Central Park Plates by notNeutral

$180 USD


The Garden Plate collection features notable urban parks and gardens from around the world.

The first series showcases New York City's Central Park, the first large-scale (843 acres) public space in the United States, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1858.

Each of the four plates highlights a different segment of the Park: the Sheep Meadow, the Great Lawn, the Reservoir, and the North Meadow. Featured landmarks from the surrounding urban environs include The Central Park Zoo, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, and The Guggenheim Museum. Trees, pathways, and bodies of water are articulated to convey the landscape design and help trigger people’s memories of where they may have strolled, taken a bike ride, or picnicked.

Sheep Meadow – This plate covers the southernmost end of the Park, and includes an arc of midtown Manhattan. Grand Army Plaza serves as the official gateway to the Park's southeastern corner. Visitors who enter the Park from midtown encounter popular destinations like the Pond, the Zoo, Wollman Rink, and the Carousel. The expansive 15-acre Sheep Meadow is the most famous lawn in the Park. Once home to a flock of purebred sheep, this site has hosted everything from demonstrations to concerts, not to mention a regular audience of sunbathers and kite flyers. Another prominent feature is the 12,000-foot-long Mall, populated by one of the largest remaining stands of rare American Elms.

Great Lawn – Situated at the geographical center of the park, the Great Lawn is one of the most famous greens in the world. This lush carpet is the stage for countless softball games, music performances, and picnics, but it is also an ideal spot for sunbathing or just admiring the park’s forest of more than 20,000 trees. The nearby Belvedere Castle also offers panoramic views of other landmarks in this area, including Turtle Pond, the densely wooded 30-acre Ramble, and the Delacorte Theater. As the summer home of the Public Theater, the Delacorte attracts an international audience of over 100,000 for free outdoor stage performances of Shakespeare and other classic works. Another major attraction in this area is the picturesque Lake, which is populated by rowboats from spring through fall. Other features include the Conservatory Water and Kerbs Boathouse, which is a popular site to launch model boats. Also of note is Strawberry Fields, the memorial to John Lennon in the area adjacent to the stately Dakota apartment building, where he made his home. This section of the Park is flanked to the west by the American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium, and to the east by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Reservoir – The largest body of water in Central Park, the 106-acre Reservoir is surrounded by a 1.58 mile running track, making it one of the city’s most popular jogging spots. While the Reservoir is the most dominant feature of this section of the Park, the surrounding North Meadow ball fields and Tennis Center courts are busy with athletic activity. On the eastern border of the park is the sophisticated Carnegie Hill neighborhood, punctuated by some of the world's greatest museums, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

North Meadow– Far from the incessant hum of midtown, the northernmost portion of the Park is a remarkably peaceful zone. This secluded area is home to the North Woods, which were designed to recall the nearby Adirondack Mountains. Also in this quiet corner is the Harlem Meer (a Dutch word for lake), a thriving habitat for fish, turtles, and waterfowl. In contrast to these wildlife oases, the six-acre Conservatory Garden on the eastern edge of the Park is a sampling of traditional formal gardens. It is composed of 3 smaller gardens each with a distinct style: Italian, French, and English. This segment of the Park is bordered by Harlem to the north, East Harlem to the east, and the northern end of Museum Mile, home to the Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio, and the Africa Center at the northeast corner of the Park.

Please allow 2-7 days for US delivery/ 3-10 days for international delivery.

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