Exploring Central Park (02:36)
Central Park receives forty-two million visitors annually and employs three hundred and seventy-five staff members who keep every aspect of the park functioning. Gary Gentilucci and his team handle the job of maintaining the turf of the park; the park is divided into forty-nine separate zones each run by a manager.
Planning Manhattan (04:11)
Central Park was not part of the original grid system, referred to as the Commissioner's Plan, but this proposal flawed since it had no open spaces. When the idea of a park was purposed, journalist Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Calvert Vaux won the bid to build.
Park Events (02:09)
Jamie Warren heads up the logistical challenge of handling all of the park's three thousand annual events ranging from birthday parties to the New York Marathon. Warren states what she worries the most about are daily weather conditions.
Waste Management (02:24)
Nick Marotta does his daily rounds of the park as one of twenty people in charge of changing the trash bags; the 250,000 daily park visitors produce eleven tons of garbage. Marotta describes the logistics of removing all of the rubbish from the park.
Manhattan Real Estate (05:03)
Some of the world's most expensive real estate surrounds New York’s Central Park, and the average sale price of a Manhattan apartment is over two million dollars. Paula Del Nunzio is a high-end estate agent who specializes in luxury townhomes, primarily for hedge fund managers who are exceedingly demanding.
Revitalization of the Park (03:01)
In the 1970s, Central Park was a very unsafe, crime-filled zone, and in 1974 more than 700 murders were committed in the park; President of the Central Park Conservancy, Douglas Blonsky, describes the disarray of the park and the Belvedere Castle. Citizen groups were formed, such as the Central Park Community Fund and the Central Park Task Force to try and save the park.
Park's Mounted Police (03:06)
Thanks to the efforts of private citizens, donors, and law enforcement, Central Park is now one of the safest places in New York City; the park now has its own group of mounted police which functions as first responders and crime prevention. Sergeant Desiree Fasilare is in charge of the mounted forces within the park.
Maintaining the Monuments (03:59)
Annually, Marie Ward heads up a project which maintains the parks fifty-six monuments in order to preserve them; the parks famous Alice in Wonderland statues were donated by philanthropist George Delacorte as a memorial to his wife. The Green Team is a group of volunteers who help care for the park’s landscaping.
Hudson Yards Development (05:41)
Historically, space issues within the city were solved by building taller buildings, but now a new solution was discovered by Jay Cross the mastermind behind the new Hudson Yards development. This is the largest, private real estate development in the US, and sits atop a train terminal; engineer Jeff Butler gives the team a tour of one of the properties recently completed complexes.
Gentrification has been a problem in the city for many years but is beginning to take place in the neighborhood of Harlem, slowly pushing out long-term residents of the area. Mayor Bloomberg made political decisions which lead to gentrified, hipster Brooklyn several years earlier.
Parks and Public Health (03:00)
Mitchell Silver is the commissioner for all 1,700 of New York's parks, and he believes parks are vital when maintaining public health, both mentally and physically. The funding for the public parks is divided in terms of equity, but the Parks Department’s goal is to make parks accessible in all areas.
Future of New York City (04:50)
New York’s problems included a growing and aging population, an increasing wage gap, unreasonable rent, a crumbling transportation infrastructure, and forty-five percent of New Yorkers are currently living in or near poverty. Mayor De Blasio's blueprint for change in the city promises to lift 800,000 people out of poverty, but urban planner Ron Shiffman is worried the plan could have a negative impact on the character of the city.
Credits: America's Busiest City (00:34)
Credits: America's Busiest City
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