I’m sitting on the sofa with my little friends and I the have desire to flash back to one of my favorite movies of all time:

Love This Movie!!!!

When Harry Met Sally so I pop it into the dvd player.  Of course I love that movie.  It’s funny, quirky, included at that time America’s darling, Meg Ryan and the pièce de résistance is that it’s primarily set in New York.  I think if Harry had visited the Dating Ideas link on centralpark.com, the romance between he and Sally would have popped off a lot sooner.

Who can forget the picture that was on every advertisement and dvd cover?  Seeing the fresh fall leaves in Central Park was one aspect of New York I was dying to see.  We could discuss the diner scene where Sally gives every patron a lesson in proving one can ‘fake it’ but that’s for another time.  After reading the history of Central Park I was both amazed and grossed out by its creation.  Progress definitely has two sides!

The Relaxing Spot, the Green Lawn


  • Wealthy Americans vacationing in Europe wanted to emulate public spaces seen in London and Paris

They thought it would:

*Establish city’s metropolitan stature

*Bring order to the lower class

*Raise their status in prominent New York society

  • Eminent domain used to obtain 700+ acres of land in the heart of Manhattan
  • Approximately 1,600 residents displaced in order to obtain more land for the park brought park to its current size

*Irish pig farmers

*German gardeners
*African-American settlements which included three churches and a school

Before Tavern on the Green Closed; Now Open as an Information Center and Gift Shop

  • First opened in the December, 1859
  • For many years mostly visited by the city’s riches 5 percent

Political Notes

  • Establishment of park found opposition from various groups
    • Why location on the East Side
    • Why financed through general tax revenues and not through benefit assessments on adjacent landowner

      So Green in the Summer

    • Would all classes benefit from the park
  • Struggle for control between Republican-dominated state legislature and mostly Democratic locally-elected office holders
    • State legislatures developed the city’s first planning agency, appointing Andrew Green as head
      • 1857-1870:  Central Park Commission oversaw development of uptown Manhattan and Central Park management
    • 1870 control of Central Park restored to local control
      • Park commissioners became mayor appointed post

Former Rules of the Park

  • Commercial wagons not allowed (working families couldn’ttour the park)

    A Much Needed Break with a Friend

  • No group picnics
  • Boys must have a note from principal to play ball

View Taken in the Park

Today’s Features

NOLA NYCole in Strawberry Fields, Central Park

Websites to Visit


Another view from the Park



About ksimonewilson

I'm looking forward to sharing my New York experiences that have been highlighted on television and in movies.

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