This Mysterious NYC Castle Was Actually America's First Cancer Hospital

On the southwest corner of Central Park West and 106th Street in New York City, there's an enormous castle. It takes up the whole east end of the block, with its red brick cylindrical turrets topped with gleaming silver cones. The stained glass windows and intricate stonework make the building look like something… »9/19/14 5:30pm9/19/14 5:30pm


Aerial photo of a sea of people having a picnic in a park

I love picnics—one of those precious little pleasures of life. Eating good food, drinking good wine, lazying on the grass, perhaps next to a big tree, feeling the sun on your belly, its light glimmering through the leaves, and a light breeze taking you into a perfect siesta. This image—however—is my picnic nightmare. »5/23/14 9:26pm5/23/14 9:26pm

Behold a Once-Lost Plan for a Central Park That Might Have Been

When the Board of Commissioners of Central Park decided it was time to build Central Park in 1857, they announced a design contest with a prize to the tune of $2,000 (around $50,000 today). Obviously, it was Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's design won. But there were 33 other failed entries, only five of… »7/15/13 1:20pm7/15/13 1:20pm

Seeing Leaves Change Colors with the Seasons Is So Amazing

Mother Nature, you are so beautiful. One of the best things about New York City (or any east coast city, really) is seeing the seasons change. The colors, the temperature, the feel. Jamie Scott created a timelapse of Central Park by choosing 15 locations in the park and then visiting those spots 2 days a week for… »11/28/12 11:00pm11/28/12 11:00pm

7 Tools to Help You Survive a Summer Night in Central Park

It's summertime and you want something adventurous to do. Maybe you're visiting NYC and want to see more than the Statue of Liberty, or maybe you're stuck in NYC for the summer and tired of the usual. Why not try a night under the stars in Central Park? Sure, it's not really legal, and it's littered with crackheads,… »6/01/11 5:00pm6/01/11 5:00pm

Whirlpool Plug-and-Play Refrigerator Has Docks for iPod, Photo Frames and Tablet Computers

Whirlpool's latest tech for their refrigerator line is based on their "centralpark" feature, which is a essentially dock that lets you plug in a bunch of different gadgets into the big gadget that holds your food. Among the things that you can dock are the Brandmotion iPod Speaker system, which withstands "the… »1/05/08 2:48pm1/05/08 2:48pm

Ceiva 8-Inch Digital Picture Frame Now $2,248, Comes with Fridge

Digital-picture frame pioneer Ceiva is jumping the gun on Whirlpool's latest refrigerator announcement, called "centralpark" I believe. The concept has been shown off before, but this is its first production application: it's got a modular interface at the top, and Ceiva (and presumably others) have built something to… »9/26/07 10:28pm9/26/07 10:28pm

Whirlpool Centralpark Connection: Refrigerator as Data Hub, Entertainment Center

Whirlpool wants to make refrigerators even cooler, building its Centralpark port right into the refrigerator door. Centralpark is an interchangeable connection point that'll be a part of a Whirlpool line of connector-enabled refrigerators that let you park and power up a shiny collection of matching devices from Jabil… »1/28/07 11:11am1/28/07 11:11am