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

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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.

The site of Seneca Village

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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.

Remembering One of Central Park’s Earliest Advocates

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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.

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.

Social distancing in Central Park

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‘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

We highlight 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

Watch our interview with a descendant of Seneca Village resident Andrew Williams, and learn more about this community of predominantly African-Americans, many of whom owned property.

NYC Marathon

Park History

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.