Love Affair with Central Park Showcased in Recent Book by Berkeley College Faculty Member and Manhattan Resident Stephen Wolf

TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018
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“Central Park Love Song: Wandering Beneath the Heaventrees” (Griffith Moon) is an eloquent, evocative ode that encompasses New York history, past and contemporary protagonists, geography and botany so gracefully that reading his book is like, well, a walk in the park.”

– Sam Roberts, The New York Times 

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Berkeley College congratulates Stephen Wolf, PhD, Professor, English, School of Liberal Arts, whose recent book, “Central Park Love Song: Wandering beneath the Heaventrees,” was published by Griffith Moon, an art publishing house in Santa Monica, CA, in June 2018 and reviewed by Sam Roberts in the Bookshelf column of The New York Times on June 28, 2018.

Reading Stephen Wolf‘s combined guidebook and autobiography of his time spent in Manhattan’s largest green space is the next best thing to being there,” Mr. Roberts said. Click here to read the full review.

Central Park Love Song” is both an intimate portrait and meticulous research of America’s first great public park and the most visited site in New York City. Beginning with the narrator and his dog wandering the battered, but still beautiful park in the late 1970s, readers learn why the park is so large on an island so small, why it grows in the center of Manhattan, and what has been lost to the needs of an ever-changing city. These and other stories weave through the narrative as the reader and narrator discover every cave and cranny of the park’s 843 acres and later see the park in new ways with his children, much as he did with his dog three decades before.

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Photo Caption: Stephen Wolf, PhD, Professor, English, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, during one of his many visits to New York City’s Central Park. His book “Central Park Love Song: Wandering Beneath the Heaventrees,” was published by Griffith Moon and reviewed in The New York Times in June 2018.

Chicago-born, Dr. Wolf was the editor of “I Speak of the City: Poems of New York,” published by Columbia University Press in 2007.  He joined Berkeley College as a faculty member in the Department of English in 1993. His former occupations include truck driver, bike messenger, construction worker and gymnastics coach. Dr. Wolf received a PhD in American Literature from the University of Illinois. In 1997 he received the Outstanding Teacher Award and again in 2002, and the Faculty Excellence Award from the Berkeley College Honors Program in 2014. The award recognized Dr. Wolf’s contribution to the Honors Program by sharing his knowledge and expertise related to the 2013-2014 program theme, “Rediscovering New York City.” Dr. Wolf is a resident of Manhattan, NY.

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