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Central Park, the big green space in Manhattan, the park you see in every New York City romcom where the pretty girl drops her glove and the guy of her dreams just so happens to pick it up, be it Carey grant or Justine Timberlake, John Cusack or Ryan Reynolds, soon taking a horse and carriage ride around and through the park at night to seal the deal. It's where Harry met Sally, Woody enthused with Annie and Tom dithered over some Hanky Panky with Meg. What Woody Allen really got up to with his lovers overlooking Central Park we can no longer comment on for legal reasons.
Like Woody's love life, the reality of Central Park by night is less appealing, a place not to walk hand-in-hand and certainly not alone. Tourists' have actually been mugged sitting in those carriages it's that rough in certain places! It shuts for five hours every night for that reason alone in the busy tourist areas. In recent years the crime rate has tumbled though from over 1000 reported annual crimes to around 100 last year but it still carries a certain reputation on its big shoulders, like a swaggering thug in the Bronx does as he returns with your phone and wallet, a down payment on the next tattoo. Admittedly I was there in the 1990s so it may be far better now. New York's general crime rate has tumbled over the decades but that's down mainly to the no nonsense 32,000 head of NYPD in the city.
Its 843 acres stretches from Midtown Manhattan West 59th street to North 110th and the rectangular park kept arrow straight on each side by Fifth Avenue on the east and Central Park West on the other, blocked in by Central park North and South. It's officially just 6% of Manhattan but appears much bigger than that when you look precariously down from the top of the majestic Empire State Building at the majestic green oblong. It's rich with trees and shrubs and the gaps filled with play areas, twinkling lakes, Gazebos and sprawling grass areas to take the sun.
It's a park for everyone, and I mean everyone, even in the daytime daring and promiscuous gay men using the parks to 'cottage' in the bushes and quite a shock to see naked men jumping out of the shrubbery when you are a tourist wandering through the more intimate parts of the park. If gay men have a fault it's that kind of activity that bugs me. It was one of many seedy let downs in New York when I visited the city. I was surprised just how much litter there was there and lack of things to do compared to the other great cities of the world. New York is just those amazing skyscraper that hug and hang over Central Park.
The Park stretches for six miles although the main tourist action and bustle is in the middle bit. The top end past the big reservoir lake is a bit more urban and lively and so don't expect to get your ball back in impromptu kick-around. You can go boating on the Harlem Meer right at the top, a small lake, or take in the many eateries here, great hotdogs and ethnic eats to be had. All the park sports like basketball and baseball can be played here and you can even play cricket or do some crown green bowling if you so choose, open air chess and checkers for the more cerebral. Don't challenge the locals at speed chess as they are very good.
There is an open air theatre near the reservoir and as you drift down to mid town there are lots of picnic spaces and smaller lakes to relax by. Its here they have the big pop concerts. This is where the carriage rides start and end and the areas that feature mostly in those movies, including that ice rink and the fountain. The park has two of each.
There are some surprising rock formations in the park for the kids to clamber around on and some hidden pools and little play areas for mischievous further fun. If the kids like nature then there are wildlife sanctuaries and museums to poke around in. Everything you want in the park is there, the sixth biggest urban space in the world and the biggest in America. The park also has some monuments and statues to tick off with the Alice in Wonderland one rather popular. But as with most things in America they don't have any real history and so what they call history tends to be faux and cheesy, like Belvedere Castle, a converted garden folly made to look like the presidents house in the park. Clinton Fort is the only genuine history there that I recall and part of the American Revolution encampments.
In general though it's the sanctuary of the city in the summer and you can escape all the expensive things to do and places to eat and drink there. The open spaces in the sun are great to drift off to sleep as the honking horns and noisy obnoxious New Yorkers merge into one and a welcome snooze overtakes you. I recall sitting there listening to Man United on the World Service overcome Spurs to in the league, a commentary on my chunky old radio that gathered curious looks as it did eager British wanting to know other English football results on a beautiful New York morning.
