August 2010 - Central Park

Central Park Film Festival 2010

Central Park Film Festival 2010

The 2010 Central Park Movie Festival concludes tonight with Manhattan, which was chosen by the Viewer’s Choice Poll conducted each year. It was a great lineup, except that Serendipity, with its beautiful shots of Wollman Rink in winter, should not have had to face off with the Woody Allen classic as viewer’s choice. Not while The Taking Of Pelham 123, the turgid potboiler of a remake, is the disappointing Tuesday night offering.

Anyway – The eighth annual festival will be held for the first time in the landscape north of Sheep Meadow, behind Mineral Springs (mid-Park at 69th Street). Enter the Park at 72nd Street.

All screenings begin at 8:00 pm, rain or shine. Gates open to the public at 6:30 pm. Bring a picnic!

Tuesday, August 24: Fame Wednesday, August 25: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Thursday, August 26: Saturday Night Fever Friday, August 27: King Kong Saturday, August 28: Manhattan

New York Sues For Return Of Rare Central Park Drawings

Central Park Papers

Historians have long wondered whether Central Park was originally conceived the way it looks today. Were the ornate colorful tiles underneath the Bethesda Terrace a vision of the original designers? What about the elegant black lamps that dot the park?

Now historians might finally have some clues about the park’s design.

Illustrations for features of Central Park and other public places in New York have resurfaced, and the city has gone to court to get them back. Real estate broker Sam Buckley said his father found the drawings, by Jacob Wrey Mould, in a Manhattan trash bin sometime before 1960, according to court documents.

Though Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted designed Central Park, Mould assisted with several noteworthy landmarks of the public space, such as Bethesda Terrace and Belvedere Castle.

The 127 drawings, which date from 1860 to 1885, are stamped “Department of Public Parks.” The city claims it never authorized the destruction or abandonment of the drawings and believes they were “lost or erroneously discarded.”

The city learned about the drawings after Buckley placed 86 of them for sale with Christie’s auction house. He kept the remaining 41. The city asked the court to award $1 million in damages or compel Buckley to hand over the illustrations.

Christie’s and Buckley have agreed not to sell the works while the settlement talks play out. The auction house declined to comment, and Buckley could not be reached.

The 86 drawings being held at Christie’s include illustrations . . . → Read More: New York Sues For Return Of Rare Central Park Drawings

Central Park Bagel Bark

Central Park Paws

Join in during off-leash hours for coffee, pastries and bagels (of course) all courtesy of Central Park Conservancy’s Central Park PAWS. Come meet this vibrant neighborhood dog community. The Bagel Bark travels each month to a different dog friendly area of Central Park. This week they’re at the Statue of Balto Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010 Time: 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Capeman in Central Park


The Public Theater reports that they got everyone in from the standby line last night – so, if you want to see Paul Simon’s musical live at the Delacorte stop by!