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Category: History


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... Read more  


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 b... Read more  


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 o... Read more  


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 o... Read more  


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,... Read more  


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 C... Read more  


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 10... Read more  


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 p... Read more  


Discovering Paul Manship in Central Park

By Marie Warsh|01 November 2018
Welcoming visitors to the Tisch Children’s Zoo is the Lehman Gates, a fanciful entrance that f... Read more  


A History of Monuments in Central Park

By Marie Warsh|26 July 2018
Central Park’s First Monuments Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s original desi... Read more  


The Woman Suffrage Monument in Context

By Marie Warsh|26 July 2018
Last week, the Statue Fund, the sponsors of a monument to women’s suffrage, announced that art... Read more  


How Central Park Was Designed as a Park for the People

By Tricia Kang|19 July 2018
This month, we celebrate the 165th anniversary of the New York State Legislature setting aside the l... Read more  


The History of Central Park’s North End

By Jessica Sain-Baird|21 June 2018
Before it became Central Park, the Park’s north end served an important role in the early hist... Read more  


Our New CEO and the Conservancy’s Next Era

By Simone Silverbush|03 May 2018
Elizabeth (“Betsy”) W. Smith, the Central Park Conservancy’s new President and CEO... Read more  


How the Obelisk Made Its Home in Central Park

By Jessica Sain-Baird|01 February 2018
The Obelisk, also known as Cleopatra's Needle, arrived in Central Park more than 130 years ago. Stan... Read more  


The Story of Seneca Village

By Jessica Sain-Baird|18 January 2018
Before Central Park was created, the landscape along what is now the Park’s perimeter from Wes... Read more  


The Children’s District: Then and Now

By Jessica Sain-Baird|17 November 2017
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s an idyllic time to visit Central Park with friends a... Read more  


Meeting New York City’s Demand for Water

By Jessica Sain-Baird|05 October 2017
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the original Croton Aqueduct system, which provided New Yor... Read more  


How Geology Influenced Central Park’s Design

By Jessica Sain-Baird|07 September 2017
Have you ever noticed – or climbed – Central Park’s impressive rock formations? Al... Read more  


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

By Jessica Sain-Baird|20 July 2017
On July 21, 1853, the New York State Legislature enacted a law that set aside more than 750 acres of... Read more  


The Story Behind Central Park’s Rustic Architecture

By Jessica Sain-Baird|15 June 2017
In a city filled with concrete, glass, and steel, it’s a welcome surprise to discover handcraf... Read more  


160 Years of Central Park: A Brief History

By Tricia Kang|01 June 2017
Central Park serves as a peaceful haven for New Yorkers — an escape from the City grind and a ... Read more  


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 ... Read more  


Love in Central Park

By Tricia Kang|08 February 2017
Roses are red, violets are blue, Central Park is for lovers… and the romance is far from new!... Read more  


Sculpted Nature: Landscape Architecture in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|12 October 2016
A popular misconception of Central Park is that its 843 acres are the last remaining natural land in... Read more  


The People’s Gates to the People’s Park

By Central Park Conservancy|06 September 2016
Passing through the gates of Central Park is a seamless transition from noisy urban streets to a pea... Read more  


Central Park: A Research Guide

By Institute for Urban Parks|31 August 2016
Since 1980, the Central Park Conservancy has worked to restore and manage Central Park. This effort ... Read more  


ROOTS in the Hallett Nature Sanctuary

By Institute for Urban Parks|03 August 2016
Surrounded by the Pond at the southeast corner of Central Park is the four-acre Hallett Nature Sanct... Read more