Central Park Arsenal


East side of the park at Fifth Ave and 64th St
Manhattan, NY 10065
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Today it is home to New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation and the Central Park Zoo, but the Arsenal, one of only two buildings that pre-date the park itself, was originally built as a military supply depot for New York State's National Guard. It has served many purposes, incorporating at various points a weather bureau, a zoo (with animals from the likes of P.T. Barnum) and a police precinct. From the outside it looks like a fortress, while inside there are rotating art and photography exhibitions, as well as the original, historic "Greensward Plan" detailing Central Park.

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