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Central Park Essentials

Enjoy over 800 acres of park land in the middle of Manhattan.

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The Mall and Literary Walk

The Mall and Literary Walk

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Central Park plays an essential role in the everyday lives of New Yorkers by providing 843 acres of paths, lakes and open spaces for escaping the din and chaos of the surrounding city. The design for Central Park was conceived by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, who submitted their "Greenswald Plan" for Central Park during a contest organized by the Central Park Commission. When Central Park first opened in the winter of 1859 it was the first artificially landscaped park in the United States. Olmstead and Vaux's design integrated formal and pastoral elements throughout the park, offering visitors everything from formal walkways like The Mall and Literary Walk to the wild, woodsy area of the Ramble. Central Park is a great place for picnicking, listening to music and exploration. There are many fun, free events in Central Park, particularly in the summer.

Central Park Websites:

Central Park Map

Central Park Subways:

  • B, C
    - 72nd Street
    - 81st Street
    - 86th Street
    - 96th Street
    - 103rd Street
    - 110th Street
  • 2, 3
    - Central Park North/110th Street
  • N, R, W
    - 59th Street
  • A, B, C, D, 1
    - 59th Street/Columbus Circle

Central Park Boundaries

  • 59th Street on the South
  • 110th Street on the North
  • Central Park West on the West
  • 5th Avenue on the East

Central Park Architecture

  • Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux in 1857
  • Combined pastoral, picturesque and formal elements.
  • Essentially created the idea of landscape architecture -- everything in the park is man-made.

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