Thursday, December 15, 2011

Central Park

Central Park is the first landscaped public park in the U.S. Central Park is a recreational and culture space, as well as an oxygenating green area in the middle of the most towering city in the world.

This was achieved due to the ambition various New Yorkers had, after visiting London and Paris, where parks were one of the attractions. This was seen as the city's comparable facility with European cities in order to establish its international reputation.

Central Park would offer their own families an attractive setting for carriage rides and provide the working class with a healthy alternative to the saloon. 

1853 is when the state legislature authorised the City of New York to use the power of eminent domain to acquire 11% of the land of Manhattan. 

In 1857 the city organised a competition for the design of this new park, which would rival the great parks of London and Paris. The chosen plan was that designed by Frederic Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, featuring an English style landscape with several lakes and hills. Winding pedestrian roads were separated from main roads and the huge number of trees ensured the city's buildings were not visible from within the park. 

Central Park currently  a key destination of New York, attracting millions of visitors each year. It is an easily identifiable location, which is constantly found in Hollywood films. It also attracts New Yorkers who wish to play baseball, football and other sport. It is, however, a romantic place, where cafes and restaurants are located.  

The best day to visit Central Park is undoubtedly Sunday, where the visitor can enjoy street acts, music, countless people walking and many baseball teams playing.

It is amazing how this park is in the centre of New York, a cosmopolitan, tall and busy city. Once entering Central Park it is easy to forget that your still in the City of New York.  

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