I had a rough plan for my time in New York City and it consisted of all the things I’d wanted to see on previous visits, but hadn’t got around to. Only a few things on the list were what might you call a classic New York attraction. Central Park was the first public park in the United States, opening to the public in the Winter of 1858. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and architect/landscape designer Calvert Vaux won a design competition to improve and expand the park that same year. Their design had been influenced by Olmsted’s visit to Birkenhead Park, the world’s first public park, in 1850. Central Park was placed on tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage sites in April 2017.
The park today is very much the lungs of Manhattan and it’s easy to spend several hours wandering the pathways.