Welcome to Cornerspotter, Curbed's new game in which you try to identify the location and/or identity of a particular building or streetscape in a historic photograph. Impress us and your fellow Curbed readers with your uncanny insight into New York City and its past!
A good example of when the City Beautiful movement intended even parks to be monumental expressions of civic grandeur and order. That type of stylized rigidity has a tough time holding in New York parks, however, and even citizens who loved the grandeur yielded to the necessity of the view that parks are something to be played with, rather than just regarded in contemplative appreciation. Do you know where this 1895 scene was recorded, and what the place is now? Drop your guesses in the Comments and let the first correct responder win.
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