+++++ And this is what Thomas Kinkade said about this work +++++
"One brisk January evening, Nanette and I were enjoying a romantic ride in a
hansom cab through New York's Central Park. As we rounded a brightly lit
bend, the cabby stopped and announced, "There she is, Wollman Rink." The next
day I returned to the newly restored ice rink and was delighted with the
bustle and noise of dozens of skaters dipping and gliding on the ice. A light
snow all but obscured the silhouette of the famous Plaza Hotel. I decided to
paint a nostalgic view of this winter scene."
Central Park, NY, NY
~~~New York's Central Park was originally conceived in the salons of wealthy
New Yorkers in the early 1850's where the wealthy could parade in their
carriages, socialize, and "be seen," and in which the poor could benefit from
clean air and uplifting recreation.
~~~After years of debate over the location, the park's construction finally
began in 1857, based on the winner of a park design contest,
~~~Using the power of eminent domain, the city acquired 840 acres located in
the center of Manhattan, spanning two and a half miles from 59th Street to
106th Street (in 1863 the park was extended north to 110th Street) and half a
mile from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue. In the process, a population of
about 1,600 people were relocated and compensated with an average of $700 per
lot of land.
Building Central Park
~~~Thousands of Irish, German, and New England-area laborers toiled ten-hour
days under the direction of architect-in-chief and head foreman Olmsted for
between a dollar and a dollar fifty per day. In the winter of 1858, the
park's first area was opened to the public; December of that same year saw
New Yorkers skating on the twenty-acre lake south of the Ramble. Today it is
the best known Park in the world.
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