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Inspired by the glamour of public parks in London and Paris, New York?s elite businessmen and landlords lobbied behind the creation of a landscaped park in Manhattan which gave birth to Central Park ? the first landscaped public park in the USA. The landscape design of the park was created by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after winning a commissioned competition. The Central Park is the one of the largest project undertaken in New York City in the 19th century involving 20,000 workers.

This vast landmark sits on an 843-acre land at the heart of Manhattan. Central Park plays host to a roster of leisure and recreation offerings that has defined New York?s way of life. Some of the activities that can be done in Central Park include bird watching, kayaking, horse-drawn carriage riding, skating and biking just to name a few. Central Park also houses the Central Park Zoo and the Central Park Carousel which is one of the oldest carousels in the United States.

Central Park was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1963.
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