Central Park Trees and Landscapes

A Guide to New York City's Masterpiece

Central Park Trees and Landscapes

The splendor of New York’s most famous green space comes alive in this essential companion for nature lovers and travelers to New York. In more than 900 color images, a leading nature writer and a long-time Central Park naturalist detail the park’s tree species and their place in the park’s iconic landscapes. They show how to identify trees by their needles and leaves as well as by their flowers, fruits, and bark. Historical maps illustrate Manhattan’s changing vegetation and depict the various stages of the park’s construction. Beautiful photographs of the park’s most outstanding trees and landscapes accompanied by historical vignettes conjure the people and events that brought the trees to the park and helped create this urban oasis. More than a botanical guide, this book cultivates an appreciation of the park as both a natural triumph and an embodiment of the city’s varied spirit.

Philadelphia Trees

A Field Guide to the City and the Surrounding Delaware Valley

Philadelphia Trees

Philadelphia Trees is a pocket-sized resource for identifying the native trees, commonly encountered exotics, and popular ornamentals of the Philadelphia metropolitan area and adjacent counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Using this field guide, nature lovers will be able to identify the fantastic trees that this region has to offer.

Park Maker

A Life of Frederick Law Olmsted

Park Maker

"This account of his prodigious life features many of his outstanding landscape projects, including the Biltmore Estate, Prospect Park (Brooklyn), the capitol grounds in Washington, DC, the Boston Park System, the Chicago parks and the Chicago World Fair, as well as measures to preserve the natural settings at Niagara Falls, Yosemite, and the Adirondacks. It traces his early years and describes events that were to form his artistic, intellectual, and deeply humanistic sensibilities. And it restores this lost American hero to his prominent place in history. In addition to being the acknowledged father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted helped shape the political and philosophical climate of America in his own time and today."--BOOK JACKET.

New York City's Central Park

New York City's Central Park

New York City's Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with more than 25 million visitors each year. Designed in 1857 by the man who would become America's most famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and his partner, Calvert Vaux, Central Park was intended to provide New Yorkers with a serene and scenic "rural" refuge from the noise and bustle of city life. Yet transforming the rocky, swampy park site into the rolling meadows, lush woodlands, and pristine lakes would prove an extremely time-consuming and labor-intensive endeavor. Thousands of workers drained marshes, blasted away boulders, and planted a quarter billion trees, flowers, and shrubs to create the 843-acre green oasis in the heart of Manhattan as envisioned by Olmsted and Vaux.

Gardens and Landscapes in Historic Building Conservation

Gardens and Landscapes in Historic Building Conservation

This comprehensive guide on historic garden and landscapeconservation will help landscape professionals familiarisethemselves with what the conservation of historic gardens, gardenstructures and designed landscapes encompasses. The aim of the series is to introduce each aspect ofconservation and to provide concise, basic and up-to-date knowledgewithin five volumes, sufficient for the professional to appreciatethe subject better and to know where to seek further help. Gardens & Landscapes in Historic BuildingConservation is an essential guide for everyone with aninterest in the conservation of historic gardens and designedlandscapes worldwide. The latest assessment of the origins, scopeand impact of gardens and designed landscapes is vitalreading. Covering history and theory, survey and assessment,conservation and management and the legislative framework the bookconsiders all aspects of garden and landscape conservation andrelated issues. It explores the challenge of conserving theseimportant sites and surviving physical remains and a conservationmovement which must understand, protect and interpret thoseremains. This book demonstrates how the discipline of the history andconservation of gardens and landscapes has matured in recentdecades, recognising the increased participation of professionalcontract and curatorial managers in the management of these sitesand in conserving and interpreting landscapes. Drawing on a wide range of sources, combining academic andprofessional perspectives, the book provides information and advicerelevant to all involved in trying to preserve one ofEngland’s greatest cultural contributions and legacy forfuture generations to enjoy. With chapters by all the leadingplayers in the field and illustrated by copious examples this givesessential guidance to the management and conservation of historicgardens and designed landscapes.

