Central Park ’ s Named Gates

Central Park has a handful of named gates spread around the Park’s six-mile perimeter. Most of these gates are named to honor the people and professions—merchants, artisans, inventors—that made up the City in the 1860s. But why?

In the mid-19th century, park gates were typically named after famous people or military victories. But the Central Park commissioners decided to do something more inclusive: naming the gates after everyday New Yorkers and their many different professions and identities. By adopting these gate names, the commissioners hoped to emphasize the open nature of Central Park.

Gates Map

Map of Central Park from 1869

Portals in Time: The Story of Central Park’s Named Gates

Read more about the history of Central Park's gates on our magazine.

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