August 2009 - Central Park

Storm Cleanup Goes On In Central Park

The massive cleanup is continuing this week in Central Park, where the severe storm of Aug. 18 battered landscapes and brought down more than 250 trees. The storm lasted less than 30 minutes, but left areas of the Park’s north end devastated. It also left months of cleanup estimated to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Tree Damage on the East Side Drive

“It was an incredibly localized storm,” said Neil Calvanese, vice president for operations for the Central Park Conservancy, surveying the battered landscapes near the North Woods. “It’s unbelievable. You walk in the south end of the Park, below 90th Street on the East and 85th on the West, and there’s nothing – not a leaf blown off the trees.”

Among the hardest hit areas were the Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade and Great Hill, particularly its southern slope near the Pool. Since the storm hit, about 50 Conservancy staff members have been working tirelessly with 28 contractors to assess the damage, clear the debris, and secure affected limbs. Volunteers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have also been on hand, canvassing the Park to help appraise trees and determine their fate. Crews are on schedule to finish cleanup – the first of three recovery phases – and reopen areas to the public by Friday. The chipping and removal of trees will follow, with the final, and longest, phase being replanting and restoration.

While the damage is staggering, the Conservancy knows the Park is a living, breathing . . . → Read More: Storm Cleanup Goes On In Central Park

"The Bacchae" at the Delacorte in Central Park

JoAnne Akalaitis’ production of Euripides’ “The Bacchae” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park is an interestingly realized production. . . . → Read More: "The Bacchae" at the Delacorte in Central Park

Summer Thunderstorm Wreaks Havoc in Central Park

Over three hundred trees, some over a century old, lay snapped in half and uprooted throughout Central Park today after a severe thunderstorm with winds as high as 80 mph crashed through New York City last night. . . . → Read More: Summer Thunderstorm Wreaks Havoc in Central Park

Central Park Film Festival Starts Today

Central Park presents an outdoor cinema series every summer. Most of these films usually feature a New York theme and they are a great way to enjoy a summer evening in the park. This year’s schedule is based on different interpretations of what’s cool. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

Desperately Seeking Susan

All screenings are FREE and start at 8:00 pm. Gates open at 6:00 pm. To find Rumsey Playfield, enter the Park at Fifth Avenue and 69th Street. Rain or shine.


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