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Central Park in New York

Central Park is an oasis of life in the middle of the metropolis and one of the favorite places of New Yorkers. If you have not seen Central Park, then consider that you went to New York in vain. Because it is much more than grass, trees and bushes.

Top view photo of Central Park, New York City — American ButlerCentral Park — green democracy

It should be said right away that New York Central Park is neither the largest, nor the oldest, nor the most beautiful (according to the opinion of its creators and many citizens). But this is by far the most famous park in the world.

What is the secret of his success? It seems to us that two aspects played here: his idea and his soulfulness. First things first.

New York quickly grew to the title of financial center, first the United States, and after the whole world. The population also grew: from 1820 to 1850, it increased 4 times. People went to New York not only for big money, but also for a simple piece of bread - construction, manufactory, catering ... A prosperous city needed any kind of labor.

But it is not enough to provide people with just jobs, and places of rest are also needed. Without them, the districts turned into gloomy close ghettos, and people could not relax and feel like masters of their lives. The already existing parks, sports and just social clubs were a “without the poor and black” zone, not everyone could get there.

And then the authorities decided to allocate a plot of land to create the first public park between New York and Harlem. The latter at that time was a separate city. The place was chosen without special care - kilometers of hills and swamps, on top of demolished immigrant barracks with terrible infrastructure. But this did not stop to create the same park miracle.

New York Central Park — attractions & parks — American Butler

Wizards and creators of Central Park

Photo Central Park, New York City — American ButlerThe New York City Central Park was occupied by two landscape architects, Calvert Vox and Frederick Olmsted. Both were followers of the British school, and therefore their project came out like a typical English garden. But with a few important details.

  • First, transport engineering, unique for that time. The park covers an area of 4 x 0.8 km², which means that it can complicate traffic in a developing city. To prevent this, 4 underground through passageways were made. And on the territory of the park for the first time traffic patterns and paths for pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages were thought out. Moreover, these paths often came into contact - as architects naturally conceived to bring prosperous townspeople closer to ordinary people.
  • Secondly, the landscapes themselves. The green spaces are arranged in such a way that many people still think that all this appeared naturally, and people just set up a fence around. Lawns, trees, corners of “untouched wildlife” and ponds were created artificially, but with maximum realism. Moreover, the first publicly accessible source of purified mineral water was held right in the park. For times with unstable sanitary conditions such a move was very important.
  • Thirdly, the filling. Many facilities were opened for all guests of the park: an ice rink, a cafe, a boat station, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sports and playgrounds, recreation areas, a greenhouse, green theaters ... Of course, they appeared at different times, but there was one indestructible rule for each object - entrance accessible to everyone, regardless of social status.

New York Central Park entrance photo — American Butler

The revival of Central Park

During its existence, the park was ruined several times. Due to a lack of funding and a change of government, he was either abandoned or planted again. The last straw fell in the 80s, when public organizations took the Central Park under the wing, turning it from a desolate crime scene to a thriving city garden.

For decades, everyone has used the park without exception, and everyone needs to restore it - it was this idea that formed the basis for the creation of the Central Park Conservancy. Regular guarding of the park by the police is back in action. The original landscape was restored by volunteers - ordinary New Yorkers who wanted to help the park. Almost all the objects in the park were transferred by the state to the hands of private owners - it turned out as quickly as possible to restore all the buildings and breathe new life into them.

Today it’s nice to see Central Park — a neat, calm and very beautiful corner of nature in the heart of the metropolis. Perhaps, here he is, an example of true democracy.

Want to take a morning jog with coffee in Central Park, feed the ducks in a pond or just lie on the lawn in downtown New York?

No problem, contact us at American Butler!
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