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12 Central Park

Central Park

Central Park
Central Park here occupies a huge 853-acre area right in the center of Manhattan. It has quite a naturalistic look to it but, actually, it's all man-made except for these rocks here. These were scoured clean during the last Ice Age when there were glaciers covering Manhattan. The park itself opened between 1857 and 1873. Today, it's the world's most visited park and the second most visited attraction in all of America. Only Times Square, down the road, pulls in more punters. I have to say, I'll take Central Park any day of the week. Here in Sheep Meadow today, we can find a lot of picnickers, people playing Frisbee, generally having a nice day out in the park. But the meadow itself is named after its original inhabitants, sheep. There used to be 200 southern sheep that called this home. So what happened to them all? Well, if you're a vegetarian like me, it's a bit of grizzly story. In the 1920s and 30s, during the Great Depression, a lot of people lost their homes and were forced to take up residence right here in Central Park. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Many of those people started catching and eating the poor sheep. Well, the survivors, for their own safety, were moved to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. And, eventually, those sheep were put in the Catskill Hills in the real nature.
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