As I have said in other reviews I was so lucky to be able to tour New York City in April. One of the places that we chose to go was to Central Park. We choose to exit the Subway at Times square and walk down to Central Park. As we wanted to get lunch along the way we really enjoyed our leisurely walk to Central Park. Stopping to eat a great slice of Pizza where 2 slices of pizza and a can of soda was only $2.98 and for us that was lunch for 2.
As we continued on our way I noticed that the closer we got to the park the more it changed to people just strolling along rather than people in a hurry to get some where like they were in Times Square. As we got to one of the Entrances to the park we waited for the light to change to allow us to cross the street safely. As I stood there waiting I noticed that there was a long line of horse drawn carriages and there was an almost overpowering smell of horses. It was not an unpleasant smell but yet it was not very good to smell either.
We crossed the street and made our way into the park. Not really having any place in mind that we wanted to visit we were happy to just stroll along talking and taking pictures along the way. Now I know that to some this may sound silly but where I am from the squirrels are brown just your normal run of the mill nothing special so when I came across one in Central Park and it was grey I just had to get a picture to show my daughter. We had only ever seen a grey squirrel in a book. As people looked at me like I had lost my mind I waited to get that picture I wanted it to be just perfect and needless to say even though I looked crazy I got my picture and my daughter loved it.
Having sort of chased the squirrel around the park a bit we found our self by a bridge of sorts with a walk way under it. Its been in many movies as well as American crime shows, they always find a body under them in the movies and shows once I realized where we were of course I had to walk through it and over it taking many pictures I had to show my daughter once again. It was a thrill to finally see the place that I was always seeing in shows I watch. Kind of like putting a name with a face type situation.
We continued to follow the path that we were on when we came to a large rock it was kind of buried in the ground with parts of it that had been uncovered. People were sitting on it just relaxing and enjoying the warm day. I was so inclined to do the same so we sat down and I took this time to people watch as every one came and went, children played tag as the parents sat and watched. People met up and hurried off to have fun, people biked and roller bladed by as we sat there. This was a park that was being used and enjoyed by an entire city but yet was not over crowded.
Turning around the corner we came across Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon Memorial. In the ground is a very nice memorial that says one single word Imagine. People have placed flowers letters poems and all kinds of mementos to honor John as I walk past I am truly at a loss of words as I realize that people have left those items and not one person has messed with them. No one walks over the Memorial they all seem to walk around it and I was not going to be the one to do any differently. There were people sitting around the outside of the memorial playing music and just really seeming to pay homage to a great man. Before I started to cry I needed to move on it was such a touching place.
We walked by a like that had canoes on it an there were little turtles along the edge of the lake. It was nicely framed by trees and while we were sitting there once again just observing we noticed a wedding party getting photo's taken. We just sat and watched as it was truly a beautiful sight. Then as they moved on our attentions were drawn back to the lake and the little turtles. I am not sure what kind they were I just knew they were cute little buggers. I must have spent about an hour there trying to get one to come up close enough for me to get a decent picture too bad they never did. I am sure that one second after we walked away they came up and were posing for the other people that were there taking pictures.
One of the things that I noticed the most about the small part of Central park I was able to explore was how clean it was. There were tons of people, horses, dogs, and what ever else people bring to the park with them but yet it was very clean as we made our way around I was soon to realize why. Behind the carriages there walked a man with a trash can that would pick up the horse dung not letting any stay behind also there were people picking up trash and there were trash cans all along the way.
Having plans for the evening we realized that we needed to make our way back to the hotel. We had spent the entire day in the park and really only saw I would say if we were lucky ¼ of the park there was so much left that we never even got the chance to see or do. I guess now I still have a reason to go back if I ever get the luck to visit again.
Would I recommend a day at the park you better believe it. A day at Central park is so worth it. The fact that it's free and there is so much to do and see for free before you ever have to spend a dime makes it a number one on any ones visitor list. I cant wait to get back and explore even more.
