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Amazingly detailed map of Central ParkJan 27 2011

This illustrated map of Central Park individually depicts, labels, and categories by species every single significant tree in the park. All 19,630 of them.

Central Park Entire, The Definitive Illustrated Map is the most detailed map of any urban park in the world. I spent over two years creating it, walking more than 500 miles as I documented over 170 different kinds of trees and shrubs. Central Park contains over 58 miles of paved paths and many more miles of obscure woodland trails. I hiked along every one of them multiple times in order to identify and pinpoint each major tree. There are 19,630 trees drawn and placed in position on this map. There are no filler trees, no fluff. Every tree symbol represents a real tree in the Park, and you can identify its genus or species with the accompanying tree legend.

If you've got a subscription to the New Yorker, you can read about the map in this week's issue. (thx, @bamstutz)

Out with Central Park, in with an airportJul 21 2009

This is amazing (or an elaborate joke)...a group of crackpots called The Manhattan Airport Foundation want to replace "underutilized" Central Park with an international airport.

Central Park Airport

Public dollars helped create Central Park in the 1850s. And public responsibility dictates that we transform this underutilized asset into something we so desperately need today. Manhattan Airport will prove New York City no longer allows it's vestigial prewar cityscape to languish in irrelevance but instead reinvents these spaces with a daring and inspired bravado truly befitting one of the world's great cities. The moment is now.

And about those special Central Park landmarks?

Under the current plan the Imagine mosaic and Strawberry Fields will be preserved however they will be located indoors within the main terminal concourse. Tavern on the Green will be given the option of applying for a franchisee lease in the concourse food court.

Update: Perhaps this is from the same people who brought you the Golden Gate Tunnel. (thx, kevin)

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