Central Park

An Anthology

Central Park

Central Park is perhaps the most well-trod and familiar green space in the county. It is both a refuge from the city and Manhattan's very heart; a respite from the urban grind and a hive of activity all its own. 843 carefully planned acres allow some 37 million visitors each year to come and get lost in a sense of nature. Unsurprisingly, the park also inspires a wealth of great writing, and here Andrew Blauner collects some of the finest fiction and nonfiction-- 20 pieces in all, with classics sprinkled among 13 new ones commissioned from great New York writers. Bill Buford spends a wild night in the park; Jonathan Safran Foer envisions it as a tiny, transplanted piece of a mythical Sixth Borough; and Marie Winn answers definitively Holden Caulfield's question of where the ducks go when the park's ponds freeze over. There are bird sightings and fish sightings; Jackie Kennedy and James Brown sightings; and pieces by Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster, and Francine Prose. This vibrant collection presents Central Park, in all its many-faceted glory, a 51-block swath of special magic.

The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940

The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940

Page investigates these cultural counter weights through case studies of Manhattan's development, with depictions ranging from private real estate development along Fifth Avenue to Jacob Riis's slum clearance efforts on the Lower East Side, from the elimination of street trees to the efforts to save City Hall from demolition.

The Complete Illustrated Map and Guidebook to Central Park

The Complete Illustrated Map and Guidebook to Central Park

Central Park: it’s New York City’s urban paradise, and this colorful guidebook documents every stunning inch of it. A detailed map covers all 843 acres, with icons pointing out the best photo sites, most important monuments and statues, locations of restaurants and public services, and many other features. The highlighted attractions include Belvedere Castle, the Wildlife Center & Zoo, and great bird watching spots, while a handy sports section offers comprehensive information on jogging, tennis, biking, and rowing. Plus, you’ll find leads on six walking tours, a seasonal flowering guide to the park’s plants and trees, and ideas for fun kids’ activities. With over 100 full-color photographs, including a full illustrated history of the park, this outstanding volume is packed with fascinating facts about New York’s popular garden spot.

Central Park

Central Park

Learn about the history of Central Park in New York with iMinds Travel's insightful fast knowledge series. Central Park is a haven for New Yorkers and a tourist's paradise. Nestled among some of the tallest buildings in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, Central Park stretches out, taking up 840 acres of prime real estate. It is first and foremost an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Some may think the city was built around the park, but it is entirely man-made, a tribute to modern architecture and landscaping. And it might not exist today had the people of New York not fought for it for more than 150 years. As early as 1844, there were calls by the poet William Cullen Bryant and other prominent New York residents for a public park in the marshy hinterland just north of the city proper. Bryant and pre-eminent architect and landscape designer Andrew Jackson Downing led the push for land to be put aside before it was entirely swallowed by buildings. With public support they managed to get politicians on both sides to agree to the idea. In 1856 the city bought most of the land the park now sits on for 5 million dollars. That's about one hundred million dollars in today's money! At the time, the land was mostly vacant scrubland and rocky outcrops. It was also used as a garbage dump. When the city acquired the land, surveyors and police were sent in to clear the area; and this often meant ejecting squatters and their goats or pigs! iMinds will tell you the story behind the place with its innovative travel series, transporting the armchair traveller or getting you in the mood for discover on route to your destination. iMinds brings targeted knowledge to your eReading device with short information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.

Urban Forests and Trees

A Reference Book

Urban Forests and Trees

This multidisciplinary book covers all aspects of planning, designing, establishing and managing forests and trees and forests in and near urban areas, with chapters by experts in forestry, horticulture, landscape ecology, landscape architecture and even plant pathology. Beginning with historical and conceptual basics, the coverage includes policy, design, implementation and management of forestry for urban populations.