Central Park’s 843 acres makes it more than twice the size of the Principality of Monaco. It was the first landscaped public park in the United States. About 1600 residents of shantytowns in the area were displaced, including Irish pig farmers, and German gardeners. Seneca Village, a black settlement at 8th Ave and 82nd St that had three churches and a school, was also demolished. 20,000 workers blasted out ridges with more gunpowder than was used in the Battle of Gettysburg, removed nearly 3 million cubic yards of soil, and planted more than 270,000 trees and shrubs. 2003 marks the Park’s 150th Anniversary with a year-long celebration with something for everyone to enjoy. There will be art, music, sports, sandbox programs, dancing on the Plaza, a film festival, and fireworks.