The story of Frederick Law Olmsted's 'Greensward Plan' for New York's Central Park.
"From the NASA space shuttle, Central Park is visible to the naked eye as a bright emerald bar on the fat knuckle of Manhattan... If an astronaut were to plunge by re-entry capsule into the heart of the park, she could never be more than around 400 metres from the urban roar of a city of more than 8 million people densely packed. And yet, wandering the labyrinthine paths of the Ramble, surrounded by thick woodland, rocky headlands, rivulets and little stone bridges that cross ravines, she would neither hear nor see the metropolis. This is a miracle."
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Sep 10, 2013 -
"Better a broken bone than a broken spirit". So said the appropriately-named Lady Allen of Hurtwood, pioneer of adventure playgrounds - play spaces which sacrificed a little security in the interests of imagination and creativity. Her work on adventure playgrounds - along with the sight of young Londoners playing in the bombed-out sites of post-Blitz London - inspired a young Richard Dattner
, a New York architect now probably best-known for the Bronx Public Library Center
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posted by running order squabble fest
on Jul 13, 2011 -
The Manhattan Airport Foundation.
From the About Us: It doesn’t take long to realize Central Park squanders 843 acres of the most valuable real estate in the world.
From the FAQ
: To date, nearly 100 investors have signed on to provide approximately $130M in equity with another $80M from the bond market making Manhattan Airport the most ambitious privately-funded airport development project in US history.
Apparently this is for reals.
posted by allkindsoftime
on Jul 22, 2009 -
The Concert in Central Park.
On September 19, 1981, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel played these songs in a free concert for over 500,000 people: Mrs. Robinson
, Homeward Bound
, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
, Scarborough Fair
, April Come She Will
, Wake Up Little Susie
, Still Crazy After All These Years, American Tune, Late in the Evening
, Slip Slidin' Away
, A Heart in New York
, The Late Great Johnny Ace
, Bridge Over Troubled Water
, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
, The Boxer
, Old Friends
, Bookends, The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
, The Sound of Silence
, and an encore of Late in the Evening
posted by kirkaracha
on Sep 1, 2007 -
One of America's Great Parks
is not a natural wonder at all. It was once a swamp dotted with shanty-towns. It cost more to build than the purchase price of Alaska. At times it has not been pretty, but today it is much more than a crime scene. It is Manhattan's Central Park.
posted by ilsa
on May 31, 2003 -
"Oh, mighty city of New York, you are wonderful to behold--
Your buildings are magnificent-- the truth be it told--
They were the only thing that seemed to arrest my eye,
Because many of them are thirteen storeys high;
And as for Central Park, it is lovely to be seen--
Especially in the summer season when its shrubberies are green
And the Burns Statue is there to be seen,
Surrounded by trees on the beautiful sward so green;
Also Shakespeare and the immortal Sir Walter Scott,
Which by Scotchmen and Englishmen will never be forgot.
The collected poems of William Topaz McGonagall
posted by sgt.serenity
on Dec 3, 2002 -
Prison in the Park
Central Park is a lot of things: the pastoral center of New York City, a relaxing stroll on a Saturday afternoon, a patch of grass lined with horse manure. It’s also home to a minimum-security prison...
posted by cell divide
on Jul 9, 2002 -