The little known Conservatory Garden in Central Park is a New York City treasure, a quiet place too few enjoy. Let’s take a look.
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By David Stone
In space originally planned as an arboretum in the northeast section of Central Park, the Conservatory Garden welcomes visitors in all four seasons.
Builders in the 19th Century ran out of cash, and a greenhouse filled the area instead. That lasted until 1935 when Parks Commissioner Robert Moses had it torn down.
But in 1937, the Conservatory Garden finally opened, built by WPA workers and funded by Washington in the New Deal.
Conservatory Garden, Central Park, New York City
Typical of New York City, then, the Garden fell into ruin by the mid 1970s, but the city always gets rebirth. By 1987, it reopened as the gem it is today.
A fountain, terraces and Wisteria Pergola…
A broad lawn leads from Fifth Avenue to the Wisteria Pergola, gracefully turned above terraces and a 12-foot fountain.
Conclusion: Conservatory Garden, Central Parks Place for Peace
President Trump and conservatives describe New York City as a crime ridden hellscape, but anyone living here knows that’s nonsense.
And the Conservatory Garden in the northeast corner of Central Park, next to the Harlem Meer, proves it best.
An active city makes way for solitude and community where cultures merge, but most visitors miss it.
This is a gem changing through all four seasons but always welcoming, a legacy wrangling politicians neither appreciate nor erase.
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