Central Park is in the middle of Manhattan and covers a pretty large area of the city. It's not just a park, it has several attractions within it.
There's Central Park Zoo, the boating lake, restaurants, Strawberry Field near the Dakota Bulding where John Lennon was shot, fountains, playgrounds, the Alice in Wonderland sculpture and some nature trails. You will not get round it in a day! You can also hire rollerblades, go horseriding or go for a ride in a carriage. Sheep's meadow also has lot's of people hanging out there.
It really is an oasis in a very busy city and there's several attractions very near the park, such as the Plaza Hotel and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It has also been in about a million films and it's fun finding the locations!
Most of the park is free (aside from things like hiring rollerblades) and it really is a great palce to wlak round and relax. New Yorkers use the park a lot and it's great for people watching. There's often people busking and so on and you can often find someone singing Beatles songs round Strawberry Field, the Lennon memorial.
A definite must if you're off to the city.
The thing that really really amazes about New York City is Central Park. It is in the middle of Manhattan, which is not exactly the biggest island there is. Manhattan itself is something along the lines of 13 miles by 2 miles. When you consider what is in it, that is rather small.
Now Central Park covers 843 acres. For those that have no idea how big it is, it covers 6% of Manhattan. I've just looked up some facts on the park. If you walk all the paths within the park, you will have walked 58 miles!!!! Imagine how long it would take to walk all around them.
Having visited the city a couple of times, I have had the pleasure of having a stroll through the park. Being as the park is so huge, I haven't wandered around all of it. The furthest point uptown I have been is the running track, which I can tell you is one way around a large lake/reservoir and is 1.58 miles long.
There are many many entrances into the park, but I generally have entered at the bottom end, near to the Plaza hotel, just because that is where I normally have ended up when near the park. This is also the easiest way to get the Zoo, which is a definite must see for all visitors.
On wandering the different areas of the park, I have seen numerous baseball diamonds, play areas for children and various sizes of lakes and reservoirs. Located on 5th Avenue, encroaching into the park grounds, between the West 79th and West 86th Street roads, is the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
As the park is so huge, it is quite easy to find yourself a nice quiet area of the park, away from the crowds. It is more difficult when the weather is really nice, but still possible if you want to hunt it down.
Each visit I have made, I haven't really gone in with a plan of where I want to go, I have always just entered and followed a path I haven't been down before and ended up where it goes. I like this method, rather than planning, you always seem to stumble on things you didn't really expect. that is how I found the Zoo and the running track. We also stumbled on the John Lennon memorial situated opposite his old apartment building. For those who enjoy the Beatles or John Lennon, you will probably like this. For me, however, I have no interest in either and found a tile mosaic in the floor with Imagine written in it and some Roses around the outer circle rather boring and could not see what all the fuss was about, but then I am rather uncultured.
For those people with small, easily tired legs, you need not worry. There are over 9000 benches situated around the park. You are never far from one to give your legs a rest. Be careful though, you may find some benches that are not designed for the short people out there. We found one bench that the wife had to jump on to be able to sit properly, bless her.
The one thing I really enjoyed about it all was how close to nature you feel in this massive Urban city. Every where we wandered, we saw various squirrels having a wander. Some black, some grey, some 3 legged, some with no tails. That just wandered around without a care in teh world and came across as very tame. I wouldn't recommend having one as a pet, but you get the drift.
I only went into the park during the day, so can't comment on how safe it is at night. During the day, there was plenty of Police Officers on foot, in cars and on horse back going through the whole park. This was very reassuring, but did seem a bit overkill and make you think the park was more dangerous than it is. Then again, the NYPD are absolutely every where you go in the city anyway, so it's no different. Situated on West 79th Street, there is a Police Precinct as well, if you need any help at all. Dotted around the park are emergency 'boxes'. These being a simple box that you push either Fire or Police button inside and it conects straight through to either service.
To fully appreciate the park, you need to spend at least a day in it, although I would recommend more than that. It is so nice and relaxing and makes a big change from the hustle and bustle of the city just outside the grounds.
