Stuart Constable, NYC Parks Department

As performances for Shakespeare in the Park are announced, lets take a look at the man who almost stopped them from happening. This NYC institution was started by Joe Papp in Central Park on the lawn in the 1950s, but in 1959, Stuart Constable (1900 – 1979) went up against the event in the park. As the 1959 Shakespeare In The Park season was set to begin and Robert Moses, Park Commissioner, was on vacation, leaving decisions to Stuart Constable, his right hand man in all matters park. Constable was violently anti-communist. Upon hearing that Joe Papp had been called… Read More

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Andrew H. Green, NYC planner, preservationist, leader

(October 6, 1820 – November 13, 1903) was a lawyer, New York City planner, preservationist and civic leader. He is considered “the Father of Greater New York,” and is responsible for Central Park, the New York Public Library, the Bronx Zoo, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also participated in or led significant projects including many parks and the joining together of the 5 boroughs of New York into one city. In 1835, he moved to New York, where two of his sisters lived and taught from Massachusetts. He began working with a merchant and lived in Trinidad working… Read More

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Edward Sibley Barnard, writer and tree-watcher

Edward Sibley Barnard is an editor, writer, and photographer specializing in fully illustrated how-to and nature books for adults and children. He lives and tree-watches in New York City. His most famous book is New York City Trees. The book is a must for tree lovers in NYC and is dedicated to the idea that every species of tree has a story and every individual tree has a history. Mr. Barnard worked with Ken Chaya and the Central Park Conservancy to put together the Definitive Illustrated Map of Central Park. The map covers not only the trees in the park in… Read More

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From Columbus to Lennon: The Upper West Side Tour

From Columbus to Lennon: The Upper West Side Long history in a short walk. The tour starts at Columbus Circle, at the Time-Warner Towers, with its glitzy shopping mall and grand view of the western entrance to Central Park. Before getting to the Dakota Building and Strawberry Fields in Central Park, we’ll zig-zag you through the most magnificent “brownstone” rows of houses and mansions as well as mid- to late-nineteenth century architecture and major cultural institutions of the city. Most visitors wonder what’s worth seeing to the west of Central Park: a lot, and with this tour we’ll show you… Read More

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