Skating in Central Park
December 1859: After a decade of debate, designs and construction, the first part of the Park is opened – from the Lake south to 59th Street. 100,000 people make the trip North to ice-skate on the Lake by moonlight.
Behind the skaters is the famous Dakota Building, later to be the last home of John Lennon and the location for filming of horror classic, Rosemary’s Baby. But when it was completed in 1882, it was so far north from the rest of the city, that people said that it might as well be in the Dakota Territory – which is where it got its name.