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Social distancing in Central Park

Park History

‘A Sense of Enlarged Freedom’: Central Park as Sanctuary

For many New Yorkers right now, Central Park and the City’s other open spaces are more valuable and meaningful than ever.

Mary Harriman Rumsey with Eleanor Roosevelt and Rep. Isabella Greenway of Arizona, 1934

Park History

5 Historic Women Memorialized in Central Park

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting a few trailblazing, but little known, women who inspired or funded a variety of features in Central Park — whether they be playgrounds, landscapes, or recreational facilities.

Central Park in Black and White: Classic Films for a Cozy Night

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Central Park in Black and White: Classic Films for a Cozy Night

Central Park has been used as a setting throughout the history of cinema. Here are a few mid-20th-century films, all shot in black and white, to watch on a cozy night in — each of which features Central Park.

Signage at Seneca Village Community

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The Rediscovery and Research of Seneca Village

During the first half of the 19th century, before the area became Central Park, what's now the Park's perimeter from West 83rd to West 89th Street was home to Seneca Village, a community of predominantly African-Americans, many of whom owned property.

NYC Marathon

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Central Park and the New York City Marathon Through the Years

Now in its 49th year, the TCS New York City Marathon has always had a deep connection to Central Park.

Plan for a floating music pavillion, 1861

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Hidden Histories: 6 Little-Known Designs for Central Park

The history of the Park is well-recorded. But research into the original drawings and plans created to build the Park — by the likes of architects Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould — offer hidden secrets from both the built and unbuilt aspects of the Park.

Early rendering of Belvedere Castle

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A ‘Beautiful View’: The History of the Belvedere

When the Belvedere opened 150 years ago, it provided visitors with some of the most sweeping views of Central Park and the city beyond.

A Look at LGBTQ History in Central Park

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A Look at LGBTQ History in Central Park

Central Park has a long and storied history with the LGBTQ community.

The Arsenal

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A Place to Reflect: Honoring Veterans in Central Park

Central Park is an escape from the bustling city — and a place to rest, relax, and, sometimes, reflect. In honor of Memorial Day and the many veterans who have served our country, we take a special look at the Park’s monuments that commemorate their service.

Original Greensward Plan

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The Competition: 33 Plans for Central Park in 1858

The Park that we know and love today was designed during a competition run by the Commissioners of Central Park from 1857 to 1858. The first-place winner, the Greensward plan, was inspired in part by the open fields of the English.