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Central Park's Oldest Architecture

February 12, 2018

Curbed takes a tour of Central Park's notable architecture, starting south on the Lake.

Don't miss this video tour posted by Curbed, one of our favorite publications!

Perhaps the most stunning architectural marvel in the park, the Bethesda Terrace Arcade sits behind Stebbins’ Angel and features 15,000 multicolored Minton Tiles. These same tiles line the floor of the U.S. Capitol, yet the Arcade is the only known example in the world where Minton Tiles cover a ceiling.

https://ny.curbed.com/2018/2/6/16954970/central-park-architecture-bethesda-terrace-history

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Max, Rocky, Charlie & Buddy: The Dogs of New York!

February 11, 2018

Excellent article in the New York Times about the evolution and preference of dog breeds across NYC's different neighborhoods.

The article examines the dog ownership trends as they relate to the real estate of New York City.

As housing prices rise in an area, dog breeds tend to skew smaller and more expensive. But certain breeds maintain their dominance, like the pit bull in certain parts of Brooklyn and the Rottweiler in the Bronx.

And Central Park is certainly one fo the most popular and dog-friendly areas of the city, but the trends are changing as new developments tout their pet-friendly attitudes and the popularity of other parks increase.

Darshan Patel, 29, and his wife, Chandni, 28, live with their 2-year-old miniature poodle, Miles, at 555TEN, a new 600-unit luxury rental tower in Hudson Yards, on the Far West Side of Midtown. Mr. Patel, who owns the pharmacy Manhattan Apothecary, said they moved from New Jersey to rent a one-bedroom apartment in the 56-story tower, where studios were going for $4,050 a month

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/08/realestate/dogs-of-new-york.html

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The Cheapest Rentals near Central Park

February 5, 2018

An interesting look at the low end of the real estate scene near Central Park.

While many of us clamor to see apartments that we can't afford, it's certainly interesting to see looks like these, at the lower end of the market.

According to rental site Zumper, median rents for a 1-bedroom near Central Park are hovering around $3,800 (compared to a $2,895 average for New York City). So how does the low-end pricing on a Central Park rental look these days--and what might you get for the price?

The article exclusively looks at what one can expect when looking for a 1 Bedroom apartment near the park.

http://abc7ny.com/realestate/whats-the-cheapest-rental-available-near-central-park-right-now/3019779/

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70 Years of Sheep Meadow, the Humble Beginning of Central Park

February 4, 2018

Business Insider features a great article about the time before the Central Park we all know and love.

The entire 70-year history of Sheep Meadow is profiled in the article below:

Dubbed Sheep Meadow, the reserve hosted around 200 pedigree Southdown sheep for 70 years. Visitors would watch the flock of sheep while they grazed. The idea was to help Sheep Meadow further the mission of Central Park, envisioned by its architects as a refuge from the stresses of urban living.

http://www.businessinsider.com/manhattan-new-york-city-central-park-sheep-meadow-2018-1

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Strava’s NYC Central Park Activity Heat Map

February 1, 2018

See the most popular running and biking routes in Central Park, New York City and around the globe.

Strava makers of the popular activity tracking fitness app, have published a global “Heat Map” which shows the most popular Running and Biking routes around the world, and as expected, Central Park has some of New York’s most popular!

Beyond simply including more data, a total rewrite of the heatmap code permitted major improvements in rendering quality. Highlights include twice the resolution, rasterizing activity data as paths instead of as points, and an improved normalization technique that ensures a richer and more beautiful visualization.

https://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#12.00/-73.97541/40.77270/hot/all

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