We should mention that every major European metropolis had an attractive and iconic park, and so New York high society wanted to have one, too.
The original planning phase disclosded there were not many choices available to provide a park, but the finger of fate soon fell on the places on the map where just a few residents had established themselves, above all Seneca Village, which housed a small community of African Americans and Irish immigrants. Around 1,600 residents were evicted to make room for the eventual Central Park.
The commission for the design was eventually given to Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and their concept of a "Greensward Plan." The park was completed in 1873.
Map of Central Park in New York City (1875) / Photo: Wikipedia
Terrace and gondola, Central Park (ca 1894) / Photo: Shutterstock
The Terrace, Central Park (1902) / Photo: Ashley Van Haeften
The Mall, Central Park (1902) Photo: Ashley Van Haeften
Start of toy yacht race in Central Park (ca 1910s.) / Photo: Shutterstock
As a result of the Great Depression unemployment jumped rapidly and that went hand in hand with people losing their homes. This ensued into shanty towns being built across the country. They were named Hooverville. The largest one in New York City was in Central Park (1933) / Photo Shutterstock
Hooverville in Central Park (1933) / Photo Shutterstock
Aerial view of Manhattan - Central Park Today / Photo: Shutterstock
New York Central Park / Photo: Shutterstock
Central Park / Photo: Jorge Láscar
Central Park / Photo: Robert Young
One of 36 bridges in Central Park / Photo: Shutterstock
For Christmas atmosphere - Christmas Shopping in New York 1900 - 1936