Central Park Mall
Harvey Bradley Dodworth
3 July 2020
“Towards the close of the summer season the attendance of visitors at the Park seems rather to increase than diminish. The few glorious days of clear blue sky and warm sunlight, tempered by cool, vigorous breezes, remaining to us in the fading of summer are fully and gladly availed of by everybody with the least possible leisure time on hand.
Yesterday in the early afternoon the walks and drives of the Park were peopled from end to end by what should seem as happy a multitude as ever got together. The dresses of the women were brilliant… [Goes on to describe carriages and people.]
The drive in the Park was crowded to excess yesterday. The Mall was thronged with promenaders, and the neighborhood of the music stand where Dodworth’s band [sic] filled the air with the inspirations of Meyerbeer and Auber was one grand mass of decorous and delighted humanity. The gondolas and barges on the lake were occupied throughout the day, and in every nook and shady bypath the pictures of rustic amours amid rural scenery, which Claude Meinotte of all men knew so well how to draw, were reproduced in endless variety.”