Letter to the editor: Sam Biederman, Assistant Commissioner at NYC Department of Parks responds to HFP article

Sam Biederman, Assistant Commissioner for Communications at NYC Department of Parks & Recreation has responded to our article: Baffling New York City monument planned to commemorate 1956 Hungarian Revolution.


The proposed monument to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution is funded and supported by a group of veterans from the conflict. The design for both plaque and the low-lying seating wall is by Tamas Nagy, an architect currently practicing and teaching in Budapest.


  • The project currently has conceptual approval from the Public Design Commission and approval from Community Board 9.
  • The project has been submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission


As Mr. Biederman indicates, there is no final approval for the project from the City. It is premature (and unprofessional) to make statements about the inauguration on Hungarian Television. (See Consul General to New York Mr. Kumin here.)

The estimated cost is $525,000 from which $35,000 from the Hungarian Government. According to the project website, “we urgently need to raise an additional $340,000 to complete the memorial project.” It seems that funds are still missing and at this point we hope that it is not too late to stop this effort and plan a suitable 1956 memorial in NYC at a later time. (Read here.)

György Lázár

One Comment

  1. Avatar Dr. Habil. Andras Fodor says:

    Dear Mr. Lázár,
    I am not in a position to argue any financial details of the project, but I have bad feeling, correct me if I were mistaken, that you have reasons not only financial, to suggest postponing theproject “to later tme”. You simply do not want it to be built during the Orban government existing. You simply hope yhat your fallen friends, the postcommunists will come back to power one day. George, do not cheat yourself. They will not ever come back. They are in the trashbag of the history.

    Sincerey yours,

    Dr. Habil. András Fodor

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