After The Rain
In 1853 when the City of New York used the power of eminent domain to obtain the 843 acres that would become Central Park, it was a far away place between New York City and Harlem. Converting the swamp land into the park took more than fifteen years, 20,000 workers, hundreds of thousands of planted trees, and three million cubic yards of dirt.
More gunpowder was used to blast away the rocky outcrops than was used at the Battle of Gettysburg.
There are 8,968 benches, 36 pedestrian bridges, 29 sculptures, and 1 zoo in Central Park.