Sheep-Meadow
By New York Natives Staff


SHEEP MEADOW

Meadow

Where is it? Central Park, West side/mid-Park from 66th to 69th Streets

What’s it done? Sheep Meadow, Central Park, was the largest open meadow feature in the original plan for Central Park, New York City, as it was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1858. Olmsted and Vaux believed that the introduction of sheep enhanced the romantic English quality of the park and to re-enforce the quiet nature of the “Greensward”, 200 sheep were added in 1864. Sheep grazed the meadow until 1934, when Robert Moses, the city’s parks commissioner, moved them to Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and then to the safety of the Catskill Mountains

Why it’s an icon? Sheep Meadow has been the site of many large-scale events. The events have ranged from large outdoor concerts by today’s most popular musicians to public goodwill events like the New York AIDS Walk.

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