Seneca Village – Central Park’s Lost Community

Seneca Village – Central Park’s Lost Community

What we now know as Central Park has a rich social history that dates back to well before the current urban oasis was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century.  One such example is the story of Seneca Village.  It was one of the very first African American...

Central Park’s Literary Walk to Feature Women’s Suffrage Monument

At long last women are to take their rightful place in Central Park. For the first time in history, a bronze statue depicting and celebrating the achievements of women will join the myriad monuments honoring men, animals and fictional characters in the storied park.On...

ILLYRIA – the story of Joe Papp and Shakespeare in Central Park

It is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom; a four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square; Carnegie Hall is designated for demolition; entire neighborhoods on the West Side are leveled to make room for a new...

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...

Loaded Cannon Found In New York’s Central Park

New York (CNN) — This could have caused a major blast from the past. Workers cleaning a cannon, last fired more than 200 years ago, were shocked to find Friday that it was still loaded with gunpowder, wadding and a cannonball. The preservation workers from New...

Happy Birthday Frederick Law Olmsted!

Today marks the 199th birthday for visionary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, famous for co-designing many well-known urban parks with his senior partner Calvert Vaux, including Central Park and Prospect Park. Olmsted spent his first two adult decades...