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How Central Park Was Designed as a Park for the People

By Central Park Conservancy|19 July 2018
This month, we celebrate the 165th anniversary of the New York State Legislature setting aside the land to create Central Park. The intention behind that historic act was to transform rock outcrops, swamps, and marshland into “a public place” that would provide a beautiful and democratic...

The History of Central Park’s North End

The History of Central Park’s North End

By Central Park Conservancy|21 June 2018
Before it became Central Park, the Park’s north end served an important role in the early history of the United States. In celebration of Independence Day, get to know this area’s rich past, which includes appearances from General George Washington and several military fortifications &md...

10 Ways to Be Active This Summer in Central Park

10 Ways to Be Active This Summer in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|07 June 2018
With the warm weather, lush green lawns, and bustling atmosphere of summer — not to mention the news that Central Park’s drives will be going car-free beginning June 27 — it’s the perfect time to be active in the Park! Want to get moving in New York City’s backyard? We&...

8 Secrets of Central Park

8 Secrets of Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|24 May 2018
Central Park can surprise even lifelong New Yorkers with secluded spots and enthralling secrets. Next time you’re going for a stroll in the Ramble or running near the Reservoir, remember these fascinating stories. 1. Before the creation of Central Park, the Loch in the North Woods provided ...

Our New CEO and the Conservancy’s Next Era

Our New CEO and the Conservancy’s Next Era

By Central Park Conservancy|03 May 2018
Elizabeth (“Betsy”) W. Smith, the Central Park Conservancy’s new President and CEO, starts most days with an early-morning run through Central Park. “Spending time in the Park’s marvelous intertwining pathways and green spaces — it’s a critical part of my da...

Where to Find Spring Blooms in Central Park

Where to Find Spring Blooms in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|19 April 2018
Each spring, Central Park’s flowers bring bursts of color to New York City. Looking for some of this season’s most photogenic landscapes? Here are your must-see destinations for beautiful spring blooms in the Park. Crabapple trees — look for two allées of them...

Secrets of Shakespeare Garden

Secrets of Shakespeare Garden

By Central Park Conservancy|05 April 2018
Tucked away on the west side of Central Park between 79th and 80th Streets is Shakespeare Garden. Named for poet and playwright William Shakespeare, the Garden is designed to evoke the Bard’s native English countryside. Featuring hundreds of plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s works, this ...

Tips from Central Park's Volunteers

Tips from Central Park’s Volunteers

By Central Park Conservancy|22 March 2018
Our green-shirted volunteers are everywhere in Central Park: gardening, greeting visitors on foot and in kiosks, painting benches, and guiding visitors on walking tours. Each year, more than 400 regular volunteers — along with over 1,300 people who serve on corporate Park maintenance projects ...

From the Mailbag March 2018

From the Mailbag: Solitude, Sports, and Skyline Views

By Central Park Conservancy|01 March 2018
What have you always wanted to know about Central Park? When we recently posed this question on our Instagram Story, we received curious inquiries on everything from the best places to take skyline photos to the history of the Minton tile ceiling in the Bethesda Terrace Arcade. Read our responses be...
Categories:  Insider Tips

10 Date Ideas in Central Park

10 Date Ideas in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|08 February 2018
Central Park has always been home to romance — did you know a popular path for couples named Lovers' Lane once existed where Turtle Pond is today? These days, there are so many date spots in the Park that planning a romantic outing can be overwhelming. Whether you're visiting for a first date ...

How the Obelisk Made Its Home in Central Park

How the Obelisk Made Its Home in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|01 February 2018
The Obelisk, also known as Cleopatra's Needle, arrived in Central Park more than 130 years ago. Standing between the Great Lawn and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Obelisk is the oldest outdoor monument in New York City and the oldest man-made object in Central Park. The Obelisk's history is ric...

The Story of Seneca Village

The Story of Seneca Village

By Central Park Conservancy|18 January 2018
Before Central Park was created, the landscape along the Park’s perimeter from West 83rd to West 89th Street was home to Seneca Village, the largest community of free African-American property owners in New York before the Civil War. With more than 200 African-American, German, and Irish resid...
Categories:  History