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Cal Jones at his desk with framed credentials on two walls

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5 Questions with Cal Jones, Manhattan Borough Historian Emeritus

Celedonia (Cal) Jones, born and raised in central Harlem, talks about his childhood in NYC and how he became involved in telling Seneca Village’s many stories.

How Public Health Influenced the Creation, Purpose, and Design of Central Park

Park History

How Public Health Influenced the Creation, Purpose, and Design of Central Park

The coronavirus crisis has spurred newfound appreciation for New York City’s parks and the myriad ways they can benefit our health, both mental and physical.

Portrait of Stefan Al

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5 Questions with Stefan Al, Architect, Urban Designer, and Educator

A longtime tree enthusiast, Stefan Al, PhD, is a Dutch architect and urban designer, and currently a visiting professor at Pratt Institute and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University. With summer officially here, we spoke with Stefan about how Central Park’s biodiversity will keep us healthy this season.

The site of Seneca Village

Park History

How to Engage with the History of Seneca Village

There’s been a renewed interest in Seneca Village — a community of predominantly African-Americans, many of whom owned property, that existed before the creation of Central Park. This community is now better understood through the work of historians, archaeologists, and many others.

Mary Wittenberg after finishing the NYC half with Road Runner colleagues

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5 Questions with Mary Wittenberg, 10-Year Race Director of the TCS NYC Marathon

Mary Wittenberg, former President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Road Runners, shares her favorite running routes in the Park, NYC Marathon memories, and more.

Remembering One of Central Park’s Earliest Advocates

Park History

Remembering One of Central Park’s Earliest Advocates

Central Park and the Central Park Conservancy lost one of its most ardent supporters: Richard “Dick” Gilder, Jr.

Phil Rosenthal with his wife on a Central Park bench

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5 Questions with Phil Rosenthal, TV Writer and Producer

Phil Rosenthal shares his fondest memories of the Park, his idea of a perfect picnic there, and what he’ll do when the coronavirus pandemic is all over.

Sepia photo of a group enjoying the park's earliest days

Park History

Staying Connected to Central Park through History

Even from afar, Central Park can be a source of inspiration and comfort. Discover recommendations from our historian — from books to documentaries — on deepening your insight into the Park.

Q&A with Sara Cedar Miller, Central Park Conservancy Historian Emerita  

Park History

Q&A with Sara Cedar Miller, Central Park Conservancy Historian Emerita  

Thirty-six years after her start with the Conservancy, Sara Cedar Miller reflects on the changes she’s seen in the Park, how the green space has transformed New York City, and what the Park means to her during these unusual times.

A masked woman photographing cherry blossoms

Things to See and Do

See Central Park in the Age of Social Distancing

New York City is on pause — but Central Park remains open. This is a spring like no other, which photographer Elliot Stern captures in these Park photos from recent weeks.