Secrets of Central Park – Camels on Sheep Meadow

Perusing our archive of Central Park Stereopticon pictures recently I came across this singular photo of a camel, seeming quite relaxed on a stroll through Central Park. As part of the park’s menagerie (which later became the Central Park Zoo), camels visited Sheep Meadow periodically. This particular camel appears to be roaming the park quite freely. Camels were popular at the menagerie, and they got lots of attention in the press; newspapers updated New Yorkers on when new camels came to the park, when a baby camel was born, and when a beloved camel died as evidenced by this brief, but poignant, notice in the NY Times:

“VOLSTEAD, ZOO CAMEL, DIES Grief of Mate and Offsprlng Acute – Museum Declines Carcass Volstead, the 14-year-old Bactrian camel who had long figured as one of the chief attractions at the Cen­tral Park Zoo, died yesterday after four days’ illness. Volstead, who was born in the zoo here, was the last of the male camels of the Central Park herd. He is survived by his mate, Jeanette, and an 11-months-old offspring, Jeanette 2nd. The grief of the survivors was described by Head Keeper Robert Hurton as acute. The Museum of Natural History having declined to accept Volstead’s carcass, the camel will be buried at Barren Island.” Published: May 23, 1930 Copyright © The New York Times

I think my favorite part of the whole camel saga was the name “Volstead”. This was thanks to the efforts of the aforementioned Robert Hurton, known . . . → Read More: Secrets of Central Park – Camels on Sheep Meadow

Central Park Winter Jam 2018

It’s not skiing in Davos, but it’s the closest thing to it you’ll find in NYC! Winter Jam includes ice-skating, sledding, snowboarding, refreshments and a whole lot more – all supported by actual snow-machines! This event is suitable for both adults and children and it’s something you don’t want to miss if you’re spending the last couple of days of January in the city! The event is free and it also includes skiing and snowboarding lessons. Saturday, January 27, 2018* 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Central Park, Manhattan – Bandshell Area Enter at 72nd Street

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Free Event for All Ages

Featured Venues Lake Placid Snow Field Learn to Ski Snowshoeing by REI Sledding Arctic Golf Live Ice Sculpting Taste NY Winter Market/Warming Hut Participants in the Learn to Ski, Sledding, and Snowshoeing activities must sign a waiver and provide photo identification before participating in any of these activities. The waivers will be provided at the event. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present with photo identification to sign the waiver. Waiting lines for the activities are subject to close early.

For more information, please call (212) 360-8213.

Statue of Doctor J. Marion Sims to be removed from Central Park

A statue of Doctor J. Marion Sims, credited by many as the father of modern gynecology, is being moved under the city’s push to oust symbols of hate on city property. East Harlem residents and city officials have long advocated for the statue’s removal, asserting that it honors Sims’s medical achievements while overlooking that between the years 1845 and 1849, he performed gynecological exams on 12 enslaved women without anesthesia, NBC New York and DNAinfo report.

East Harlem City Council member Bill Perkins has taken a strong stance against the statue, and is calling for its removal.

“The community has seen statues along the way for years, but once the community began to study these statues and understand what they mean, they found out that they come from a mentality and an era that are quite inconsistent with today and the future,” Perkins said at a Monday rally calling for the statue’s removal. “And while one might say it’s just standing there, it represents us, and I don’t believe that the community in general finds this something to brag about.”

The statue stands in Central Park, near Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street near the Museum of the City of New York. On Saturday, protestors from Brooklyn Youth Project 100 dressed in “bloodied” hospital gowns gathered at the site to condemn the monument to Sims.

“Anarcha, Lucy and Betsy—these women had names,” City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said at Monday’s rally. “He repeatedly performed surgery on black women without anesthesia because, . . . → Read More: Statue of Doctor J. Marion Sims to be removed from Central Park

Central Park Midnight Run & Fireworks 2018

Kick off the New Year at the Midnight Run! Join the fun and celebrate with music and dancing (starting at 10:00 p.m.) as 2017 comes to a close. With a countdown to midnight beginning at 11:59 p.m., the four-mile run will begin on the stroke of midnight, as will a spectacular fireworks display to light up the night and the start of 2018.

For more information about the Midnight Run, or information about how to register, please visit New York Road Runners’ 2018 Midnight Run page.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

10:00 p.m.–11:59 p.m.

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Arsenal Gallery: 35th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

NYC Parks welcomes the holiday season with its 35th annual exhibition of creative, unconventional wreaths. Employing an array of uncommon materials, more than 40 participating fine artists, designers, and imaginative individuals celebrate this timeless holiday symbol. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from a range of themes ranging from the personal to the universal. This exhibition is an inspired and fun way to experience the holiday season. Thursday, December 7, 2017

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. This event repeats every weekday between 12/7/2017 and 1/5/2018.

Arsenal in Central Park 830 Fifth Avenue Manhattan

Cost – Free

Contact Number

(212) 360-8114

Contact Email

artandantiquities@parks.nyc.gov