Look at this 843-acre patch of greenery today and it would be understandable to assume the city simply built itself around the natural environment, preserving a part of the original landscape of Manhattan. Not so. Central Park is the genius of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (who also helped create Prospect Park in Brooklyn and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco). Olmsted’s objective was to give city dwellers a reprieve from the blights of urban life, to make them forget —if only for a couple hours —that they were in one of the most crowded and busy cities in the world. It worked. Even today, one finds New Yorkers and New York visitors taking advantage of the park’s many elements: from ponds to orchards to rock formations to meadows. Twenty-five million people visit the park each year and it still does a fine job of absorbing urban dwellers.
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