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Jun 12, 2008

150-Year Old Map of Central Park Displayed

"Greensward" the huge map by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux that became the plan for the development of New York City's famed Central Park has been put on display for only the third time in history the New York Times reported:

It lays out the framework of the park as it exists today with a prescience that few master plans achieve. You could use it to navigate through many stretches of the park’s 840-acre expanse. Yet it also is a product of a long-ago, almost Arcadian time, as shown in features like a formal flower garden — never constructed — that would have been laid out as intricately as lacework.

The map is the centerpiece of “Celebrating Greensward: The Plan for Central Park, 1858-2008,” which will be on view in the old Arsenal at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street until June 19...

In addition to the map, the exhibit features 71 photographs tracking the declines and rebirths of the park through the last 150 years. The exhibit will be open this weekend and weekdays from from 9 to 5. Admission is free.

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