New York's Central Park and Term Paper

Download this Term Paper in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Term Paper:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomburg said of the project, "The Gates' will transform Central Park and challenge viewers to revisit their preconceptions of public art and urban parks" (Bloomberg). Many New Yorkers did not share in his enthusiasm. Reporter Webb continues, "Nearly everyone was initially aghast at the prospect of so intrusive a work in their piece of paradise, but the artists overcame all objections, promising to respect every twig and patch of turf by designing self-supporting structures that would leave no mark" (Webb). This is essentially how they finally managed to gain approval for their project.

Their artwork did create a new meaning for the park, because it showed the myriad uses for this incredible outdoor space. The park was created as an artistic endeavor, and Christo's work showed it can be a spectacular backdrop to equally spectacular artistic endeavors. Using bold colors and the bleak landscape (in winter) as a backdrop, the artists created gates that literally helped invite people into the park to explore its natural wonders. Billowing in the breeze, the nylon panels seemed to become one with the park, enticing people further and evolving into a grand entrance and promenade throughout the park. On a dark winter day, the banners were filled with light and hope, giving a new meaning to the park and what it can be used for. Many New Yorkers see the park as a natural wonder that should not include man-made items like Christo's artistic vision, but these mammoth artworks seem to fit in perfectly with the scale and scope of the park. If the park is to be truly democratic, and Olmstead and Vaux envisioned, it should be open to almost all uses (unless they are openly destructive and negative), because it is the people's park, and it is a naturally evolving and changing landscape.

It seems, because of Olmstead's and Vaux' vision of the park as an artistic creation, they would have been very pleased with "The Gates," and probably would have fought to have it erected many years before 2005. These men were forward thinkers who created the first urban oasis in America, and their vision and foresight would certainly carry them to look at this use of the park as perfectly fitting. The park has evolved through the centuries, just as Olmstead and Vaux believed it would. One of the reservoirs became the Great Lawn, and many other changes have taken place, largely due to the vision and implementation of the designers' plans. They knew plants and trees would grow, vistas would change, and the park would never be the same as it was when they built it. It seems that if they truly loved the park (and they did), they would welcome change, and welcome anything that brought new vitality to the park. Christo's and Jean-Claude's artwork did just this, so how could Olmstead and Vaux not approve?

In conclusion, New York's Central Park began as an extraordinary vision of an urban landscape in a bustling city, a place where city dwellers could escape the stresses of city life, if even for a few moments. Today, the park has achieved that goal and much more. It is a rich and revered city treasure hailed around the world as a monument to landscape architecture and park planning. It is known the world over, and has been used as a backdrop for numerous films and television shows. Although the park will continue to evolve in the future, one thing is certain. Central Park is a park for the people, and it should remain open and accessible to all the people who want to enjoy it, embellish it, and make sure it endures for centuries to come.


Bernstein, Joshua. "The Park and the People." Gotham Gazette. 2004. 20 Feb. 2008.

Bloomberg, Michael. "Letter from Michael R. Bloomberg." 2005. 20 Feb. 2008.

Editors. "150+ Years of Central Park History." 2008. 20 Feb. 2008.

Kowsky, Francis R. Country, Park & City: The Architecture and Life of Calvert Vaux. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Rosenzweig, Roy and Blackman, Elizabeth. The Park and the People: A History of Central Park. New York: Cornell Paperbacks, 1998.

Taylor, Dorceta E. "Central Park as a Model for Social Control: Urban Parks, Social Class and Leisure Behavior in Nineteenth-Century America." Journal…[continue]

Cite This Term Paper:

"New York's Central Park And" (2008, February 20) Retrieved December 7, 2016, from

"New York's Central Park And" 20 February 2008. Web.7 December. 2016. <>

"New York's Central Park And", 20 February 2008, Accessed.7 December. 2016,

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • Central Park New York and Mohawk Park

    Central Park (New York) and Mohawk Park (Tulsa, Oklahoma) Municipal parks have a long history, and the importance of these invaluable green and open spaces to the people who live around them cannot be overstated. Perhaps the best-known pubic park in the United States is New York City's Central Park that provides the city's citizenry with an enormous green space in the middle of a concrete jungle. Although lesser known,

  • New York Real Estate and Office Markets

    New York Real Estate and Office Markets NEW YORK CITY OFFICE MARKET New York is one of the premiere metropolitan areas of the world, exerting a significant impact on global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. The home of the United Nations Headquarters, New York City is an important center for international affairs and is widely deemed the cultural capital of the world. With its unmatched scope of

  • Children s Literature and Sexism

    children's stories can also express complex feelings meant to instruct young individuals regarding attitudes that they need to employ in order to integrate society as healthy persons. In addition to providing their readers with intriguing events, writers also focus on introducing social issues with the purpose of having their readers acknowledge the fact that society has a tendency to discriminate particular individuals or groups. While Robert Munsch's "The Paper

  • Challenges of Opening NYC Restaurant

    NYC African Restaurants African Restaurants African Restaurants in NYC The restaurant's soft industrial lighting makes the chrome gleam. A soft and expansive backdrop of blue gives the space a cool and slightly futuristic industrial like a hip loft in the future. Exposed brick walls are tinged in a blue sheen and the distressed wood chairs and tables have been stained steel gray and have marble table tops. In three weeks, Cisse Elhadji, the

  • Amusement Parks in the American 1890 s

    American Amusement Parks in the 1890s Amusement Parks in America in the 1890s In the years just before the dawn of the 20th Century, America was going through dramatic cultural, social, political and economic changes. The Industrial Revolution was reshaping the way Americans worked and played; an emerging "mass culture" was creating a "cultural upheaval" - as mentioned in the John F. Kasson book, Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn

  • New York

    New York City: An Examination of Urban Design and Space Function as it Relates to Civic Participation The objective of this study is to examine urban design and space function as it relates to civic participation in New York City. Kevin Lynch conducted systematic and scientific-based research on urban design in his exploration of the elements of urban design. Lynch stated that every individual "has had a long association with some

  • NYC After WWII and California

    NYC and California post-WW2 Let us imagine what it would be like to immigrate to the United States in 1953. We are coming across the Atlantic from Europe, the ship would still be coming around the lower end of Long Island (better known as "Brooklyn") and Manhattan Island to arrive at Ellis Island. (Until 1954, Ellis Island was the standard arrival point for incoming immigrants.) If we were extremely far-sighted we could

Read Full Term Paper
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved