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A Place to Reflect: Honoring Veterans in Central Park

By Marissa Castrigno|16 May 2019
Central Park is an escape from the bustling city — and a place to rest, relax, and, sometimes, reflect. In honor of Memorial Day and the many veterans who have served our country, we take a special look at the Park’s monuments that commemorate their service. One of the most well-kno...

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Ready, Set, Safari: A Beloved Playground Reopens

By Marissa Castrigno|13 May 2019
Safari Playground gives children the feeling of escape and adventure while climbing atop and around its iconic giant hippo sculptures and admiring sweeping views of the nearby Reservoir! This playground is a kid-favorite thanks to its many opportunities for open play. Originally built in 1936, it re...

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The Competition: 33 Plans for Central Park in 1858

By Marissa Castrigno|18 April 2019
The Park that we know and love today was designed during a competition run by the Commissioners of Central Park from 1857 to 1858. The first-place winner, the Greensward plan, was inspired in part by the open fields of the English countryside. The plan’s designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Ca...

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New Yorkers Celebrate Spring in Central Park

By Marissa Castrigno|22 March 2019
A full day of free special events and programs unfolded across Central Park on March 20 to celebrate the first day of spring. Conservancy teams have been preparing the Park for months for warmer weather, and Central Park Celebrates Spring encouraged the community to take part in all that this season...

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How to Spend Spring in Central Park

By Marissa Castrigno|20 March 2019
A new season has arrived, and our staff has prepared for months to make Central Park a welcoming spring haven. Conservancy teams have been pruning trees, turning on fountains, tending to gardens, and more. Admire the beauty and warmth of this season while enjoying a bevy of new ways to explore Centr...
Categories:  Things to See and Do

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Art, Activism, and More: How Women Have Influenced Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|07 March 2019
Did you know one of Central Park's most popular statues was created by a woman? Or that more than 100 women work in the Park today as gardeners, architects, groundskeepers, and more? In celebration of Women's History Month, we highlight some important contributions by women who have helped make the ...
Categories:  History

The Beginner’s Guide to Photography in Central Park

The Beginner’s Guide to Photography in Central Park

By Hannah Mrakovčić|21 February 2019
Central Park is one of the most Instagrammed landmarks in the world — and millions of visitors each year capture the Park’s energy and beauty through photography. But with 843 acres, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Read on to learn insider tips on when, where, and how to get the ...

Uncovering the Story of Seneca Village

Uncovering the Stories of Seneca Village

By Marie Warsh|07 February 2019
For decades, scholars and archaeologists have worked to resurrect the history of Seneca Village, a predominantly African-American community that existed before Central Park was created. Located on the west side between 83rd and 89th Streets, it was home to the largest number of African-American prop...
Categories:  History

At Home with the Year-Round Residents of Central Park

At Home with the Year-Round Residents of Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|31 January 2019
With winter underway, Central Park’s animals are embracing their cold weather routines — and it’s Sunny Corrao’s job to take notice. Sunny is the Public Engagement Associate for the NYC Parks Wildlife Unit, which teaches New Yorkers — from homeowners to policymakers ...
Categories:  Wildlife

 From the Mailbag: Visiting Central Park in the Winter

From the Mailbag: Visiting Central Park in the Winter

By Jessica Sain-Baird|03 January 2019
This time of year — with temperatures dropping and snow frequently in the forecast — we receive lots of questions about visiting Central Park. We’re here to help! Below are inquiries that Park lovers recently sent us via our Instagram Story. Are the playgrounds open this time o...
Categories:  Things to See and Do

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Restoring Central Park in 2018

By Jessica Sain-Baird|06 December 2018
All year long, the Conservancy's team of historians, designers, planners, and architects works to improve Central Park's beloved landscapes, playgrounds, sculptures, and more. Curious what restoration projects we completed in 2018? Read on to discover what we've enhanced this year. The Ramble ...

Billy Johnson Playground

Revamping Billy Johnson Playground

By Tricia Kang|12 November 2018
Billy Johnson Playground, one of Central Park’s most beloved play spaces, is now open! Located on the east side of the Park at 67th Street, the playground’s distinct rustic style and unique features make it a favorite destination for kids in Central Park. Billy Johnson Playground was ...