Central Park is an urban park in New York City located between the Upper West and Upper East Sides of Manhattan. It is the fifth-largest park in the city, covering 843 acres. It is the most visited urban park in the United States, with an estimated 42 million visitors annually. The biologically diverse ecosystem has several hundred species of flora and fauna. Recreational activities include carriage-horse and bicycle tours, bicycling, sports facilities, and concerts and events such as Shakespeare in the Park.
Main attractions include landscapes such as the Ramble and Lake, Hallett Nature Sanctuary, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and Sheep Meadow; amusement attractions such as Wollman Rink, Central Park Carousel, and the Central Park Zoo; formal spaces such as the Central Park Mall and Bethesda Terrace; and the Delacorte Theater.
In 1857, landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition for the park with their “Greensward Plan”. Construction began the same year; existing structures, including a majority-Black settlement named Seneca Village, were seized through eminent domain and razed.
After a period of decline in the early 20th century, New York City parks commissioner Robert Moses started a program to clean up Central Park in the 1930s. The Central Park Conservancy, created in 1980 to combat further deterioration in the late 20th century, refurbished many parts of the park starting in the 1980s.
Illustration of an aerial perspective overlooking Central Park in Manhattan.
Photograph of a man in a suit standing pensively on a bridge overlooking the arched footpath beneath.
A photograph of Central Park in its pristine and far less developed stage, compared to what we know today.
A photograph of the Music Pavilion on a quiet and overcast autumn day. Taken by George Stacy in 1865.
A detailed view of Central Park's terrace masonry. The terrace was one of the very first structures to have been built in the park.
A unique perspective revealing the ornate patterns of Central Park's stonework designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
An artist's rendering of Squatters near Central Park living among farm animals in their shacks.
A bird's-eye view of New York with Central Park in the foreground.
A painting which shows New Yorkers enjoying the foliage and scenery at Central Park.
A small crowd gathers near Bethesda Fountain to enjoy pleasant weather and boat rides on the lake.
Spectators enjoy a musical performance at one of Central Park's pavilions.
A photograph shot from the perspective of the lake at Central Park towards the luxury hotels which form the skyline.
Photograph of men and women seated beneath the trees, enjoying the view across Central Park Pond.
Panoramic view of Central Park from Apartment 9D at 146 Central Park West.
Photograph of The Dakota Apartments, located at 1 West 72nd Street, Central Park West.
Photograph of the The Dakota Apartments taken from a corner in Central Park West.
A bird's eye perspective of Central Park looking north with Harlem and The Bronx visible in the distance.
Photograph of Bow Bridge overlooking the Lake in Central Park with midtown buildings in the background.
Photograph of Central Park's Bow Bridge. One of the park's many rustic pavilions is visible under the left side of the arch.
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Welcome to the History of New York City - A Unique Online Gallery of NYC's Origins, Curated and Digitally Restored by Fine Print New York.
We're opening our archives to present this Collection of Vintage Photos, Historical Images and Rare Lithographs. This Exclusive Series of High Quality Art Prints are only Available for Purchase Exclusively on this Site.
Joseph Gornail, printer/photographer and founder of Fine Print New York. Joseph grew up in SoHo, Manhattan and is part of a long lineage of NYC printers, learning the family trade from his grandfather. While working for Dolo Records/Stretch Armstrong in 1996, Joseph founded All City Marketing & Printing, and in 1999 Co-Founded the legendary street wear company "Orchard Street " with lifelong friends Benjamin Holloway and Greig Bennett. Fine Print NYC was established in 2004 with a Nike project being the launchpad for a commercial printing company that has not only survived, but thrived in the digital age.
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Together, Joseph & Steven are responsible for the curation and direction of the History101.nyc project, which has been under development since 2006. They have a long history of collaborating together, going back as far as 2001 when Joseph was gallery manager and Steven was a curator at The New York City Urban Experience, an art gallery & museum that was located at 85 South Street and owned by Mike Saes of the Nike Bridge Runners and True Yorkers.
We cover a great portion of the city's history, ranging from its earliest days as New Amsterdam to the late 1980s. Artists are currently working on photos from the 90s to present day,
Here's a current list of what is covered:
There are currently 714 photos, lithographs, illustrations and maps on this site. Each one has been digitally restored and cleaned up by hand, which makes this collection truly unique.
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We have collaborated with NYC's Municipal Archives, The Tenemant Museum, Bronx Historical Society and a number of prominent NYC photographers to produce a series of limited edition postcards which free of charge, but only available via street distribution, primarily in Manhattan.
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