Captain Laura Moonsinger is a creature of shadow, Moon Elf Paladin of Tyr, God of Justice, from the city of Silverymoon, in the world known as Faerun. Since arriving in New York, she quickly learned to apply her talents and thirst for justice, joining the NYPD, quickly rising through the ranks. Since assuming command of the Central Park Precinct, the Park has become a place of safety and peace
Themes & Threats
Theme: Center of The City
Aspect: Portals Everywhere
Aspect: Peace, Relaxation, Danger, and Death
Central Park is a public park at the center of Manhattan in New York City. The park initially opened in 1857, on 843 acres of city-owned land. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition to improve and expand the park with a plan they entitled the Greensward Plan. Construction began the same year, continued during the American Civil War, and was completed in 1873. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States.
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962, the park is currently managed by the Central Park Conservancy under contract with the city government. The Conservancy is a non-profit organization that contributes 83.5% of Central Park’s 37.5 million annual budget, and employs 80.7% of the park’s maintenance staff
Central Park is bordered on the north by West 110th Street, on the south by West 59th Street, on the west by Eighth Avenue. Along the park’s borders, these streets are known as Central Park North, Central Park South, and Central Park West respectively. Only Fifth Avenue along the park’s eastern border retains its name.
While planting and land form in much of the park appear natural, it is in fact almost entirely landscaped. The park contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds that have been created artificially, extensive walking tracks, bridle paths, two ice-skating rinks (one of which is a swimming pool in July and August), the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, a wildlife sanctuary, a large area of natural woods, a 106-acre billion-gallon reservoir with an encircling running track, and an outdoor amphitheater, the Delacorte Theater, which hosts the “Shakespeare in the Park” summer festivals. Indoor attractions include Belvedere Castle with its nature center, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and the historic Carousel. In addition there are seven major lawns, the “meadows”, and many minor grassy areas; some of them are used for informal or team sports and some set aside as quiet areas; there are a number of enclosed playgrounds for children.
The six miles of drives within the park are used by joggers, bicyclists, skateboarders, and inline skaters, especially when automobile traffic is prohibited, on weekends and in the evenings after 7:00 pm.
As crime has declined in the park and in the rest of New York City, many former negative perceptions have waned. The park has its own New York City Police Department precinct (the Central Park Precinct), which employs both regular police and auxiliary officers. In 2005, safety measures held the number of crimes in the park to fewer than one hundred per year (down from approximately 1,000 in the early 1980s). The New York City Parks Enforcement Patrol also patrols Central Park. Commander of the Central Park Precinct is Captain Laura Moonsinger, an accomplished and respected Officer, who ensures ‘her’ park remains a place of safety and law.
Portals to multiple places in The NeverNever abound. The most prominent ones are as follows:
Cleopatra’s Needle – Portal to the Egyptian Underworld, the Demense of Isis and Osiris
Aspen’s Tree – An incredibly large and ancient Oak located in Cherry Hill, the tree is protected by and home to a most unusual Dryad (Aspen) and a portal to Deep Summer
Alice in Wonderland Statue – Portal to The Dreamlands, as well as an Angellic Tether to Blandine, archangel of Dreams
Conservatory Garden – An angellic Tether to Novalis, Archangel of Flowers
Central Park Zoo – Portals to The Happy Hunting Grounds, The Beastlands, and an Angellic Tether to Jordi, Archangel of Animals
The real estate value of Central Park was estimated by the property appraisal firm, Miller Samuel, to be $528,783,552,000 in December 2005.