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Central Park Before-1980s-Central Park Conservancy-NYCBelvedere Castle then

Yesterday, Gothamist had a great photo series on what Central Park looked like in the 1980s (tough times) versus now. For those who have never seen anything but a glorious Central Park, the images may come as a shocker. The Central Park Conservancy was formed in 1980 and is currently celebrating its 35th Anniversary. The first thing they did back in the 80s? President Doug Blonsky tells Gothamist, “re-sodding the Sheep Meadow, restoring the Dairy, planting American Elms, getting rid of graffiti, and fixing broken benches.”

Other things done since then–replacing the lampposts and restoring Bethesda Terrace. They do the projects in partnership with New York City but are responsible for raising 75% of the park’s annual budget. Here are some of the highlights of the photo series but you can see more on Gothamist.

Central Park Before-1980s-Central Park Conservancy-NYC-2Belvedere Castle now

Central Park Before-1980s-Central Park Conservancy-NYC-3Aerial view then

Central Park Before-1980s-Central Park Conservancy-NYC-4Aerial view now

Central Park Before-1980s-Central Park Conservancy-NYC-5Charles A .Dana Discovery Center then

Central Park Before-1980s-Central Park Conservancy-NYC-6Charles A. Dana Discovery Center now (albeit different season)

Central Park Before-1980s-Central Park Conservancy-NYC-7East Meadow then

Central Park Before-1980s-Central Park Conservancy-NYC-8East Meadow now

Read on for the Top 10 Secrets of Central Park.

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