The Ramble in Central Park: A Wilderness West of Fifth (Hardcover)

The Ramble in Central Park: A Wilderness West of Fifth By Robert A. McCabe, Douglas Blonsky (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Robert A. McCabe, Douglas Blonsky (Introduction by)
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A handsome photographic tribute to The Ramble, the untamed “wild garden” of Central Park in New York City.

For many New Yorkers, Central Park is Manhattan’s crown jewel and what makes the city livable year round. For tourists, this urban oasis is a must-see destination on any sightseeing visit. For acclaimed photographer Robert A. McCabe, Central Park is defined by its Ramble—a densely forested thirty-eight acres replete with stunning lake vistas, enormous granite boulders, a canopy of trees, winding paths and streams, and ornate and rustic bridges. McCabe’s photographs in The Ramble in Central Park: A Wilderness West of Fifth have captured this wooded labyrinth in its off-the-beaten-path glory in its most photogenic seasons.

The Ramble in Central Park is primarily organized by four regions, supplemented by one large map by Christopher Kaeser of the entire area and four close-ups of each section. The text is a series of essays by writers including The New Yorker’s E. B. White and C. Stevens. Topics cover the history of the park’s creation by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, and the failed attempt of Robert Moses to essentially eliminate the Ramble in the 1950s, as well as the Ramble’s 250 species of woodland birds and the area’s remarkable geology and plant life. A compelling introduction by Central Park Conservancy President and Administrator Douglas Blonsky describes the recent renovation and continued protection of the Ramble.

This photography book should appeal to nature lovers, bird watchers, and New York residents and visitors alike. It is the perfect tourist souvenir before or after a visit to Central Park and The Ramble.

About the Author

Robert A. McCabe was born in Chicago in 1934. He started taking photographs in 1939 with a Kodak Brownie given to him by his father, who published a tabloid newspaper in New York. His work is featured in a permanent exhibition at the Greek consulate in Boston, MA. McCabe’s fifteen published photo books include the Abbeville titles Mykonos, Mycenae: From Myth to History, The Ramble in Central Park: A Wilderness West of Fifth, and Three Days in Havana.

Douglas Blonsky served as President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy for thirty-three years. He fostered innovation, secured nearly a billion dollars in funding, and oversaw the successful management of hundreds of restoration projects that revived New York’s most important green space.

Praise For…

ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards 2011 Gold Medal Winner

McCabe presents his dazzling full-color, four-season photographs of the Ramble, which Douglas Blonsky, president of the Central Park Conservancy, calls “indisputably still the soul of Central Park.” Other contributors weigh in on the Ramble’s flora, fauna and geology in a book that itself is a welcome harbinger of spring.
— The New York Times

Robert A. McCabe’s book of photographs presents a pristine, uncomplicated view of this recently rehabilitated area, recording the changing seasons and the native and exotic plants and birds interspersed with human park visitors…McCabe’s photographs show that even in the heart of the city, the desire to get lost in the wild, however briefly, remains strong.
— ARTNews

McCabe captures the stunning lake vistas, towering boulders, winding paths and streams, and rustic bridges of this 38-acre forested section of the park.

The pictures capture the park’s beauty in all seasons, occasionally juxtaposing spring and winter frames of the same spot. Beyond straight nature shots, McCabe truly captures the serenity that Central Park offers to both natives and tourists needing repose from the concrete and blacktop, and many photos feature a lone individual walking, reading, or just sitting and soaking it in…This alluring combination of factoids mated to glorious photographs will win the hearts of countless New Yorkers for whom Central Park is a blessed oasis. Tourists, nature photography buffs, and nature lovers also will be smitten.
— Library Journal

Amply and beautifully illustrated
— New York Daily News
Product Details
ISBN: 9780789210913
ISBN-10: 0789210916
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Publication Date: April 5th, 2011
Pages: 144
Language: English