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Sometimes it seems like a lowly editor can’t do too much to change the world. After all, it’s politicians, builders, activists, teachers, criminals…or sometimes entertainers who usually make things happen, right? But once there was a not-so-humble newspaper editor, William Cullen Bryant of the New York Evening Post, who wrote that the burgeoning city of New York should create a big public park as a place to escape urban life. This was in 1844, when such a concept was novel in America.

The idea caught on, land was purchased, a design was selected, and now the park is celebrating the 150th anniversary of that design — Greensward, the Plan for Central Park. To mark the occasion a host of public events continue through the summer, and the Central Park Conservancy has set up a fascinating photo-driven Website detailing the park’s long and winding history.