Garden Tours

Brooklyn Botanical Garden 1(718) 623-7200 Central Park Conservatory Gardens 1 (212) 360-2766 New York Botanical Garden 1(718) 817-8700    

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Why is New York called the Big Apple?

Why Is New York Called The Big Apple

Why is New York Called The Big Apple? John J. Fitzgerald, a horse-racing writer for The Morning Telegraph in the 1920s was the first to popularize the term “The Big Apple”. While on assignment in New Orleans, Fitzgerald overheard stablehands refer to New York City racecourses as “The Big Apple”. Fitzgerald loved the term so much that he named his racing column “Around the Big Apple”, and the title to the column became synonymous with the New York racing scene.

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Central Park

Central Park

 

History:

Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States. In 1853 the state legislature authorized the City of New York to use the power of eminent domain to acquire more than 700 acres of land in the center of Manhattan.

An irregular terrain of swamps and bluffs, punctuated by rocky outcroppings, made the land between Fifth and Eighth Avenues and 59th and 106th Streets undesirable for private development. The extension of the boundaries to 110th Street in 1863 brought the park to its current 843 acres.

In 1857, the Central Park Commission held the country’s first landscape design contest and selected the “Greensward Plan,” submitted by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The designers sought to create a pastoral landscape in the English romantic tradition. Open rolling meadows contrasted with the picturesque effects of the Ramble and the more formal dress grounds of the Mall (Promenade) and Bethesda Terrace.

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