On our recent trip to New York we were lucky enough to have some snow - well actually it was a snow storm and the worst snow they've had in years! But even though it was freezing and we could hardly walk properly due to all the layers of clothes we were wrapped in, Central Park covered in snow made you completely forget everything else. It really was so amazing and magical and I was glad of the freezing weather because we got to witness this. We walked through the park from the Downtown side and everything was just completely white. Everywhere kids were playing in the snow and riding in sledges down the hills and it really was truly amazing.
Inside the park there are plenty of things to do and see. Covering 843 acres and 6% of Manhattan, it's pretty huge. We were in the park for a total of about 2 hours and we only got about half way up and there were plenty of things we missed. The main attractions include the Wollman ice skating rink which is even lovelier to stake on in the snow; the Central Park Zoo where they keep 130 different species of animals including polar bears; the Bethesda Fountain, which I'm sure you'd recognise from many films and TV programmes; a Hans Christian Anderson statue; an Alice in Wonderland statue which is beautiful and so big that you can climb up and sit on a toadstool yourself; and Belvedere Castle which has some great views of the park and the city. There's a couple of arenas in the park were they hold shows in the summer and the Metropolitan Museum is actually in the park. The American Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim Museum are just on either side of the park. From way inside the park if you look around you can see trees in front of you and then these huge skyscrapers standing tall behind them which makes for a lovely photo.
At the south end of the park a line of horse and carriages wait to take you on a trip through the park. We did this in the evening on my husband's birthday and from starting in the street full of noise and people, 2 minutes into the park it is so quiet and it's like there's a sound barrier blocking out all the noise just to make the trip more romantic for you. Walking tours can also be done around the park.
Central Park was designed in 1858 and it took 16 years to create. The park is very hilly and doesn't have much level ground so you're always going up or down hill. Apparently the builders of the park found it too difficult to make the ground level due to a lot of hard stone and rock so they left it this way but New Yorkers ending up loving it. The park stretches from Central Park South 59th Street to 110th Street at the northern end.
Central Park is a magical place to visit in New York and your trip isn't complete without one.
On going to New York everyone who had been had told me you just have to go and see Central Park and all I could think was whats the big deal? Its just a bigger then usual park right?.....WRONG!
It's not just big it's massive, we walked around there for hours and still I dont think we even managed to get round half of it.
If you have ever seen the secret garden it reminded me of this, theres so much to see you find yourself thinking shall i go left or right here? and when you choose you tell yourself you'll go the other way once you've seen whats round this corner, but of course you never find that tunring again!
It is honestly a magical place, more so I think because of the time of year we went as it was Christmas and it had snowed so everything was covered in white. You also have the two ice skating rinks, which we only managed to find the one (told you it was huge!).
Every twist and turn you find unexpected things, bridges, lakes, fountains. But what is even more amazing is your just in all this greenry (all whitry as it was when we were there) but just outside this rectangle of park is the hustle and bustle of New York, it's somewhere quiet and relaxed away from the beeping horns of taxis! I can see why New Yorkers must love to go there.
Honestly people, if you go to New York go here, it's outstandingly beautiful.
I absolutely adore Central Park.
It was my second favorite place in Manhattan from both our holidays there this year, second only to the Top of The Rock.
Our first visit in March we entered in through the south east corner of the park, and it was absolute chaos on that corner.
A massive hotel looms over you, with a fountain, and what can best be described as a taxi rank, which was just a blur of yellow and black.
The only downside was the smell! The horses and carriages have their own track to follow, which is marked out by a beaten path of hoof marks and wheel tread and the inevitable trail of manure. Thankgod it wasn't warm that time because it would have been an incredible stench.
Surprisingly though once we were about 100yds in Central Park, the smell disappears and its almost like being transported into a bubble.
You can still hear the noise of New York, but its as if there is a buffer around you, shielding you from the chaos and the increased heartbeat.
