Looking Down On Central Park

Shadows sweep across Sheep Meadow, a 15-acre space where people congregate for picnics on Sunday afternoon. Until 1934, a shepherd stopped traffic on the west drive so his flock could travel to and from their meadow.  Photograph shows buildings on the east side of Central Park line the perimeter of the park.  The entire perimeter of the park is surrounded by tall buildings and urban life.<br />
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When Central park was planned, most New Yorkers still lived below 38th Street in crowded, chaotic quarters. Frederick Law Olmsted planned the park with Calvert Vaux as a refuge from urban stress. The design of Central Park embodies Olmsted's social consciousness and commitment to egalitarian ideals.

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