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Summerstage, New York Marathon, Rock Concerts, Shakespeare–How Much More Can You Fit Into a City Park?

New York Marathon

Feeling claustrophobic? The New York Marathon will test you to the max.

How many different free cultural activities can you fit inside a city park?

If you want to know the answer, you needn’t look any further than Central Park in Manhattan.

First, you have all of the free performing arts festivals such as Central Park Summerstage and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, which take place every summer and are free admission.

Add to that the New York Marathon, an annual event since 1970 which has ballooned to over 50,000 participants, and traditionally ends in Central Park.

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park with the Castle in the background…pretty magical, no?

Then there’s Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater which features the best of Shakespeare and has been attended by over five million spectators since its opening in 1962 (also free on a ‘first come first serve’ basis).

Speaking of theĀ  60s, let’s not forget the many free rock concerts such as Simon and Garfunkle, Carole King, America, Elton John…the list goes on and on.

Simon and Garfunkle concert

A mere 500,000 people attended a concert bu Simon and Garfunkel in 1981!

But if you think the list ends there, think again; which is why I had to be extremely selective in deciding which free cultural events to include in my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story.



The New York Times: the Heartbeat of the City and of the Freedom of the Press

The New York Times

The New York Times vs. Freedom of the Press?

The New York Times was founded as the New-York Daily Times on September 18, 1851 and shortened its name to The New York Times in 1857.

It has the largest circulation of any metropolitan newspaper in the US and has won 111 Pulitzer prizes over its history.

No doubt, Frederick Law Olmsted himself read it throughout his life in the city. Coincidentally, The Times began publication the very year he and Calvert Vaux won the design commission to construct Central Park.

As a newspaper, The Times has been involved in a handful of scandals over its history, but the most blatant (in my opinion) was the 13-month delay in publishing the story of the National Security Administrations warrantless surveillance program leaked to the newspaper in 2004, just prior to the presidential election.

The newspaper would have continued to refuse to publish the story under pressure from the Bush administration had one of the reporters not threatened to publish a book on the subject independently.

This egregious violation of the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights was not something I was going to let pass unnoticed in my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, where I seek to demonstrate what happens when freedom of the press becomes non-existent.