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From Bow Bridge to the Mall: Central Park in the Movies

By Central Park Conservancy|03 August 2017
With so many iconic and beautiful settings, Central Park serves as one of the most-filmed locations in the world. It's gorgeous, recognizable, and – of course – synonymous with New York City. In celebration of this month's Film Festival, we take a look at five of the Park's most popular ...

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Happy 164th Birthday Central Park: Reflecting on Years of Memories

By Central Park Conservancy|20 July 2017
On July 21, 1853, the New York State Legislature enacted a law that set aside more than 750 acres of land in Manhattan to create the country’s first major landscaped public park. New York City hasn’t been the same since. Central Park serves as a fun spot to meet friends, a must-see vacat...


From the Next Generation of Park Stewards...

By Institute for Urban Parks|13 July 2017
Each year, hundreds of young people apply to volunteer their time or work in Central Park through our youth education programs. Students learn to value and care for urban parks and their importance to cities through hands-on stewardship of Central Park and by working alongside urban park professiona...

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Discover the Perfect Central Park Playground for Your Family

By Central Park Conservancy|06 July 2017
With 21 playgrounds that are unique in design and character, Central Park offers play options for children of all ages and interests. It’s easy to find a playground based on location or age (see a map here) — but are you looking for the perfect playground for your children’s person...

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The Story Behind Central Park’s Rustic Architecture

By Central Park Conservancy|15 June 2017
In a city filled with concrete, glass, and steel, it’s a welcome surprise to discover handcrafted rustic benches, bridges, and pergolas in Central Park. Rustic architecture has been an instrumental part of the Park’s design since its creation in 1858, and that tradition continues today. ...

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160 Years of Central Park: A Brief History

By Central Park Conservancy|01 June 2017
Central Park serves as a peaceful haven for New Yorkers — an escape from the City grind and a place to encounter nature up-close. Yet the captivating story of how the Park became a world-class destination includes the renovation of swampy land, several periods of decline, and the phenomenal wo...

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How We Keep Central Park Clean

By Central Park Conservancy|05 May 2017
At one time, Central Park was full of litter and graffiti. Steel drums served as trash receptacles. Garbage and recycling trucks crossed onto lawns and pedestrian paths to reach the overflowing bins. The Park is an incredibly different place now. Our 42 million annual visitors cherish the Park as a...

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How Central Park Keeps New York City Healthy

By Central Park Conservancy|25 April 2017
“Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” —Hans Christian Andersen We know parks make us healthier and happier, but how does Central Park contribute to the wellbeing of New York City’s people, plants, and wildlife? Trees Provide C...
Categories:  Trees, Education, Volunteers

5 Tips for Your Next Visit to Central Park, from the Man who Knows it Best (Doug Blonsky, Central Park Conservancy CEO)

5 Tips for Your Next Visit to Central Park, from the Man who Knows it Best

By Central Park Conservancy|05 April 2017
Douglas Blonsky has been a Central Park regular for more than 30 years. In addition to being an Upper East Side resident who walks in the Park every morning (and often many more times throughout the day), he is also the Conservancy’s President and CEO and the Central Park Administrator. That m...

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Calvert Vaux and the Vision of Bethesda Terrace

By Central Park Conservancy|08 March 2017
This week, we honor Central Park’s lesser-known (but no less visionary!) co-designer, Calvert Vaux. Vaux (rhymes with “Fox”) was the British architect who worked with Frederick Law Olmsted to create the design for Central Park. Although his name lacks the popular recognition of Olm...

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Plant ID with the Dichotomous Key

By Institute for Urban Parks|13 February 2017
Successful park management hinges on knowing what plants are in your landscape and what kind of care each plant needs to thrive. Accurate identification of a plant allows park managers to know whether they’re dealing with a native or invasive species, which can sometimes look very similar. Or ...

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Love in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|08 February 2017
Roses are red, violets are blue, Central Park is for lovers… and the romance is far from new! Since the Park first opened, the spirit of love has been coursing through its 843 acres. Countless romantic gestures take place here every day, from proposals to first dates to bench dedications. So,...
Categories:  History, Flowers