Harlem Meer Archives - Central Park

Landforms: A History of Central Park’s Fort Landscape Exhibit

Now Open: Spring 2016 – Fall 2017
Daily, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
(Inside Central Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues).

Learn how natural features in Central Park’s north end played an important role in shaping our city’s – and our nation’s – history.

This exhibit reveals fascinating finds of archaeological and historical investigations conducted as part of the Central Park Conservancy’s recent restoration of the Fort Landscape.

Exhibit Highlights:

Geological Foundations

Geological Foundations

The topography of the present-day Fort Landscape was formed by a glacier that scraped Manhattan schist bedrock out of the earth millions of years ago. Try your hand at moving a glacier across Manhattan!


Military History

Military History

The Fort Landscape’s high ground and expansive views made it an important strategic outlook while its rocky, swampy terrain made it difficult to infiltrate. The area was fortified by the British during the Revolutionary War and re-used by the Americans during the War of 1812. Pose with an artistic rendering of the kind of Gatehouse used to control access to the area in wartime!


Establishing the Park and Restoring its Beauty

Fort Clinton Restoration

Central Park’s designers recognized the scenic value of the area’s geography, as well as the cultural importance of the historical events that took place there, and sought to integrate and preserve both. Carrying on their tradition, the Central Park Conservancy has worked to re-create historic features in the Fort Landscape for all to appreciate. Learn how we do it!

 

 

 

 

 


For more information, contact the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center at 212.860.1370

Creative Time in Central Park – Drifting in Daylight

On Friday, May 15th, Creative Time  will unveil Drifting in Daylight, a dreamy springtime pathway of art winding through the world’s most iconic park.

Drifting in Daylight includes performative, participatory, and perceptual work by artists Spencer Finch, Alicia Framis, Nina Katchadourian, Ragnar Kjartansson, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, David Levine, Karyn Olivier, and Lauri Stallings + glo.

This free public exhibition aims to draw visitors into the park’s beautiful north end, much of which has been expertly restored by the Conservancy. The six-weekend show will tempt visitors to transcend their busy lives, losing themselves along a playful trail of sensory experiences.

 

Halloween in Central Park

Halloween in New York's Central Park

Halloween in New York’s Central Park

Attention all urban ghouls and goblins – Halloween is fast approaching and there are a frightening array of fun events lined up this year in New York’s Central Park!    Each October, the Central Park Conservancy offers an array of free Halloween programming throughout the Park, which has included spider crafts, live bat programs, costume parades, pumpkin carving and cooking demonstrations, theatrical productions, spooktacular sports, scary storytelling and New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla on the Harlem Meer. Read below for information on our 2012 schedule of Halloween programs. All programs are free and there is no advance registration.  All ages are welcome. Programs will happen weather permitting.
2012 Schedule of Halloween Programs

  • Bats at Belvedere
    Friday, October 26, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Belvedere Castle
    Step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their benefits, habitats and nocturnal strategies in this live animal encounter program with conservation biologist Rob Mies. Ages 4+.
  • Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail
    Sunday, October 28, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Dana Discovery Center
    Enjoy spooky storytelling, crafts with marshmallows, pumpkin-carving demonstrations and more. Walk alongside Frankenstein in the costume parade at 5:45 pm, and then watch New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla drift by on the Meer at twilight. Please click the link to read more about how to participate in the sail, including pumpkin size and weight restrictions.

Floating Christmas Tree in Harlem Meer


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