Richard Tucker Park opposite Lincoln Center

Description

Richard Tucker Square is a pocket park located in a small triangle known formerly as Empire Park North and adjacent to Lincoln Center. A bronze portrait bust of the opera star, Richard Tucker, by sculptor Milton Hebald, sits on an inverted, tapered and polished granite pedestal on which are inscribed the titles of 31 operas that Tucker performed.

Tucker was born in Brooklyn in 1913, and he worked as a cantor before making his debut with New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1945. Tucker enjoyed a thirty-year career with the Met, specializing in Italian operatic works. The monument was a gift of Tucker’s wife, Sarah, and was unveiled in 1979. A similar bust was unveiled in Tel Aviv, Israel that same year.

The park has nice trees and planters with small tables and chairs. There is a small farmers' market on the weekends.