The Schiff Fountain anchors the Essex Street Promenade.
The German-Jewish banker, businessman and philanthropist Jacob Henry Schiff (1847-1920), erected the ornate Schiff Fountain in Rutgers Square; the fountain was moved to its present site on the Essex St. side of Seward Park in 1936.
It is currently a sad remnant of its former glory. We envision a complete restoration of the fountain.
Strauss Square is a triangle located just outside the park across Canal Street. We envision closing that short stretch of Canal Street and allowing Strauss Square to flow seamlessly into Seward Park. The Square containsa monument erected in 1953 to the men and women of the Lower East Side who served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.
We envision a green, resilient space for quiet contemplation and reading to replace the barren asphalt now in front of the library.