The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

Originally known at the Central Park Reservoir, this now-decommissioned reservoir covers 104 acres and holds over 1 million gallons of water.  Designed in 1858 as part of the original plan of Central Park, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir still provides water for the Harlem Meer and is a vast natural ecological sanctuary, hosting over 20… Continue reading

Central Park and The Upper East Side

One of the world’s great urban parks, Central Park was designed by the firm of Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead and was laid out in stages from 1858 through 1873, covering an area of 843 acres bordered by Fifth Avenue to the east, Central Park West to the West, Central Park South (59th Street)… Continue reading

Scholar’s Gate, Central Park

The southernmost entrance to Central Park on Fifth Avenue, Scholar’s Gate was created in opposition to then-prevailing trends for highly ornate and monumental entrances to parks.  Instead it is a low sandstone opening intended by park designers Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead to represent a great civic park open to all classes. The name… Continue reading