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The lake in Central Park, NY, NY
The lake in Central Park, New York City

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Frederick Law Olmsted Was Born
April 26, 1822

Olmsted and Calvert Vaux entered a design contest for a new park and won with a design patterned after gardens and natural sights that Olmsted had admired around the world. To create the new park, they shifted nearly 5 million cubic yards of dirt, blasted rock with 260 tons of gunpowder, and planted 270,000 trees and shrubs. In 1864, New Yorkers could stroll along wooded paths, paddle a boat around the lake, or people-watch from terraces. Today, many people cannot imagine New York City without its Central Park.
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