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Alphabe Thursday N is for New York City and Central Park

February 19, 2015

Still keeping with my theme of walking and it would seem in some cities during the 19th century it was already becoming dangerous.

Central Park in New York City was shaped in the style of English gardens particularly Liverpool’s Public park.  It was a place for the new up and coming citizens to parade their wealth.  While the poor preferred to pay and enjoy the privacy of the private parks, rather like London’s Vauxhall Gardens, where they could drink beer and dance the polka and other so called plebeian activities.

However,those would wished only for an uplifting walk would be disappointed and at risk.  The Central Park became a popular promenade for the rich and their carriages.  

So, the rich frequented the Central Park and the ‘poor’ pedestrians wandered the New York Battery and Broadway once enjoyed by the fashionable New Yorkers; that is, until it fell into decline as the ‘respectable citizens lost control over these public spaces’. It would seem in New York City during the 1850s, carriage owning was the defining feature of the new urban upper-class  and that walking was passe or simply unsafe.  

Images from Frederick Law Olmsted’s New York ; text by Elizabeth Barlow and illustrative portfolio by William Alex and attributed to Harpers Weekly 1864 and 1886. From the library of the Landscape Institute 

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2015 7:15 am

    Nice, Nel. I like to be reminded of Central Park, I’ve visited quite a few times. No I always remember I as the place with the pretty little frozen lake where Santa landed his sleigh in the movie, ELF. It was near ‘Strawberry Fields’ but I would have to go there to pin it down better. 🙂

    • February 19, 2015 7:27 am

      Me … I remain in ignorant bliss as an armchair traveller … nonetheless it looks fabulous … thanks for the visit and kind comment Jimxx

  2. February 19, 2015 3:12 pm

    Wow! That was an education. I would have bet the farm that the working poor were the original class to frequent The Park.
    I can still remember the carriage ride I took in Central Park as a little girl. I felt like a queen!

    • February 19, 2015 5:08 pm

      Thanks for visit and kind comments …. I have only seen pictures the park looks very grand

  3. February 19, 2015 3:57 pm

    I love Central Park! It’s such a wonderful oasis in a place of concrete…

  4. February 19, 2015 9:30 pm

    Central Park was based on Liverpool’s park, no kidding. History about landmarks is fascinating stuff.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  5. February 20, 2015 6:31 am

    Who needs Central Park when we have Seften Park? At least I have been there! 🙂

  6. February 21, 2015 3:23 pm

    Lovely images of the park. I enjoy visiting any park and watching the ducks in the water and seeing lots of different birds and other critters.Very nice share. Enjoy your weekend.

    • February 21, 2015 5:20 pm

      Thank you very much for kind comments and good wishes that I now return with love and hope xx

  7. February 21, 2015 4:24 pm

    It would be fun to take a time capsule back to the 19th century, and see it. Everything was probably very smelly though, with the horses and other animals… {:-Deb

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