On Thursday, September 30 from 7-9pm, live music and a light show will be taking place one level below the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument at 89th and Riverside Drive.
The event is being organized by the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Association – with the purpose of “drawing attention to the urgent need for repairs to this iconic New York memorial.”
“Please join us for live period music and a lighting of the structure. These will be accompanied by a fascinating narrative of the history, current challenges, and [a] vision for the future for our Monument,” reads the event flyer.
Music will be performed by New Orleans Renaissance, an Upper West Side band which will play music from four eras and themes related to the monument’s history. The band will feature brass instruments, a keyboard, and a vocalist.
A Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Association spokesperson tells us that “The music will be augmented visually by a phased lighting of the Monument.”
Admission will be free but they will be asking the public for a suggested donation of $25 per adult in attendance. This money will go towards restoring the monument to its old glory. Children are welcome at no charge provided they are under strict adult supervision. They ask those who attend to bring their own chairs and blankets.
A 2017 study found that approximately $30 million would be needed to fully repair the monument. While the City has dedicated hundreds of millions for other capital projects in and around Riverside Park – including $90 million for the 79th Street Boat Basin and $348 million for the Overbuild Bridges – the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument continues to be fenced off.
For more information on the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Association, please visit their FB page.