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Before Central Park

Author : Sara Cedar Miller
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Page : 567 pages
File Size : 48,5 Mb
Release : 2022-06-28
Category : History
ISBN : 9780231543903

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Winner - 2023 John Brinkerhoff Jackson Book Prize, UVA Center for Cultural Landscapes With more than eight hundred sprawling green acres in the middle of one of the world’s densest cities, Central Park is an urban masterpiece. Designed in the middle of the nineteenth century by the landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, it is a model for city parks worldwide. But before it became Central Park, the land was the site of farms, businesses, churches, wars, and burial grounds—and home to many different kinds of New Yorkers. This book is the authoritative account of the place that would become Central Park. From the first Dutch family to settle on the land through the political crusade to create America’s first major urban park, Sara Cedar Miller chronicles two and a half centuries of history. She tells the stories of Indigenous hunters, enslaved people and enslavers, American patriots and British loyalists, the Black landowners of Seneca Village, Irish pig farmers, tavern owners, Catholic sisters, Jewish protesters, and more. Miller unveils a British fortification and camp during the Revolutionary War, a suburban retreat from the yellow fever epidemics at the turn of the nineteenth century, and the properties that a group of free Black Americans used to secure their right to vote. Tales of political chicanery, real estate speculation, cons, and scams stand alongside democratic idealism, the striving of immigrants, and powerfully human lives. Before Central Park shows how much of the history of early America is still etched upon the landscapes of Central Park today.

Seeing Central Park

Author : Sara Cedar Miller
Publisher : ABRAMS
Page : 414 pages
File Size : 54,5 Mb
Release : 2020-04-07
Category : Photography
ISBN : 9781683358794

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An authoritative visual survey of New York City’s Central Park, with new photography and updated text. For more than 160 years, Central Park has been the centerpiece of New York City, with more than forty-two million visits each year. In Seeing Central Park, Sara Cedar Miller takes readers through America’s most popular and celebrated park, where natural and manmade features are interwoven into a spectacular work of art. Combining superb research and writing with breathtaking photographs, Seeing Central Park is not only a guide through every significant design feature but also a gorgeous gift book. Since the book was first published in 2009, the Conservancy has completed a number of renovations and opened new areas of the park, including the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, Rhododendron Mile, and Dene Slope. This updated edition features these landmarks alongside revised entries and new photography throughout. With its pastoral and picturesque landscapes, roads and paths, bridges, buildings, structures, and sculpture, Central Park is a living museum of superb Victorian decorative arts and landscape design. From the Pond to Harlem Meer, it’s all covered in Seeing Central Park.

The Park and the People

Author : Roy Rosenzweig,Elizabeth Blackmar
Publisher : Cornell University Press
Page : 642 pages
File Size : 47,6 Mb
Release : 1992
Category : History
ISBN : 0801497515

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Delineate the politicians, business people, artists, immigrant laborers, and city dwellers who are the key players in the tale. In tracing the park's history, the writers also give us the history of New York. They explain how squabbles over politics, taxes, and real estate development shaped the park and describe the acrimonious debates over what a public park should look like, what facilities it should offer, and how it should accommodate the often incompatible.

The Central Park

Author : Cynthia S. Brenwall,Martin Filler
Publisher : Abrams
Page : 958 pages
File Size : 41,8 Mb
Release : 2019-04-16
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781683353188

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The Central Park by Cynthia S. Brenwall,Martin Filler Pdf

A pictorial history of the development of New York City’s Central Park from conception to completion. Drawing on the unparalleled collection of original designs for Central Park in the New York City Municipal Archives, Cynthia S. Brenwall tells the story of the creation of New York’s great public park, from its conception to its completion. This treasure trove of material ranges from the original winning competition entry; to meticulously detailed maps; to plans and elevations of buildings, some built, some unbuilt; to elegant designs for all kinds of fixtures needed in a world of gaslight and horses; to intricate engineering drawings of infrastructure elements. Much of it has never been published before. A virtual time machine that takes the reader on a journey through the park as it was originally envisioned, The Central Park is both a magnificent art book and a message from the past about what brilliant urban planning can do for a great city.

Central Park

Author : Edward J. Levine
Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
Page : 96 pages
File Size : 43,7 Mb
Release : 2008-02-18
Category : History
ISBN : 9781439619919

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Since it opened in 1858, Central Park has been one of New York's most-photographed landmarks. However, while some of the park remains as it was then, much of the park's landscape has changed over the years. Through historic images and contemporary photographs by Denise Stavis Levine, Central Park provides a previously unseen glimpse of the park's hidden history and brings it up to date.

