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Harlem Meer in summer, with buildings in the background

Plants and Trees

How Central Park Cools the (Urban Heat) Island of Manhattan

Central Park’s 18,000 trees and 843 acres of trails, lawns, and gardens offer some much-needed reprieve when the island of Manhattan turns into what’s called an “urban heat island.”

Algal blooms appear as a green film on the Lake

Restoration and Maintenance

A Growing Challenge: Harmful Algal Blooms in Central Park

Harmful algal blooms commonly occur throughout New York City’s water bodies each summer. Over the years, the Central Park Conservancy has been diligently monitoring their growth and location in order to best inform the public and protect our visitors and wildlife.

Anthony McGill performing with the New York Philharmonic in Central Park

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5 Questions with Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic

Anthony McGill, a world-renowned classical musician, became the New York Philharmonic’s first African-American Principal player in 2014. He’s performed in Central Park multiple times as part of the Philharmonic’s outdoor concert series.

Stories from Before the Creation of Central Park

Park History

Stories from Before the Creation of Central Park

This seemingly random slice of Manhattan — what we now know as Central Park — is unique in both its terrain and history. Here are a few of its stories.

5 Questions with Journalist Anthony Mason

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5 Questions with Journalist Anthony Mason

CBS This Morning co-host and Central Park regular Anthony Mason has been visiting the Park since before he could walk. Today he averages four miles a day, mostly spent meandering the hidden paths and trails.

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.