Since the Central Park Conservancy’s founding in 1980, our staff has taken photographs of the Park, documenting its landscapes, events, restoration work, and more. While today our photographers use digital cameras, early photographs were taken on black and white film—which we now scan to preserve the Park’s picturesque past for generations to come. The following snowy scenes from the 1980s and 1990s are some of our most recently digitized images.
Though a blanket of fresh snow gives the Park an almost timeless quality, these black and white images from our archive remind us of the improvements made through the Conservancy’s work. Belvedere Castle, for instance, is shown here shortly before our first restoration of the iconic structure in 1983—and before we recreated the wood pavilion and tower from its original design, in 2019. We’ve also restored the Mall and rebuilt the rustic bridge in the Ramble, as well as the Bow Bridge and Western Shore Boat Landings.
Of course, there are constants, such as the Park itself and the people enjoying it. No matter the year, the Park is stunning in the snow, giving visitors the opportunity to stroll through a winter wonderland… and even break out their skis.
Juneteenth is a day that marks the end of slavery, celebrates Black culture and accomplishments, and acknowledges the systemic injustices people of color continue to face. It is also a time to reflect on Seneca Village, its residents, and its legacy.
Tags: Families / History / Park Experts / First-Time Visitors
The current movement for racial justice—which includes elevating Black history and culture and bringing new stories to light—has sparked a renewed interest in Seneca Village, a community of predominantly African-Americans that existed before the creation of Central Park.
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About the Conservancy
Urban greenspaces like Central Park connect city dwellers to the intricate and dynamic ecological systems we need for reflection and recreation, and other species count on for survival.
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An introduction to Seneca Village, the largest community of free African-American property owners in pre-Civil War New York.
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