Belvedere 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.
Belvedere Castle now
Aerial view then
Aerial view now
Charles A .Dana Discovery Center then
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center now (albeit different season)
East Meadow then
East Meadow now
Read on for the Top 10 Secrets of Central Park.