Remember the days when you would put on your very best gown, three-piece suit or top hat, and head to the park for a leisurely walk?
Here are some striking depictions of elegant New Yorkers absolutely crushing it in Central Park between 1862 and 1912:
Nineteenth century swag; men standing on Willowdell Arch in 1862:
A crowd gathered at the Central Park Mall in 1892:
Extremely well-dressed for a boat ride in 1894:
“Lover’s Lane” … 1896.
Fancy children riding a goat carriage and bossing around an adult in 1901:
Even dressed to the nines while playing tennis in 1904:
Bustling at the Promenade, 1906:
Saturday afternoon in the park – 1909:
Ladies lounging in style, with the Plaza Hotel in the background – 1912:Get the Upper West Side newsletter: