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This Is How NYC Central Park Would Have Looked Based On A Rejected Design From 1858
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This Is How NYC Central Park Would Have Looked Based On A Rejected Design From 1858

Whether you’re an NYC local or you’ve just seen it on TV, Central Park is sure to have left an imprint on your imagination. It’s such a fixture on the world map of ‘places everybody has heard of’, that it’s difficult to picture it any other way than how the park is today.

But did you know that the design of the Central Park was chosen by competition over 150 years ago? Out of the 33 possible parks, only the one we know and the plans for one losing design still exist.

A team of designers wondered what could have been. So they tracked down the sole surviving ‘losing entry’ of the great 1858 Central Park design competition and recreated it using the power of digital imaging.

What do you think of the results? Would you like to take a wander in Central Park that never was?

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April Simnel
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a New Yorker, I have to say that I prefer Central Park as it is. I do like the English country estate-style gardens, too, but on an estate. The way Central Park is currently landscaped feels more like having a bit of nature in the middle of a big concrete city, especially in the northern part of the park. And I prefer Prospect Park in Brooklyn to Central Park if I compare the biggest parks in all of the 5 boroughs.

Csaba Hegedűs
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We could've done with some pictures about how Central Park looks like now to make a comparison. I know you can find it on the internet but it's still not common knowledge how it looks like now. Most people only know it is a park in New York. Beautiful design though, I like it better than how the park looks like today.

Sanne H.
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was missing a comparison too. Never been there (and probably never will be), so an additional picture would have been nice.

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Rebekah
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've spent lots of time in Central Park. And while this looks lovely, I'm glad it is what it currently is.

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April Simnel
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a New Yorker, I have to say that I prefer Central Park as it is. I do like the English country estate-style gardens, too, but on an estate. The way Central Park is currently landscaped feels more like having a bit of nature in the middle of a big concrete city, especially in the northern part of the park. And I prefer Prospect Park in Brooklyn to Central Park if I compare the biggest parks in all of the 5 boroughs.

Csaba Hegedűs
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We could've done with some pictures about how Central Park looks like now to make a comparison. I know you can find it on the internet but it's still not common knowledge how it looks like now. Most people only know it is a park in New York. Beautiful design though, I like it better than how the park looks like today.

Sanne H.
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was missing a comparison too. Never been there (and probably never will be), so an additional picture would have been nice.

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Rebekah
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've spent lots of time in Central Park. And while this looks lovely, I'm glad it is what it currently is.

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