Central Park Then and Now

Author : Marcia Reiss
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 47,6 Mb
Release : 2010
Category : Central Park (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN : 160710007X

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"Explore central park, the heart of New York city and the very first landscape public park in the United States. Central Park Then and Now presents compelling historic and contemporary images of this famous park from throughout its 150 year history and across its 843-acre sylvan landscape filled with a unique urban vitality."--Book jacket.

In Memory of Central Park

Author : Queenelle Minet
Publisher : BookPros, LLC
Page : 266 pages
File Size : 50,9 Mb
Release : 2008-09
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781934454251

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By 2050, New York City has been encased in a massive terrorist proof shell, and no one can travel in or out. Protected as well from the rising sea, New Yorkers finally feel safe. Few seem to care that the Statue of Liberty has eroded to an unrecognizable stump or that Central Park is just a memory. Within this dark world, Noah, a psychotherapist who has plenty of problems of his own, discovers love in the entirely wrong place, with his brother's wife, Margaret. When people in New York start dying for mysterious reasons, and the Liberty Party silences anyone who speaks out about it, Noah must find a way not only to save his relationship with Margaret, but to save their lives as well.Political satire and aching love story wrapped into one, this powerful, elegantly written novel is a poignant cry to wake up and save ourselves-from individual loneliness and collective environmental catastrophe-before it's too late.

I Am the Central Park Jogger

Author : Trisha Meili
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 272 pages
File Size : 50,7 Mb
Release : 2003-04-18
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780743256070

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A timeless, “triumphant” (Entertainment Weekly) story of healing and recovery from the victim of a crime that shocked the nation: the Central Park Jogger. Shortly after 9:00 p.m. on April 19, 1989, a young woman jogs alone near 102nd Street in New York City's Central Park. She is attacked, raped, savagely beaten, and left for dead. Hours later she arrives at the emergency room—comatose—she has lost so much blood that her doctors believe it’s a miracle she's still alive. Meet Trisha Meili, the Central Park Jogger. I Am the Central Park Jogger recounts the mesmerizing, inspiring, often wrenching story of human strength and transcendent recovery. Called “Hero of the Month” by Glamour magazine, Meili tells us who she was before the attack—a young Wall Street professional with a promising future—and who she has become: a woman who learned how to read, write, walk, talk, and love again...and turn horrifying violence and certain death into extraordinary healing and victorious life. With “moments of unexpected grace and insights into life’s challenges….Meili’s story—the story the public never knew—is unforgettable” (The Buffalo News).

Creating Central Park

Author : Morrison H. Heckscher
Publisher : Metropolitan Museum of Art
Page : 77 pages
File Size : 50,9 Mb
Release : 2008
Category : Central Park (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN : 9780300136692

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The year 2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the design of Central Park, the first and arguably the most famous of America’s urban landscape parks. In October 1857 the new park’s board of commissioners announced a public design competition, and the following April the imaginative yet practicable "Greensward” plan submitted by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted was selected. This book tells the fascinating story of how an extraordinary work of public art emerged from the crucible of New York City politics. From William Cullen Bryant’s 1844 editorial calling for "a pleasure ground of shade and recreation” to the completion of construction in 1870, the history of Central Park is an urban epic--a tale not only of animosity, political intrigue, and desire but also of idealism, sacrifice, and genius.

Cyclops of Central Park

Author : Madelyn Rosenberg
Publisher : Penguin
Page : 21 pages
File Size : 54,6 Mb
Release : 2020-02-11
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9780525514718

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Featuring a most unusual protagonist, Cyclops of Central Park dares readers to be brave and explore the world because, really, you never know what you might find... Late at night, just before he closed his eye and went to sleep in his Central Park cave, Cyclops counted his sheep. When the sun rose, he counted them again, and that's when he noticed--". . . sixteen, seventeen . . ."--one of them was missing. He knew who it was, of course. "Eugene?" It was always Eugene. Cyclops knows the world is a scary place: the grass is too sharp, the carousels are too twirly, and not all restaurants serve spaghetti. If the world isn't safe for a cyclops, it certainly isn't a safe place for a missing sheep! And so he sets off to face the many "dangers" lurking in New York City to bring Eugene home. To do so, he will have to face his fears and call for some reinforcements--his other fluffy sheep friends back at the cave. Together, they just might find Eugene and have a fun time in the city. Which goes to show, there is no place like home, but sometimes new experiences make our world a bigger and brighter place.

