Urban Artifice

The new mass culture of the industrial landscape of Manhattan sought to disguise means of production from the end product. This was true of the artificially created nature in Central Park and of the landscapes of desire seen in the city itself. Although Central Park was not selling products, it was selling a lifestyle--one free of the evils of the city, where nature was contained and society entertained. In this way Central Park was not so different a landscape from the window displays on Fifth Avenue.