A dilapidated farmhouse bedecked with exterior virtues from the same hands that influenced many of the city’s greatest parks might soon become available to the public.
Frederick Law Olmsted, famous for Central and Prospect parks, among so many others, once remade a Staten Island farm to fit his vision of urban pastoral, according to The Times. Perhaps that claim to fame alone is enough to yield renovations from the city. But then again, probably not.
We didn’t get to go into the history of the relationship between parks and real estate in today’s Observer article on Hudson River Park, but Frederick Law Olmsted used it more than 100 years ago to justify the expense of building Central Park. Olmsted submitted calculations to the Board of Commissioners of Central Park Read More
For the past several years, my mother and her friends have invited me to the annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon held by the Central Park Conservancy, where the crème de la crème of New York society turns out in full bloom to match that of the glorious park gardens. Usually I borrow a hat Read More
A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century , by Witold Rybczynski. Scribner, 480 pages, $28.
Plagued by political infighting and haphazard design, the chronically delayed Hudson River Park is a reminder that a great park requires more than a strip of open land. Frederick Law Olmsted, the 19th-century Read More