Saving Central Park

Author : Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Publisher : Knopf
Page : 337 pages
File Size : 41,6 Mb
Release : 2018-05-15
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781524733551

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The story of how one woman's long love affair with New York's Central Park led her to organize its rescue from a state of serious decline, returning it to the beautiful place of recreational opportunity and spiritual sustenance that it is today. Elizabeth Barlow Rogers opens with a quick survey of her early life--a middle-class upbringing in Texas; college at Wellesley, marriage, a master's degree in city planning at Yale. And then her move to New York, where she starts a family and, when she finds being a mother and a housewife is not enough, pours herself into the protection and enhancement of the city's green spaces. Interwoven into her own story is a comprehensive history of Central Park: its design and construction as a scenic masterpiece; the alterations of each succeeding era; the addition of numerous facilities for sports and play; and finally, the "anything goes" phase of the 1960s and 70s, which was often fun but nearly destroyed the park. The two narratives continue to entwine as she finds a job in the administration of Central Park, founds the Central Park Conservancy, and transforms both the park and herself--a transformation that has led to the writing of her many books, to travels that have taken her to parks and gardens around the world, and to solidifying the prestige of one of New York's most conspicuous landmarks.

A Green Place to be

Author : Ashley Benham Yazdani
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 40 pages
File Size : 47,8 Mb
Release : 2019
Category : Central Park (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN : 1094255181

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New York City needed a park -- a special spot to gather, play, and enjoy nature. A quiet, wild place made just for you. In 1858, New York City was growing so fast that new roads and tall buildings threatened to swallow up the remaining open space. The people needed a green place to be -- a park with ponds to row on and paths for wandering through trees and over bridges. When a citywide contest solicited plans for creating a park out of barren swampland, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted put their heads together to create the winning design, and the hard work of making their plans a reality began. By winter, the lake opened for skating. By the next summer, the waterside woodland known as the Ramble opened for all to enjoy. Meanwhile, sculptors, stone masons, and master gardeners joined in to construct thirty-four unique bridges, along with fountains, pagodas, and band shells, making New York's Central Park a green gift to everyone. Included in the end matter are bios of Vaux and Olmsted, a bibliography, and engaging factual snippets.

Central Park

Author : Andrew Blauner
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Page : 235 pages
File Size : 51,8 Mb
Release : 2012-04-24
Category : Literary Collections
ISBN : 9781608197422

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Central Park is perhaps the most well-trod and familiar green space in the county. It is both a refuge from the city and Manhattan's very heart; a respite from the urban grind and a hive of activity all its own. 843 carefully planned acres allow some 37 million visitors each year to come and get lost in a sense of nature. Unsurprisingly, the park also inspires a wealth of great writing, and here Andrew Blauner collects some of the finest fiction and nonfiction-- 20 pieces in all, with classics sprinkled among 13 new ones commissioned from great New York writers. Bill Buford spends a wild night in the park; Jonathan Safran Foer envisions it as a tiny, transplanted piece of a mythical Sixth Borough; and Marie Winn answers definitively Holden Caulfield's question of where the ducks go when the park's ponds freeze over. There are bird sightings and fish sightings; Jackie Kennedy and James Brown sightings; and pieces by Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster, and Francine Prose. This vibrant collection presents Central Park, in all its many-faceted glory, a 51-block swath of special magic.

The Lost Village of Central Park

Author : Hope Lourie Killcoyne
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 104 pages
File Size : 47,5 Mb
Release : 1999
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 1893110028

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In Seneca Village, a thriving neighborhood of African Americans and recent immigrants in the middle of New York City in the 1850s, friends Kayla and Sooncy face separation when the city announces that by eminent domain it plans to take their land to build Central Park.

The Central Park Zoo

Author : Joan Scheier
Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 40,6 Mb
Release : 2002-08-21
Category : Science
ISBN : 9781439611715

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Countless New Yorkers, as well as visitors from all parts of the world, have experienced an oasis just a few feet off Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan. Since the 1860s, Central Park has been the home of three different zoos: the menagerie, the zoo of 1934, and what is today known as the Central Park Zoo. The Central Park Zoo begins with the menagerie of the 1860s, an impromptu public zoo begun when citizens and circuses started donating animals to the city. It continues in 1934, when Robert Moses-perhaps the most influential man in the city's planning history-built a newer zoo, remembered to this day for its lions, tigers, elephants, and gorillas. It ends with the brand new zoo and exhibits built in 1988 under the supervision of the Wildlife Conservation Society. With stunning, rarely seen images, The Central Park Zoo not only is a treat for the eyes but also comes alive with the barking of sea lions, the soft fur of snow monkeys, the sweet smell of peanut butter, and the taste of "ice cakes"-treats for the zoo residents, of course.