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Cactus Couple
Located on the south roof deck of the Parks administrative headquarters in Central Park, this lovely garden sculpture by Thea ...

Canal Park
This park was among the city’s first public spaces, officially recognized since 1686.  At that time, it took its na...

Carl Schurz Monument
Carl Schurz (1829-1906) was born in Liblar, Prussia (near what is now Cologne, Germany). In 1848, while a doctoral candidate a...

Carl Schurz Park
Carl Schurz Park, named by the Board of Aldermen in 1910 for the soldier, statesman, and journalist Carl Schurz (1829-19...

Carmansville Playground
In the July 1868 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, a poet named Charles Dawson Shanly (1811-1875) wrote an article about travelin...

Carmine Street Mural
This mural was painted in August 1987 by famed graffiti artist Keith Haring (1958–1990) on the wall that adjoins the Car...

Carrère Memorial
This commemorative terrace and balustrade, part of the staircase inserted at 97th Street into the 19th-century, rustic perime...

Catbird Playground
The fanciful inlaid granite illustration of a seated cat adorned with wings alludes to the playground’s name, “Cat...

Catherine Mall
This parkland is named for Catherine Rutgers (1711–1779), wife of Hendrick Rutgers (b. 1712) and mother of Henry Rutgers...

Central Park Wildlife Conservation Center
Central Park’s zoo was almost not meant to be.  The park’s designers, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) an...

Charles Stover Bench
The Charles Stover Memorial Bench stands amidst the floral splendor of Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden, at about 80th...

Charlton Plaza
Charlton Plaza is bounded by the Avenue of the Americas, King Street, and Charlton Street. The plaza is named in honor of Dr....

Chelsea Doughboy Statue
This monument consists of a 14-foot-tall granite stele on which a bronze “doughboy” soldier is displayed. He holds...

Chelsea Waterside Park
Located at West 23rd Street and the West Side Highway, this park has undergone several transformations since its first portion...

Cherry Clinton Playground
The land now occupied by Cherry Clinton Playground was owned by the Board of Education through the first few dec...

Cherry Tree Playground
In 1997, Parks renamed the George Washington Houses Playground of East Harlem Cherry Tree Playground. The park’s new na...

Cherry Walk
Cherry Walk is part of Riverside Walk, a continuous four-mile-long path along the Hudson River from 72nd to 158th Street. Nam...

Chester Alan Arthur Statue
Dedicated on June 13, 1899, this monumental bronze portrait of Chester Alan Arthur (1830-1886), the 21st United States Preside...

Christopher Columbus Statue
In 1473, Christopher Columbus (1451–1506) embarked on his first maritime voyage from his home near Genoa, Italy headed f...

Christopher Park
The land that is now Christopher Park was developed from 1633 to 1638 as a tobacco farm by Wouter Van Twiller, Director-Gener...

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