Central Park might be the most famous and best loved example of pastoral landscape architecture in the United States, but for Upper East Siders, it’s also a brilliant backyard. If you’ve ever wondered how the extraordinary emerald oasis became a reality, join Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts for an illustrated book talk with art historian and New York City Municipal Archives conservator Cynthia Brenwall Drawing on hundreds of previously-unpublished designs, notes, maps and materials from the NYC Municipal Archives, Ms. Brenwall’s new book, The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure, offers a more complete understanding of the development and early history of Central Park than ever before. In this illustrated lecture, Brenwall will give us a lush look at the park’s creation, and show off early examples of Olmsted and Vaux’s extraordinary vision. If you are an Untapped New York Insider, you can attend this event for free! Not a member yet? Become an Insider today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!

DATE: Thursday, November 7th, 2019, 6:00PM-7:30PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped New York Insiders! ($25 for the general public)

CAPACITY: 8 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

LOCATION: Upper East Side, Manhattan. 10 minute walk from N,R,W

REGISTRATION: Opens Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at 12PM EST
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