Central Park Mall
Harvey Bradley Dodworth
2 November 2011
THE PARK.--The Park has become the favorite rendezvous for all New York, and may now fairly be said to prove an unrivalled attraction. On Saturdays music of the highest order is discoursed to thousands who throng the Mall and Terrace to listen to the concert, while every species of flower that will bloom in our climate fills the air with fragrance. The natural beauty of the Park is enhanced by the skilful architecture of the arches and bridges which abound there. The lakes, with the swans and gondolas riding upon their rippled surface, go to complete a most pleasing andd attractive ensemble--one worthy of our great city.
We would suggest that what is now known as 'The Central Park' should be called simply The Park--Central is by no means euphonious, and has no particular meaning in this instance. We have nothing worthy of the name save the Park. All other places in this city now known as parks are mere squares or commons. In Paris the Bois de Boulogne, being the favorite and most beautiful place of resort, is known throughout the city as 'The Bois,' although there are other such places in plenty in that bright, gay capital.
In London Hyde Park, being the fashionable rendezvous, is known as 'The Park,' although there are others in the city. We should by all means drop the word 'Central,' and call our beautiful and favorite resort 'The Park.' It is indeed the Park of the world."