By Devin Gannon, Thu, February 16, 2023
Photo by Ajay Suresh via Wikimedia Commons
After closing its doors last year, the iconic Loeb Boathouse in Central Park will reopen this summer with a new operator. Mayor Eric Adams and the city’s Parks Department on Thursday announced Legends Hospitality, the group that operates at Yankee Stadium and One World Observatory, has been selected to manage the Boathouse as part of a 10-year lease. If the contract is approved by the city’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee next month, the venue could be open to the public as early as June.
By Aaron Ginsburg, Tue, December 20, 2022
All photos courtesy of the Central Park Conservancy
A new gate in Central Park will permanently honor the “Central Park Five,” the five Black and Latino teens who in 1989 were convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. “The Gate of the Exonerated” commemorates the exoneration of all five men, each of whom unjustly served between six and 12 years in prison before being cleared in 2002. Located on 110th Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Fifth Avenue, the new entrance was unveiled on Monday, exactly 20 years after their convictions were overturned, marking the first named gate in Central Park since 1862.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Fri, December 2, 2022
All photos courtesy of NYC Parks / Malcolm Pinckney
NYC Park’s annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition has returned to the Arsenal Gallery for its 40th year. Now through December 30, the public can visit the gallery, located in Central Park, and view nearly 40 unique, handcrafted wreaths that celebrate the holiday season.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Fri, October 21, 2022
The Reservoir; Photo courtesy of the Central Park Conservancy
The Central Park Conservancy has launched a new, interactive Peak Fall Foliage map to let parkgoers know the best times and locations to take in autumn’s most vibrant colors. In the coming weeks, approximately 18,000 trees across Central Park’s 843 acres will reach their peak color. The map’s real-time information is provided by Central Park’s arborists who take care of more than 170 species of trees on a daily basis.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Wed, September 7, 2022
Image courtesy of Si B on Flickr
A new exhibition honoring Black lives lost to racial injustice in the United States will open this month in New York City’s historical Seneca Village, once home to a thriving black community that was displaced by the city to make way for Central Park in the 1850s. Presented by the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art (SDAAMFA), the Say Their Names Memorial Exhibition is a month-long augmented reality experience debuting on Saturday, September 17 at West 85th Street in Central Park.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Thu, July 21, 2022
Image courtesy of ajay_suresh on Flickr
Loeb Boathouse, Central Park’s iconic lakeside restaurant which has operated for nearly 70 years, will be closing permanently on October 16. According to a notice filed with the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) by the venue’s owner, the establishment will be closing its doors and laying off all of its 163 employees due to what owner Dean Poll calls, “rising labor and costs of goods.”
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Tue, July 5, 2022
Photo credit: Katrina Thomas. NYC Parks Photo Archive
The city’s Parks Department opened a new photography exhibition at Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery that displays more than 40 archived photographs from the department’s collection. Called “Streets In Play: Katrina Thomas, NYC Summer 1968,” the exhibit features images taken by the late photographer Katrina Thomas, who in 1968 was hired by NYC Mayor John Lindsay and tasked with capturing the city’s summer initiative, “Playstreets,” in which residential blocks were closed to vehicles and instead equipped for recreational activity.
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By Alexandra Alexa, Wed, April 27, 2022
Photo via PxHere
For avid runners and beginners alike, New York City offers a wide range of places to hit the pavement, from its iconic bridges to green trails nestled in the city’s parks. The scenic routes provide unbeatable views of the river and skyline that can keep you motivated to keep going when you’re ready to give up. Ahead, we round up the 10 most iconic spots to go for a run in the city, fit for regular marathoners, treadmill-devotees looking for a change of scenery, and total newbies.
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By Michelle Cohen, Wed, January 26, 2022
Rendering courtesy of Ennead Architects.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved plans for the revitalization of Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, the city’s first major post-pandemic outdoor theater investment. The new design’s main goals are to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, protect the building from the ravages of a changing climate, and improve efficiency and comfort.
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By Lucie Levine, Wed, January 5, 2022
Central-Park Winter, 1862, via NYPL Digital Collections
While we haven’t had much snow yet this year, New York is already a winter wonderland thanks to the many ice skating rinks found across the city. If you choose to glide through the season on ice, taking a spin anywhere from Central Park to Coney Island, you’re sliding into a New York winter tradition that includes the nation’s first organized ice rink, a decade of “Icetravaganzas” that drew millions, a glittery trend of hotel ice gardens throughout Midtown, and even a relationship to the origins of baseball. So lace up, and read on for a history of ice-skating in New York City.
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