Time and Place: Thoughts for the New Year

January 7, 2015

In front of the Columbus Avenue side entrance to the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Planetarium in New York City there is a sculpture by the architect Santiago Calatrava called the Times Capsule. (The plural “Times” rather than “time capsule” is used because it was commissioned by the New...

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The Creation of Cental Park Conservancy

June 18, 2014

Today the Belvedere, the charming castle perched on Vista Rock in the center of the park, looks like this. It is only one of many projects that testify to the rebirth of Central Park. For those who lived in New York City in the 1970s, the transformation of Central Park...

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Construction Bulletin: The High Line

January 6, 2014

As Section 1 and Section 2 of the High Line continue to attract throngs of visitors—five million during the past year—Section 3 is under construction. This is the stretch where the High Line no longer runs parallel to Tenth Avenue but turns west to follow the southern perimeter of Hudson...

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Top Ten Garden Books of 2013: Writing the Garden

December 2, 2013

Now in its second printing, this engaging book is a perfect gift for for someone who wants to garden vicariously on a winter day while sitting beside a cozy fire. According to The Garden Interior editor David Jensen, “No less an authority that the mighty Cicero opined: ‘If you have...

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A Year-End Appeal

November 11, 2013

You are aware of the activities of the Foundation for Landscape Studies from the information on our website. Nevertheless, I’d like to summarize them as they reflect our accomplishments during the past year and our continuing objectives for 2014: We publish Site/Lines, a biannual journal of essays and book reviews. We...

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Pillar of New York Award

November 5, 2013

On October 30 at a gala celebrating the $1.8 billion restoration of the 1952 United Nations complex and the $500 million rebuilding of Central Park by the Central Park Conservancy in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks I was honored to receive the Preservation League of New...

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Book Review by Keith Morgan

September 30, 2013

Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age by Judith K. Major For students of American landscape history, Judith K. Major has produced a nuanced and careful analysis of the landscape-gardening criticism of Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851–1934), set within the framework of that author’s fascinating...

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Two Cities, Two Parks: Saturday in Paris, Sunday in New York

September 5, 2013

Paris, Saturday, August 24, 2013. The best remedy I know for jet lag is a long walk. Needless to say, Paris is nonpareil for this kind of fresh-air cure. Today, after checking into our Left Bank hotel, we crossed the Pont Royale and found ourselves in the Tuileries, where we...

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Traveling Through the Netherlands and Belgium

September 2, 2013

 “I hope it doesn’t rain while we are traveling in my country,” said Dutch landscape historian Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, as we reviewed the itinerary for the Foundation for Landscape Studies’ May 2013 tour of the Netherlands and Belgium. But rain it did, practically every day of the trip. Surprisingly, however,...

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