These Vintage Maps From 1856 Show the Plans For New York City's Central Park

Plans for Central Park, 1857
Plans for Central Park, 1857
Photo: NYPL

Created in 1857, Central Park is one of the most well-known parks in the world. It is the busiest park, with over 40 million visitors per year, and appears in countless movies and television productions. But before all of this, the land was a swampy patch of land with trees and water courses running throughout. These vintage maps show the geographical survey of the land in 1856 alongside the commissioned plan by park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

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