Monday, May 14, 2007

Eastern Parkway Strolling in Season

With the warmer weather has arrived the spring strolling season along Eastern Parkway, the geographic spine of Crown Heights. Conceived in 1866 by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, the celebrated designers of Central Park, Crown Heights' grandest street was built between 1870 and 1874. Olmstead and Vaux coined the term "parkway" to describe their vision of a landscaped road built specifically for "pleasure-riding or driving," sketching out a 55-foot wide carriage drive between two pedestrian malls with four rows of trees stretching more than two miles. Originally adorned chiefly with American Elms, the parkway now offers a lush landscape of more than 1,100 trees in 24 separate varities. Many were planted in rememberance of veterans of World War I, and today feature iron plaques with the names of fallen servicemen. According to the New York Department of Parks & Recreation, the 1915 building of the IRT prompted the removal of "many original trees, pavement and light fixtures."


Doggy Guy said...

Eastern Parkway is the KING of dog strolls!

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