The long tradition of outdoor summer concerts in city parks and open spaces is rooted in a few choice spots, the Battery being one of them. In 1995, an American Linden was planted in her name, and in 2000, 150 years after her debut, Parks hosted a gala event to commemorate the event, featuring Metropolitan Opera stars.Castle Garden (now Castle Clinton) served as a concert hall from 1824 to 1855, with military bands giving concerts regularly and the "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind performing in 1850. The Battery has hosted concerts continuously since then and continues to be a top spot for the summer concert season.A reported 8,000 Girl Scouts sang "Happy Birthday" to Berlin on his 80th birthday in 1968.The singer Kitty Carlisle led the scouts in Sheep Meadow as Berlin looked on.In 1997, the Alliance for Downtown New York began its annual Castle Clinton concert series that draws upon one of the monument's historical uses.
These annual performances began in 1965 at Sheep Meadow and were an immediate success; parkgoers enjoyed a generous free performance by a world-class symphony, and the symphony was exposed to an audience that may never have gone to an indoor event at Lincoln Center.
At the northern end of the Mall, an elaborate cast-iron bandstand once stood (on the present site of the bust of composer Ludwig von Beethoven).
Thousands of people would attend open-air performances.
Find concerts in parks near you on our upcoming calendar of concert events.
The hum of human activity makes parks the centers of society.
Programming the city's open spaces has always been a key component of the Parks Department's mission, and since the inception of parks, outdoor concerts have occurred within them.