Central Park

Mapping Landscapes

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Central Park is one of New York’s most iconic public spaces and has delighted the senses of millions of visitors for over 150 years.

But how well do we really know Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s 843 acre bucolic masterpiece? In this mini exhibit of antiquarian maps from the library’s Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division viewers can discover how the landscape of Manhattan was transformed from hardscrabble farmland into the most beloved and acclaimed urban park in the United States.

Whether you go or not, Creating Central Park (Metropolitan Museum of Art)  provides "a detailed narrative of the politics, aesthetics, and planning involved
in the park's creation, accompanied by a rich trove of illustrations." Bloomsbury Review

  • American
  • 19th Century
  • History

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