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‘Central Park: The World’s Greatest Urban Green Space’ Webinar

July 22, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week!
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As New York City entered the mid-1800s with a population having quadrupled in only two decades, the public cry for green space was deafening — after all, the island’s largest park spanned only 10 measly acres. Fortunately, the city government jumped into action and hatched an audacious plan, even by today’s standards: instead of developing more pocket parks to complement a growing Manhattan, a single, great park was needed; not 10 acres, not 100, but closer to 1000. This is the incredible story of how one of the world’s greatest parks came to be, and the lives it changed — for better, and for worse.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the full story of New York’s beloved Central Park, from how the country’s first urban park was created to its rapid evolution over the centuries.

Led by NYC Tour Guide Gary Dennis, our virtual deep dive into the artistry, personalities, and controversy surrounding Central Park’s nearly 200-year history will include:

  • 19th-century New York’s desperate need for green space, and the people who forced the city government to do something about it
  • The origin story of Central Park, from the scouting process for its location, to the communities displaced by eminent domain, to why Fredrick Law Olmsted & Calvert Vaux’s “Greensward Plan” was chosen as the park’s winning design
  • Why Central Park opened with strict rules surrounding leisure & recreation, along with who it was originally meant for
  • How New Yorkers with exotic pets helped form the Central Park Zoo
  • The Central Park Conservancy, which brought the park back to its original glory after decades of neglect resulting from depressions and fiscal crises, to mismanagement and oversized egos

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Gary — any and all questions about Central Park are welcomed and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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About Gary

“I am a native New Yorker, NY subway aficionado, and product of an insanely competitive family of “know it alls”. My parents, younger brothers, and I all love New York City history, and to get some parental attention I had to be historically correct and entertaining at the same time.

“I love this city and all its peculiarities, and I love sharing it with newcomers, returning visitors or native New Yorkers— I’ll tell you these and other fascinating things you never knew about this amazing place I call home because ‘there are 8 million stories in the naked city’ and I will share with you as many as possible.”


“Very comprehensive information, presented in an organized way. Excellent visuals. Gary’s enthusiasm, as always, is infectious.” -David

“I liked Gary’s enthusiasm passion and knowledge. He rocks it as usual.” -Linda

“Very detailed. Photos highlighted comparisons of old and new buildings.” -Jerry

“I learned things about the Park that I did not know about. This is the third webinar with Gary and as usual I was not disappointed, particularly his knowledge, wit and enthusiasm.” -George

“Liked learning about history of development of park and description of various elements in park.” -Leslie

“I like how comprehensive the presentation was. It was organized in a way that was easy to visualize and follow.” -Lisa

“Learned new information. Saw what WAS there and what is there now.” -Martie

“Lots of new facts. Covered a lot of ground.” -Paul

“He knew his stuff…fabulous! Interesting!” -Nancy

“I learned so much about Central Park. The photos were wonderful and the presentation was so informative.” -Barbara

“Huge amount of information delivered in an amazing nonstop presentation” -Barbara L.

“Gary was very animated and it is easy to see his passion for Central Park and NYC in general.” -Denise

“Gary provided so much information, most of which was new to me. Appreciated the time and emotion devoted to John Lennon.” -Jerri

“Gary’s humor and his encyclopedic knowledge of everything he shares on his webinars is uniquely presented” -Sharon

“A highly knowledgeable and entertaining lecturer, with superb photos and maps!” -Harold

“Detailed information, entertaining and totally amazing history.” -Michele

“The quality of information shared. Definitely worth my time.” -Mary

“It was filled with great information. I enjoyed the pictures. The history of the park is priceless.” -Alicia

“Gary presents in a very engaging and enjoyable way.” -Monte

“Very comprehensive and detailed description of park history.” -Robert

“Interesting content – learned a lot about the park.” -Clare

“Extremely informative, very knowledgeable and charming presenter, great visuals.” -Joy

“Enjoyed the interior photos and explanations.” -Barbara

“Accessible, packed with interesting historical and architectural information. Charming presentation.” -Peter

“I love this instructor. This was my second class with him and he’s awesome!!” -Eileen

“The host was funny and very very knowledgeable.” -Maxine

“The incredibly thorough info/history provided by the presenter.” -Carol

“I am new to NYC and learned so much about Central Park! I cannot wait till Spring time to start exploring it!” -Catherine

“A wealth of information.. Love that Gary ties in the history of the area before it was a park, and that it was much more interesting than just a “tourist’s view” or “sightseeing view” of the park.” -Pam

“Gary was excellent! I teach a class on NYC history and am always trying to fill in gaps with things I’m not as familiar with. Will go to more webinars.” -Michele

“Getting to see the amazing park that I had no idea was so large and diverse. Thanks for all the information.” -Debbie


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Categories: Virtual, Landmarks

Main Photo: Freddie Marriage