Central Park is so massive and multifaceted that even lifelong New Yorkers can still learn a thing or two about its offerings and lore. Not surprisingly, this public green has served as the setting and inspiration for literary works written for all ages. Here are our top picks for books that put the park front and center, and where you and your tiny reader can check out the settings in person! Click through for recommended reading!

photo: via Barry Solow on Flickr Creative Commons 

To never look at the park the same way again, read...

Central Park is entirely man-made, and didn’t actually exist until 1857. The massive natural retreat is such a staple of our city that we often forget that something stood in its spot prior to its creation. That "something" is Seneca Village, a thriving African-American and immigrant community, which was torn down to make room for the park. A title for grades three and up, The Lost Village of Central Park tells a story of two young girls who live in the village, one African-American, one an Irish immigrant, against a historical backdrop.

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Who's it for?: Kids age eight and up

See the site: West Side between 81st Street and 89th Street (A plaque is located at 85th St. and Central Park West.)

Do you have a favorite book inspired by a New York  City location? Tell us about it in the comments!

—Yuliya Geikhman