The Ramble in Central Park: A Wilderness West of Fifth

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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 ...
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Overview


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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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, February 27, 2011

“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.”
-Audubon.org

“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

“Splendidly soulful photographs of my favorite part of Central Park.”
-Dominique Browning, New York Times

“The Ramble is the loveliest spot for afternoon walks and pleasant musings to be found within ten miles of New York.”—The New York Times, July 24, 1860

Library Journal
Photographer McCabe (Deep Freeze!) here turns his lens to Manhattan's famed Central Park, more specifically, its Ramble, a 38-acre section featuring a lake, dense expanses of trees and brush, streams, boulders, paths, and bridges. Shooting in color and black and white, McCabe divides the Ramble into four sections, with chapters dedicated to their distinctive character: East, "The Picturesquely Romantic Ramble"; South, "The Birds of the Ramble"; Gill Creek Valley, "The Plants of the Ramble"; and West, "The Rocks of the Ramble." 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. The text also sports snippets from other volumes about the park, including histories, nature, and other photography works. VERDICT 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.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal
Dominique Browning
…[a] book of splendidly soulful photographs of my favorite part of Central Park.
—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789210913
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 963,452
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert A. McCabe’s books include DeepFreeze! A Photographer’s Antarctic Odyssey in the Year 1959, Weekend in Havana (Abbeville, 2007), Metamorphosis, On the Road with a Rollei in the ’50s, and Greece: Images of an Enchanted Land 1954–1965. His photographs have been exhibited in the United States, Greece, and France, and have appeared in numerous publications. He is currently working on a book of color photographs of Greece taken for the National Geographic Society in 1957, and a book of photographs of Mycenae from 1955. McCabe lives in New York City, Paris, and Athens.
Central Park Conservancy President Douglas Blonsky has been with the Central Park Conservancy since 1985. He was appointed President in 2004.Under Blonsky’s leadership the Conservancy has completed such noteworthy restoration projects as the Great Lawn, The Ramble, Harlem Meer, Merchants’ Gate, Mall, Conservatory Water, etc. Regina Alvarez is the Central Park Conservancy Director of Horticulture and Woodland Management. Phil Jeffrey is a structural biologist, photographer, and a Central Park birding expert. Sidney Horenstein is a geologist and educator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History. Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies. Cal Vornberger is the author and photographer of Birds of Central Park. Elwyn Brooks “E. B.” White is a longtime contributor to The New Yorker and the author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little. White also coauthored the widely used writing guide, The Elements of Style. C. Stevens is a writer for The New Yorker. Marie Winn is the author of Central Park in the Dark and Red-Tails in Love.
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Table of Contents


Photographer’s Note by Robert A. McCabe
Introduction by Douglas Blonsky
Wood Thrushes in the Ramble by Marie Winn
Robert Moses & the Battle of the Ramble by E. B. White and C. Stevens

PLATES

EAST
The Picturesquely Romantic Ramble by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

SOUTH
The Birds of the Ramble by Carl Vornberger

GILL CREEK VALLEY
The Plants of the Ramble by Regina Alvarez

WEST
The Rocks of the Ramble by Sidney Horenstein

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