The Story Behind Central Park: Manhattan’s Backyard – Wilderness By Design

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    Kitt's Talks & Walks

    Kitt Garrett’s New York Sites & Insights was created to provide you with an insider’s story behind a site, so you are up-close and personal, discovering its secrets.  Using over 100 historical and current images we’ll explore the site together virtually, so when you visit, you’ll know how much time to spend there and capture your own memories in the City That Never Sleeps!

    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • Group Size: 1-10
    • New York, New York

    Central Park is larger than most people realize, covering 843 acres of man-made landscape. It’s truly hand-crafted art combing rolling hills, lush lawns, winding footpaths, ornamental trees, seven bodies of water including places to play, picnic and relax. It’s the fifth most interesting bird watching location in America! The history of New York’s backyard is fascinating with politics, financing and conservancy all working together to create an escape from the congestion of the City. Discover the secrets of Central Park as we tour the site together starting at the southern border along Central Park South and exploring each site until we reach the northern edge along 110th Street. Hear the fascinating stories at each stop along the way. Some sites were in the original design and others have been added later. Some sites have disappeared and been replaced. This fascinating visual journey looks at the park as it developed over the past 150 years. You’ll know what was there, why was it removed and when. You’ll see the major concert and movie sites, and locations of the special events that have taken place. Some will be new to you and others will be a walk down memory lane. At the end of this journey you will be able to plan your visit to Central Park and spend time seeing the sites in person.

    This 60 – 90-minute presentation uses over 125 historical and current images taking you on a visual journey which makes Central Park come to life. Whether this is your first visit, or a local New Yorker, gain an insider’s perspective on makes this park so special.

    Type of Tour

    Private Virtual Tour, presented on Zoom.


    Kitt Garret’s New York Sites & Insights takes you on a fascinating visual journey behind the history of Central Park.  Experience the land before the transformation from swampland and settlements to one of the most treasured green spaces in New York City providing fresh air to over 42 million visitors each year. Learn who designed it, how it was created, developed and financed. We’ll explore the 843 acres section by section, site by site so you can plan your time in Central Park. Whether you are a first-time visitor, or a local, this fun, fast paced 60 – 90 virtual tour use over 100 images to bring the city to life with an insider’s perspective on what makes the City That Never Sleeps.

    • Learn what was destroyed to create Central Park
    • Discover how the park was designed and by whom
    • Hear how the park has changed over the years to accommodate public needs
    • Learn the secrets of Central Park as we tour it from south to north

    Price Includes

    • Private virtual tour for 60 – 90 minutes via Zoom
    • PDF of photo stops for you to upload into the free Tripcast app to create your own memory book

    Price Excludes

    • Cost of the memory book is paid directly to Tripcast if you wish to purchase one

    What to Bring

    Questions about New York City to help plan your trip.

    Optional Extras

    Gratuities for your guide.

    About Your Guide

    From 1993 – 2016, Kitt Garrett, lecturer, travel and tourism consultant was the Founder and CEO of Discover New York and Beyond.  She grew the company to be the leader in personalized travel to New York City by designing extraordinary experiences for corporate, leisure and native New Yorkers who wished to go beyond the New York they already knew. Using her expertise and extraordinary contacts, Kitt was named Condé Nast Top Destination Specialist for 8 years.  Kitt sold Discover New York & Beyond in 2016 to a well-established production company in NY. Kitt was featured on the “Travel Channel,” “Delta Shuttle Magazine,” “Town and Country Travel” and “Elite Magazine.” She has been the guest lecturer on the QE II, The World, Residences at Sea, private clubs and corporations. While living in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico, Kitt taught cooking and designed food products for Fortune 500 companies.

    Kitt holds Advanced Certificates from the Culinary Institute of America, The Higher Certificate from the London Wine and Spirit Trust, and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management, New York University, graduating summa cum laude, and earned her designation as a Destination Management Certified Professional, and licensed New York City Guide and Certified by the Guides Association of New York City. She is a member of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, The Historic District Council, The Beaux Arts Alliance, The Art Deco Society, Society of General Mechanics and Tradesmen, the American Institute of Architecture, the Friends of the Upper East Side, Historic District Council, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, The Architectural League of New York, The Institute of Classical Art and Architecture, Friends of the Upper West Side, Friends of Terra Cotta and Grand Central Atelier.  Her credentials are unmatched.