Posts published in January 2016

Cherry Hill

Calvert Vaux’s original designs called for an Italianate exhibition hall and a round, classical temple for Cherry Hill. Instead Cherry Hill, designed by Jacob Wrey Mould, was created in 1860...

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Bow Bridge

After having been closed this past spring 2015, the Bow Bridge re-opened in the fall. Crafted of cast iron, it was designed with Classical Greek refinement during the mid 19th century by...

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Bethesda Fountain

Bethesda Fountain is believed to be the most photographed monument in Central Park. The bronze sculpture is called the Angel Of The Waters and symbolizes the purification of the NYC...

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Ice Skating In Central Park

Before there was a Wollman or Lasker Rink, people have been ice skating in Central Park since the 1860’s. Owning ice skates prior to that time was very expensive and...

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Glen Span Arch

The walk from the Harlem Meer to the Pool was designed to be one of the great landscape sequences in Central Park. With the construction of Lasker swimming pool and...

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Billy Johnson Playground

There are 21 playgrounds in Central Park. In 2012, the Central Park Conservancy completed its Plan for Play, a comprehensive document that includes the history of play in Central Park...

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The “Gates”

When entering Central Park, one is entering through a “gate.” Though these “gates” do not open and close like traditional gates, the simplicity of engraving each gate’s name on the...

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Waldo Hutchins Bench

From 1857 to 1869 Hutchins was a Commissioner for Central Park. There are over 9,000 benches in Central Park, and this one is just off the Inventors Gate entrance at...

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Wagner Cove

Wagner Cove was named after former New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, who served in the 1950s and was known for disrupting the Tammany Hall structure, leading to a...

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The Restoration of The Dene

The Dene (a term meaning valley) is a long stretch of area on the east side of the park whose landscape exemplifies both the design features and the intended effect...

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Pilgrim Hill

Pilgrim Hill received its name from this statue, by John Quincy Adams Ward, which was donated in 1885 by the New England Society. In the original plans for the Park,...

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Alexander Hamilton’s Birthday

Happy Birthday to Alexander Hamilton, born January 11, 1755 He was a Founding Father of the United States, chief staff aide to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters...

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