madoff-plaque
It’s been just over a year since Vos Iz Neias, an Orthodox Jewish blog, took umbrage at the presence of plaques on several Central Park benches celebrating convicted Ponzi thief Bernie Madoff’s parents and in-laws. Though it speculated that Madoff’s “adopted” benches, just inside the East 67th Street entrance to the park, would be vandalized, they haven’t been, though they still draw gasps from eagle-eyed strollers. Here’s a modest proposal for the Central Park Conservancy: Since they were probably paid for with Other People’s Money, how about reselling those benches at twice the going rate of $7,500 (or even better, the $25,000 it costs to adopt a special “rustic” bench in the spot of your choice) and giving half the proceeds to the Madoff victims restitution fund?