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Central Park


Central Park
Central Park is a large public park in New York. The park contains many statues, a lake used for model boats, is used for open theatre and concert productions, is a popular location for horse riding, and also contains a zoo.


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Central Park: Original Designs for New York's Greatest Treasure

By Cynthia S. Brenwall

Harry N. Abrams
Released: 2019-04-16
Hardcover (236 pages)

Central Park: Original Designs for New York s Greatest Treasure
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Drawing on the unparalleled collection of original designs for Central Park in the New York City Municipal Archives, Cynthia S. Brenwall tells the story of the creation of New York’s great public park, from its conception to its completion. This treasure trove of material ranges from the original winning competition entry; to meticulously detailed maps; to plans and elevations of buildings, some built, some unbuilt; to elegant designs for all kinds of fixtures needed in a world of gaslight and horses; to intricate engineering drawings of infrastructure elements. Much of it has never been published before. A virtual time machine that takes the reader on a journey through the park as it was originally envisioned, The Central Park is both a magnificent art book and a message from the past about what brilliant urban planning can do for a great city.

Central Park, An American Masterpiece: A Comprehensive History of the Nation's First Urban Park

By Sara Cedar Miller

Harry N Abrams
Hardcover (240 pages)

Central Park, An American Masterpiece: A Comprehensive History of the Nation s First Urban Park
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A visual tribute to America's first public park, published to coincide with its 150th anniversary, documents its artistic and social history, identifies the roles of its designers, and provides period views, original plans and drawings, and modern photographs of the park's restored areas.

Seeing Central Park: The Official Guide to the World's Greatest Urban Park

By Sara Cedar Miller

ABRAMS
Hardcover (192 pages)

Seeing Central Park: The Official Guide to the World s Greatest Urban Park
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For more than 150 years, Central Park has been the centerpiece of New York City, drawing more than 25 million visitors each year. In Seeing Central Park, Sara Cedar Miller, the official historian and photographer of the Central Park Conservancy, takes readers through America's most popular and celebrated park, where natural and manmade features are interwoven into a spectacular work of public art. Combining superb research and writing with breathtaking photographs, Seeing Central Park is not only a gorgeous gift book, but also a guide through every significant design feature in the park, from the largest, such as the Reservoir, to the smallest, such as the intricate carvings in the stonework surrounding Bethesda Terrace.

Seeing Central Park also reveals many newly renovated and restored designs, including Bow Bridge, which has been canonized in countless films, and the Minto Tile Arcade near the famous Bethesda Fountain.

A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park

By Ashley Benham Yazdani

Candlewick
Released: 2019-03-12
Hardcover (40 pages)

A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park
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How did Central Park become a vibrant gem in the heart of New York City? Follow the visionaries behind the plan as it springs to green life.

In 1858, New York City was growing so fast that new roads and tall buildings threatened to swallow up the remaining open space. The people needed a green place to be — a park with ponds to row on and paths for wandering through trees and over bridges. When a citywide contest solicited plans for creating a park out of barren swampland, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted put their heads together to create the winning design, and the hard work of making their plans a reality began. By winter, the lake opened for skating. By the next summer, the waterside woodland known as the Ramble opened for all to enjoy. Meanwhile, sculptors, stone masons, and master gardeners joined in to construct thirty-four unique bridges, along with fountains, pagodas, and band shells, making New York's Central Park a green gift to everyone. Included in the end matter are bios of Vaux and Olmsted, a bibliography, and engaging factual snippets.

Saving Central Park: A History and a Memoir

By Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

Knopf
Released: 2018-05-15
Hardcover (336 pages)

Saving Central Park: A History and a Memoir
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The story of how one woman's long love affair with New York's Central Park led her to organize its rescue from a state of serious decline, returning it to the beautiful place of recreational opportunity and spiritual sustenance that it is today.

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers opens with a quick survey of her early life--a middle-class upbringing in Texas; college at Wellesley, marriage, a master's degree in city planning at Yale. And then her move to New York, where she starts a family and, when she finds being a mother and a housewife is not enough, pours herself into the protection and enhancement of the city's green spaces. Interwoven into her own story is a comprehensive history of Central Park: its design and construction as a scenic masterpiece; the alterations of each succeeding era; the addition of numerous facilities for sports and play; and finally, the "anything goes" phase of the 1960s and 70s, which was often fun but nearly destroyed the park. The two narratives continue to entwine as she finds a job in the administration of Central Park, founds the Central Park Conservancy, and transforms both the park and herself--a transformation that has led to the writing of her many books, to travels that have taken her to parks and gardens around the world, and to solidifying the prestige of one of New York's most conspicuous landmarks.

The Central Park Five: The Untold Story Behind One of New York City's Most Infamous Crimes

By Sarah Burns

Vintage
Released: 2012-04-03
Paperback (272 pages)

The Central Park Five: The Untold Story Behind One of New York City s Most Infamous Crimes
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A must-read after watching Ava DuVernay's When They See Us

In this spellbinding account of the real facts of the Central Park jogger case, Sarah Burns powerfully reexamines one of New York City's most notorious crimes and its aftermath.

 
On April 20th, 1989, two passersby discovered the body of the "Central Park jogger" crumpled in a ravine. She'd been raped and severely beaten. Within days five black and Latino teenagers were apprehended, all five confessing to the crime. The staggering torrent of media coverage that ensued, coupled with fierce public outcry, exposed the deep-seated race and class divisions in New York City at the time. The minors were tried and convicted as adults despite no evidence linking them to the victim. Over a decade later, when DNA tests connected serial rapist Matias Reyes to the crime, the government, law enforcement, social institutions and media of New York were exposed as having undermined the individuals they were designed to protect.

Here, Sarah Burns recounts this historic case for the first time since the young men's convictions were overturned, telling, at last, the full story of one of New York’s most legendary crimes.

The Statues of Central Park: A Tribute to New York City's Most Famous Park and Its Monuments

By June Eding

Hatherleigh Press
Released: 2018-11-26
Hardcover (192 pages)

The Statues of Central Park: A Tribute to New York City s Most Famous Park and Its Monuments
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The Park and the People: A History of Central Park

By Roy Rosenzweig

Brand: Cornell University Press
Paperback (600 pages)

The Park and the People: A History of Central Park
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This "exemplary social history" (Kirkus Reviews) is the first full-scale account of Central Park ever published. Elizabeth Blackmar and Roy Rosenzweig tell the story of Central Park's people―the merchants and landowners who launched the project; the immigrant and African-American residents who were displaced by the park; the politicians, gentlemen, and artists who disputed its design and operation; the German gardeners, Irish laborers, and Yankee engineers who built it; and the generations of New Yorkers for whom Central Park was their only backyard. In tracing the park's history, Blackmar and Rosenzweig give us the history of New York, and bring to life larger issues about the meaning of the word "public" in a democratic society.

Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses

By Shira Boss

Sterling Children's Books
Released: 2018-03-06
Hardcover (40 pages)

Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses
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“Bob lived in the big city. The city was very crowded.”
A true story about Bob Redman, a New York City boy who built a series of intricate treehouses hidden in Central Park.
This charming picture book tells the true story of Bob Redman, a child growing up in New York City. Tired of the noise, the people, and the rushing around, Bob took shelter in the natural beauty of Central Park—where he covertly built a series of amazing treehouses, starting with a simple platform and growing more and more elaborate over time. He played cat-and-mouse with the park workers, who kept tearing down his houses, until he was finally caught. But his story ends with a happy surprise . . .


 
 
 

 
 
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