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Central Park

(Encyclopedia) Central Park, 840 acres (340 hectares), the largest park in Manhattan, New York City; bordered by 59th St. on the south, Fifth Ave. on the east, 110th St. on the north, and Central?

Vaux, Calvert

(Encyclopedia) Vaux, Calvert vks, 1824?95, American landscape architect, b. London. He emigrated (1850) to the United States, and assisted A. J. Downing with the U.S. Capitol grounds and a number of?

Ball, Thomas

(Encyclopedia) Ball, Thomas, 1819?1911, American sculptor, b. Charlestown, Mass.; son of a house and sign painter. Thomas Ball was also a singer of reputation, the first in the United States to sing?

Cleopatra's Needles

(Encyclopedia) Cleopatra's Needles, name in popular use for two obelisks of red granite from Egypt. Originally erected at Heliopolis (c.1475 &BC;) by Thutmose III, they were transported to?

Ward, John Quincy Adams

(Encyclopedia) Ward, John Quincy Adams, 1830?1910, American sculptor, b. Urbana, Ohio. He was trained under H. K. Brown, whom he assisted in the execution of the equestrian statue of George?

Bemelmans, Ludwig

(Encyclopedia) Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898?1962 American author and illustrator of children's books, b. Meran, Austria-Hungary (now in Italy), to Belgian and German parents. Trained in the hotel and?

Fifth Avenue

(Encyclopedia) Fifth Avenue, famous north-south street of the borough of Manhattan, New York City. It begins at Washington Square and ends at the Harlem River. Between 34th and 59th streets, Fifth?

Olmsted, Frederick Law

(Encyclopedia) Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822?1903, American landscape architect and writer, b. Hartford, Conn. Although his Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England had appeared in 1852,?

Hoving, Thomas Pearsall Field

(Encyclopedia) Hoving, Thomas Pearsall Field, 1931?2009, American art historian, museum director, and public official, b. New York City, grad. Princeton (B.A. 1953, M.A., Ph.D. 1959). He joined (1959?

Papp, Joseph

(Encyclopedia) Papp, Joseph, 1921?91, American theatrical director and producer, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. as Joseph Papirofsky. Papp, a major influence in American theater, founded the nonprofit New York?