Posts Tagged ‘New York City parks’

The horse-drawn carriages of Union Square

January 28, 2010

It looks like a placid spring or summer day in the postcard of turn-of-the-20th-century Union Square, with carriages waiting for passengers. 

It’s hard to tell, but could that be the George Washington statue way on the left that’s now in the center of the park?

I know it’s not Gandhi. Among other tip-offs, that statue didn’t arrive in the park until 1986.

Country-like Morningside Park

December 14, 2009

This circa-1900 postcard captures Morningside Park’s rugged beauty. It’s one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

That wild, gothic St. Luke’s Hospital building high on a bluff makes this look anything like New York today.

The Chinese Dragon of Bushwick

September 22, 2008

Maria Hernandez Park is a pretty, bustling six-acre spot in Bushwick named for a community activist who was shot to death in 1989. (Originally it was simply known as Bushwick Park, opened in 1896.)

Considering that the neighborhood went from predominantly German in the 19th century to Italian in the early 20th to Hispanic and African American today, it’s interesting that the park doors carry a Chinese dragon motif.