Author: Rosanna Abdilla

Blizzard of 1988

In 1988, a massive blizzard overtook NYC. Unprepared for the storm, many people froze to death, died of starvation, and were caught up in fires. Jose Marti describes the effects and aftermaths of this great storm in his work, “New York Under the Snow.”

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Olmsted’s Central Park Plan

The image above is Frederick Law Olmsted’s original design for Central Park. As Olmsted writes in his “Passages in the Life of an Unpractical Man,” “properly planned and managed public recreation grounds would have a most civilizing and refining influence on the people” (241). Parks became a tranquil escape for the fast paced lifestyle of …

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