the Green: From Sheep to Chandeliers

Tavern on the Green, one of New York City’s unique restaurants, has a unique history. One could say it went from sheep to chandeliers. In fact, the spot where the restaurant stands was once a sheep shed It was designed by Calvert Vaux and built in 1870 to house the sheep that grazed in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow. 

After years of contented grazing, the sheep were banished to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and in 1934 the building was transformed in to a restaurant and given the name: Tavern on the Green.

With the addition over the years of a large dance floor, an outdoor patio area and the glass enclosed Crystal Room with its sparkling chandeliers, the sheepfold became the jewel Manhattan. It also became the second-highest-grossing restaurant in the United States.

Tavern on the Green closed in 2009 much to the chagrin of New Yorkers. It was renovated and finally reopened in 2014. Closed during the Covid-19 virus, it will reopen when safe.


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