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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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