The Park from 106th Street to 110th Street

North End of Central Park

One of several cascades to be found in the north end of Central Park

Using the power of eminent domain, the city acquired 840 acres for the building of Central Park. The resultant area spans two and a half miles from 59th Street in the south to 110th Street in the north, and half a mile from Fifth Avenue in the east to Eighth Avenue in the west. However, the land that was first chosen in the 1850s was several dozen acres smaller than the one that I described. Only in 1863 did  the city decide that the rocky area just north of the original piece was ill-suited for urban development and, hence, the land from 106th Street to 110th Street was added.

Due to ongoing budget constraints and the tight financial control of Andrew Green, the city comptroller at the time, this northernmost area was less meticulously designed than the rest of the park, lending it a more untamed appearance. However, Olmsted and Vaux made excellent use of these constraints by making it reminiscent of their beloved Adirondack region, with its undulating hills and waterfalls, proving once again, their genius in working with whatever obstacles were put in their way.

In my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, I also made use of the north end of the park by turning it into a wilderness that Christopher Middleton, the main character in my story, stumbles upon and explores.





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