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Central Park

Date: Built between 1857 and 1859.

Architects: Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

Central Park in History: The city's mid-nineteenth-century upper class is primarily responsible for hatching the idea for Central Park: They desired a public space on a par with those found in Europe. The poverty-stricken population who lived on the park's site in shanties was presumably less thrilled with the notion. Still, the project went forward, and within a few years, the park was visited by more than five million people annually.

Central Park Today: In 1980, the Central Park Conservancy was founded; since then, the group has raised more than $300 million for the park, insuring that Central Park remains the preeminent public space in the country.

Trivia tidbits: Six percent of the total acreage in Manhattan belongs to Central Park. The upper loop is 5.2 miles. The lower loop is 1.7 miles. To walk all of the pedestrian paths in the park would cover 58 miles!

Address: 59th (Between 5th Avenue and Central Park West) to 110th Streets
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Photo: Copyright the Gerald & Marc Hoberman Collection 2001. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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