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Central Park and the New York City Marathon Through the Years

Central Park and the New York City Marathon Through the Years

By Amelia Roth-Dishy|15 October 2019
The leaves are starting to turn, which means — among other things — that Marathon Sunday is almost upon us! Now in its 49th year, the TCS New York City Marathon has always had a deep connection to Central Park. Central Park has been a part of the New York City Marathon since its found...
Categories:  Families, Fall, Events

Pumpkin Flotilla at Night

The Hair-Raising History of the Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla

By Hannah Burke|03 October 2019
The Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla is a cherished annual tradition that the Conservancy has presented in Central Park for nearly 30 years. This magical event returns to the Harlem Meer in late October with crafts, storytelling, a costume parade, and more. But its most iconic component is the festive flo...

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New Pool and Rink to Expand Recreational Opportunities

By Joe Reid|18 September 2019
The Conservancy has unveiled its capstone project of its decades-long work in the north end of Central Park: restoring the beauty and charm of the area — as well as its ecosystem — while creating a new pool and rink at the Harlem Meer. This ambitious undertaking, which is expected to bre...

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Kid-Friendly Adventures in Central Park

By Hannah Burke|29 August 2019
It’s nearing the end of summer, and you know what that means — it’s back–to–school time for more than one million New York City kids. If you’re one of them, show this list of kid–friendly Park adventures to your favorite grown–up! Whether you spent ...

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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...