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5 Questions with Cal Jones, Manhattan Borough Historian Emeritus

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5 Questions with Cal Jones, Manhattan Borough Historian Emeritus

Celedonia (Cal) Jones, born and raised in central Harlem, talks about his childhood in NYC and how he became involved in telling Seneca Village’s many stories.

Sepia toned print of the 1842 reservoir

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How Public Health Influenced the Creation, Purpose, and Design of Central Park

The coronavirus crisis has spurred newfound appreciation for New York City’s parks and the myriad ways they can benefit our health, both mental and physical.

Remembering One of Central Park’s Earliest Advocates

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Remembering One of Central Park’s Earliest Advocates

Central Park and the Central Park Conservancy lost one of its most ardent supporters: Richard “Dick” Gilder, Jr.

Remembering One of Central Park’s Earliest Advocates

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Remembering One of Central Park’s Earliest Advocates

Central Park and the Central Park Conservancy lost one of its most ardent supporters: Richard “Dick” Gilder, Jr.

Phil Rosenthal being filmed in Central Park

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5 Questions with Phil Rosenthal, TV Writer and Producer

Phil Rosenthal shares his fondest memories of the Park, his idea of a perfect picnic there, and what he’ll do when the coronavirus pandemic is all over.

Sepia photo of a group enjoying the park's earliest days

Park History

Staying Connected to Central Park through History

The history of Central Park is integral to the mission of the Central Park Conservancy. As stewards of the Park, we uphold its original, timeless purpose as a respite from urban life, while enhancing the Park for today’s visitors.

Janet Ruttenberg working in Central Park

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Janet Ruttenberg

The people that walk Central Park's trails and explore its hidden corners are what makes the Park the heartbeat of New York and serve as the inspiration behind Janet Ruttenberg’s vast watercolors.

Q&A with Sara Cedar Miller, Central Park Conservancy Historian Emerita  

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Q&A with Sara Cedar Miller, Central Park Conservancy Historian Emerita  

Thirty-six years after her start with the Conservancy, Sara Cedar Miller reflects on the changes she’s seen in the Park, how the green space has transformed New York City, and what the Park means to her during these unusual times.

See Central Park in the Age of Social Distancing

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See Central Park in the Age of Social Distancing

New York City is on pause — but Central Park remains open. This is a spring like no other, which photographer Elliot Stern captures in these Park photos from recent weeks.

‘A Sense of Enlarged Freedom’: Central Park as Sanctuary

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‘A Sense of Enlarged Freedom’: Central Park as Sanctuary

For many New Yorkers right now, Central Park and the City’s other open spaces are more valuable and meaningful than ever.