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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…

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…

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…

Vaux, Calvert

(Encyclopedia) Vaux, Calvert vôks, 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…

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…

Landmarks of New York City

by Mark D. Hughes photos by Carol M. Highsmith The City of New York is the largest city in the United States, and home to many of the country's most famous and…

West Nile Virus

What's behind the outbreak in Louisiana? by David Johnson Related Links More About Killer Bees and TermitesMore Natural DisastersCentral ParkPersonal HealthDisease &…

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…

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…

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…