Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing the American Landscape -- Updated Edition

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing the American Landscape -- Updated Edition

Parent and Child pigeons tour Central Park and more in Hello, New York City by Martha Day Zschock. Board Book, 16 pages.

Hello New York City!

The Park and the People: A History of Central Park

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This "exemplary social history" (Kirkus Reviews) is the first full-scale account of Central Park ever published. Elizabeth Blackmar and Roy Rosenzweig tell the story of Central Park's people—the merchants and landowners who launched the project; the immigrant and African-American residents who were displaced by the park; the politicians, gentlemen, and artists who disputed its design and operation; the German gardeners, Irish laborers, and Yankee engineers who built it; and the generations of New Yorkers for whom Central Park was their only backyard. In tracing the park's history, Blackmar and Rosenzweig give us the history of New York, and bring to life larger issues about the meaning of the word "public" in a democratic society.

"Ambitious and adventurous.... A surprising and deeply social account of the park's contentious past. A powerful historical resource for thinking about the shape American public spaces have taken."
The Nation

"Original and provocative.... A deeply felt celebration of the role of public space."
New York Times Book Review

"Prodigiously researched, eloquent. An outstanding study of the evolution of Manhattan's Central Park."
Publishers Weekly