Day 1230

Fred Lebow

May 13th, 2015

Central Park, which hosted the first few New York City Marathons in the 1970s and is still home to the final stretch of the race, is a fitting place for a memorial to Fred Lebow, the marathon's founder. But when Mr. Lebow died in 1994, a moratorium on new monuments in the park prevented a permanent memorial from being erected. So a sneaky solution was worked out: his statue is allowed to stand here as a temporary installation — and what makes it technically temporary is that it's moved from its perch once per year, when it's set up to greet runners at the marathon's finish line.

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  1. A great story and a great photo.

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