"an inaccessible wilderness near the Central Park"
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Central Park from the south side
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCentral Park from the south side - Credit: Summ

Central Park is an urban green space in the middle of Manhattan. Opened in 1859, it covers 843 acres. Prior to construction, the rocky, marshy area was inhabited by many impoverished immigrants who were removed in 1857 under the rule of eminent domain (compulsory purchase).