The mansion condemned for Henry Hudson Parkway, courtesy NYC Parks Department
Can you imagine your favorite Bronx park as a landfill? How about as a jail? The city's Parks Department has put these images to life with "Before They Were Parks," an exhibition on the history of NYC parks and their journey to becoming green.
The exhibition features 19 vintage and contemporary photographs of Bronx locations, including properties condemned for the Henry Hudson Parkway and the historic burial plot of the Van Cortlandt family, and over 100 images total of all the boroughs from the New York City Parks Photo Archive and other collections.
“'Before They Were Parks' tells the untold stories behind many of New York City’s green spaces through photography, artifacts and memorabilia,” Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said in a statement announcing the collection. “The exhibit...invites viewers to take another look at their favorite neighborhood parks and strengthen their appreciation for the city’s leafy oases.”
The public is welcome to witness the tale of their the city's parks weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery through Sept. 9. The Arsenal Gallery, which dedicates itself to examining themes of nature, urban space and wildlife, is located on the 3rd Floor of the Arsenal at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue in Central Park. Admission is free.