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In the nineteenth century, large cemeteries were major tourist and recreation destinations. Until the establishment of public parks such as Central Park in Manhattan in 1848, there was little public open space. This was particularly true in large cities. Soon after Green-Wood Cemetery was established in Brooklyn in 1838, the public flocked there in droves. In fact, the public’s appreciation of this green oasis was so great that cries soon went out for the establishment of something similar in Manhattan. Thus the seeds of Central Park were sewn.