By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 21, 2021) – In Issue 2021-139 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we visit a famous park land in New York City.

Urban Oasis

Quite thoughtfully, a large chunk of land was set aside in Manhattan on this day in 1853 for common use.  This became Central Park.

It was in the making for several years.  Various structures were added after the formal creation of the park, and it was deemed to be completed in four years.

What would an urban jungle be without a greenspace to enjoy a bit of respite?

Here is Colton’s map of New York City showing parts of Central Park from 1855.

New York City with parts of Central Park- 1855 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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