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Meet the Summer Interns of the Conservancy

By Amelia Roth-Dishy|15 August 2019
If you’ve been in Central Park recently, chances are you’ve interacted with some of the Conservancy’s many summer interns — 44 of us, to be exact, working across 18 different departments ranging from horticulture to human resources. All summer internships with the Conserv...
Categories:  Students

The Belvedere

Hidden Histories: 6 Little-Known Designs for Central Park

By Cynthia Brenwall|18 July 2019
Built as an urban oasis for a rapidly growing city, Central Park is filled with an eclectic mix of built landscapes, natural-looking water bodies, and some of the best Victorian architecture in New York City. The history of the Park is well-recorded. But research into the original drawings and plans...
Categories:  History

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Stories from Central Park

By Marissa Castrigno|04 July 2019
At any moment during the day, there are thousands of people in Central Park — on its lawns, at its waters, in its woodlands — running, lounging, smelling flowers, playing games, and more. We set out to capture some of their stories and create a picture of the Park on an average day, thro...
Categories:  Things to See and Do

The Belvedere

The Future Is Green: Geothermal Energy at Belvedere

By Marissa Castrigno|27 June 2019
As part of the recent restoration of the Belvedere, the Conservancy sought to solve the problem of heating and cooling the Castle in a sustainable way. Since it was first enclosed in 1919, water leakage has caused problems at the Castle. Poor drainage and waterproofing led to leaks and dama...

The Belvedere

A ‘Beautiful View’: The History of the Belvedere

By Kurt Adams|20 June 2019
When the Belvedere opened 150 years ago, it provided visitors with some of the most sweeping views of Central Park and the city beyond. Park co-designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux wanted to create a space where visitors could enjoy the Park landscape; in 1866, they designed a terrace th...

LGBTQ History in CP

A Look at LGBTQ History in Central Park

By Marissa Castrigno|24 May 2019
Central Park has a long and storied history with the LGBTQ community, starting with the commission of Bethesda Fountain, cast and dedicated in 1873 (and the only sculpture sanctioned as a part of the Park’s early design). The Park Commission directed that the sculpture be dedicated to “L...
Categories:  History

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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...

Greensward Plan

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