Central Park, New York City, New York

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Central Park is a large, sprawling, architecturally landscaped urban park located in the center of Manhattan in New York City, New York. The idea for the park began in the 1840’s as New York City became more and more urbanized. Two men, William Cullen Bryant and Andrew Jackson Downing, called for a park to be built to give the people of the city a green place. The New York state legislature set aside around five million dollars to create the park. Central Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and encompasses 840 acres. The park opened in 1876 and now is the most visited urban park in the world.

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