NEW YORK (AP) — New York state officials say they will rename a New York City park's cultural center for the philanthropist chairman of Carnegie Hall.
Robert Smith, who is also one of the largest donors to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, donated $1 million to the Cultural Performance Center at the Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in Harlem. The New York Times reports Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will announce Thursday that the center will be renamed the Robert Frederick Smith Center for the Performing Arts for the gift.
Cuomo says the gift will ensure Riverbank as a "centerpiece of West Harlem's vitality." The 25-year-old center serves more than 60,000 people a year.
Smith says he's humbled to contribute to a center that brings together appreciators of the arts.
Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com