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The Obelisk in Central ParkCleopatra’s Needle atop Greywacke Knoll in Central Park.

London had one, Paris had one and by gawd New York wanted one. Officially known as The Obelisk — the oldest monument in Central Park — Cleopatra’s Needle arrived in 1880 as a gift from Egypt in 1869 for not meddling in its affairs. Curiously, Cleopatra’s Needle predates Cleopatra by 100s of years as it was built around 416 BC.

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