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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

#MyCentralPark

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

The history of Central Park is integral to the mission of the Central Park Conservancy. As stewards of the Park, we uphold its original, timeless purpose as a respite from urban life, while enhancing the Park for today’s visitors.

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.

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.

A lush path through Shakespeare Garden

Things to See and Do

How to Explore Central Park from Home

During these uncertain times for New Yorkers, Central Park can still provide comfort and solace from a distance. If you’re looking to explore the Park from afar, here are a few ways to bring the outdoors to you.

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

Park History

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.

Alice in Wonderland statue in the snow

Park Information

Central Park’s Most Instagrammable Wintertime Spots

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or an amateur wielding a phone, here are some of our favorite shutter-worthy spots this season.