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9 Things You Won't See in Our Parks Today

From mowing the meadows with camels to swan boating in our lakes, take a look back at how different life was at our parks in the 18th,19th and 20th centuries.

1. Wright Brothers' flyers over City Hall

City Hall Park, 1913.

2. Sheep in Sheep Meadow

Sheep Meadow, Central Park, 1930. 

3. Camels in Sheep Meadow

Camel Mowing in Sheep Meadow, Central Park, 1869. 

4. Chalk-drawing contests at Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park, 1966. 

5. The Casino in Central Park

The Central Park Casino, 1935.

6. Ice skating races 

72nd Street Lake, Central Park, 1928. 

7. A swing house at Seward Park Playground

Seward Park Playground, 1934.

8. Lawn Tennis in Prospect Park

Long Meadow, Prospect Park, 1885.

9. Swan boats in Central Park

Gapstow Bridge at The Pond, Central Park, 1910.

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