1730s: First official park in NYC (Bowling Green).
1850s: NYC acquires 800 acres for Central Park from 1811 grid plan.
1860s: NYC acquired 585 acres for Prospect Park.
1880s: State passes Small Parks Act to create more small parks in crowded neighborhoods.
1890s: City consolidates 5 Boroughs to form NYC – Total park land = 6,935 acres.
2010s: NYC park acreages now at 38,060 acres (19% of total city land).

In 2014, just some of the wild animals observed in NYC: Raccoon, Gray Squirrel, Possum, Eastern Chipmunk, Muskrat, White-tailed Deer, Coyote, and Eastern Cottontail. For example, here’s a red-tailed hawk “Pale Male” and his new nest that was spotted while looking North on 5th Avenue:

Excerpt from “OUR HOLD ON THE PLANET” by Robert Frost

… There is much in nature against us. But we forget;
Take nature altogether since time began,
Including human nature, in peace and war,
And it must be a little more in favor of man,
Say a fraction of one percent at the very least,
Or our number living wouldn’t be steadily more,
Our hold on the planet wouldn’t have so increased.

Looking South on 5th Avenue at “art/nature” in the city: