Posts Tagged ‘Central Park’

Possibly the largest gift ever to a public park, $100 million dollars is being given to the Central Park Conservancy by hedge fund billionaire John A. Paulson. At a press conference today at Bethesda Fountain, Paulson announced the gift and said, “Walking through the park in different seasons, it kept coming back that in my mind Central Park is the most deserving of all of New York’s cultural institutions. And I wanted the amount to make a difference. The park is very large, and its endowment is relatively small.” Read more at NY Times

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Check out the amazing history of the creation of Central Park in this half-hour documentary directed by Suzannah Herbert.  It will be screened in the East Village on Wednesday, August 4th at 6 pm.  The event is part of Newfilmmakers summer line-up.  The doc was directed and edited by Suzannah Herbert and features many prominent figures on the New York history scene.  Among them is Ephemeral New York blogger Esther Crain, A History of New York author Bryan Waterman, and narrator Bill Diehl from ABC news. I even make a tiny appearance in front of the spectacular Bethesda Fountain.  See all the details of the screening below. (more…)

Gary’s peace train


Nestled in a tiny alcove off of Central Park West sits Strawberry Fields, 2.5 acres dedicated to the late John Lennon.  A mosaic of the word “Imagine” sits in the center and draws crowds from all over the world who photograph the rose-covered symbol. Daily, for the past eight years, Ayrton “Gary” Dos Santos has created what he calls a work of art in the form of a peace sign on the mosaic.  Gary, the so-called “Mayor of Strawberry Fields,” said of his work, “The people want peace, and they love what I do.” (more…)


The sweetest e-mail hit my inbox on Monday from a couple of participants in the last Social Experiment.  Visiting the city from Medford, Oregon, Bruce and Jeannine said that happening upon the disposable camera was “a really fun part of [their] New York experience.”  Glad to have brightened someone’s trip to Central Park!

Check back tomorrow to find out what happened when I tied a disposable camera to a bench in Central Park!

Airplanes Scribbled a Message Over Central Park

Those lounging in Sheep’s Meadow and hanging in other parts of Central Park on Labor Day watched in awe as Europe’s largest brewery spelled out its name across the sky.