Transforming Central Park at the Leica Gallery

  • Cedar Hill, restored by the Conservancy in 1994, is a favorite spot for picnicking, reading, sunbathing and, in the winter, sledding.
  • Before its restoration, heavy use of Cedar Hill took a toll on the popular landscape.
  • One of the Park's most charming and peaceful spots, the Pool's restoration was completed in 2003.
  • The Pool, pictured here before its restoration, was constructed by Olmsted and Vaux by damming up a natural stream known as Montayne's Rivulet.
  • The six-acre Conservatory Garden, created in 1937, was restored by the Conservancy in 1983.
  • In the 1970s, before its restoration, the Conservatory Garden was severely neglected.
  • Untermyer Fountain, donated to the Park in 1947, was restored with the rest of the Conservatory Garden in 1983.
  • Untermyer Fountain before its restoration by the Conservancy.
  • The East Meadow was reopened to the public in September 2011, after its recent restoration.
  • The East Meadow, pictured here before its restoration, was the last major lawn to be restored by the Conservancy.
  • The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center was built by the Conservancy in 1993 on the site of a neglected boathouse.
  • A boathouse, built in the 1940s, stood neglected in the 1970s on the future ground of the Dana Discovery Center.
  • The Great Lawn's costly two-year restoration was completed in 1995.
  • Large concerts and unregulated use in the 1960s and 70s left the Great Lawn in poor condition before its restoration.
  • "Seeing Central Park," featuring photos by Sara Cedar Miller, runs at the Leica Gallery until August 4, 2012.

This summer, the Leica Gallery in New York is hosting an exhibition of photographs by Sara Cedar Miller, the Conservancy's official photographer since 1984. The photographs represent the Conservancy's achievements in its 32 years of restoring and maintaining the Park. The exhibition features before and after photographs of some of the Conservancy's most notable restorations. A selection of these photos appears above.

The exhibition is open and free to the public until August 4, 2012.

Things to See

  • Shakespeare Garden

    Shakespeare Garden is a four-acre landscape is named for the famed English poet and playwright. The garden is features flowers and plants mentioned in his poems and plays, with small bronze plaques scattered throughout the garden with quotes from the Bard.