We were really lucky to have a clear yet chilly day to explore.
Even looking back now I still cant explain just how MASSIVE the park is, it seemed to go on forever. We zig zagged across it on our walk, starting with the ice rick, and following the winding paths, passed the conservatory, and up to Strawberry Fields and the Dakota apartments and on to the reservoir in the middle. All of that took us the best part of 2 hours to reach, and all that walking had really tired us out so we came back out onto Park Av.
Intermittenly you'll hit a kiosk seller, who are there in all weathers and you can pick up a drink, hot dog, pretzel or ice cream. We needed a hot dog and drink to give us some energy from the walk back down.
Going south on park alongside the park, we saw Central Park zoo, and figured why the hell not?
You think zoo's are fot kids, and when you're 24 you think its a bit cheesy but hey for $8 each and the promise of some shelter and a walk in the tropics, we werent complaining.
Now this is a zoo within a park within one of the most fantastic cities on the planet. Its such a multi layered affair in New York, it feels almost surreal. In we go to the zoo, and in all honesty I think we were having more fun than any of the kids there.
Going in mid march meant there were fewer people around than times of the year. The zoo is divided into zones and we spent the rest of our day walking around in there. The zoo closes at 4:30pm, which suited us fine but just remember to factor that into your day.
Really enjoyed the tropics atrium where you can walk around in the vegetation and birds fly overheard, and I didnt see anyone get pooped on. It has a reptile house upstairs and for an urban zoo every animal looked well cared for and there was plenty of staff available to answer any questions we had.
Also got some fantastic photos in there, which you just cant get at other zoo's!
Other areas included the temperate zone, and the penguin house, which was rammed as it was feeding time, and you might remember it from films such as Maid in Manhattan.
Was such a surprise for it to be so well organised and enjoyable, and then we walked back the way we came through the park.
Considering its New York, the general stereotype you go with, is that it will be dirty, crime ridden and just well not nice. I felt safe as houses walking round the park during the day, noone looked at us funny, there were no gangs hanging around, even the homeless were sedated and chilling out.
I've never seen a park so clean and there is also a police presence within the park but not so much that you think something is going to happen, but it does promote a sense of public safety having them around.
Back out the way we came in and i felt refreshed and calm from our day in the park.
During our summer visit in July, we made it further up but still not all the way to Harlem. There were boat rides and street performers and the general ambience no matter what time of year you go is one of tranquility, peace and dare I say it love. We even got some hello's from random dog walkers.
Theres a restaurant within the park which we didnt try, but it would have been perfect to take a picnic too, except I was suffering with heat stroke and needed air conditioning.
It was a pleasure both times and something which I would love to do in more depth, like ice skating in the winter, or boating in summer. We also got some fantastic photos of the building which overlook the park, including the apartments from Ghostbusters, and the lake restaurant from the Sex and the City series (where she falls in the lake when Big tries to kiss her, anyway I digress!)
There is so much to see and do, both withing and surrounding the park, including galleries and museums.
Wear your walking shoes and watch out for the horse poo!
I only spent half a day in Central park and it definately wasnt long enough. Not living in a city myself I felt it strange being in a park and seeing skyscaper buildings all at the same time. I thought it was magical! We went in March time so New York was bitterly cold. You definately will need to bring your thermals, a hat and scarf.
The place is alot bigger than I had initially thought, you could spend a whole day here easily. Also it could be very easy to get lost so do bring a map with you. I got a horse and carriage ride through central park which I thought was nice however it wasnt a very long trip on it maybe 10 or 15 mins maximum. I could have walked around the ciruit they go around however our carriage driver did give us some information on the sights that we seen. He was very friendly and it was a lovely experience.
I walked along the bridge they use in the film Home Alone which was nice to see. Its not that big or impressive but now when I see that film I can say I was there lol! Plus I seen the skating rink however we could not go on it as it had been raining and it was not safe to do so. This would only be interesting if you like seeing where some films have been made. If not it is just a nice walk away from the hussle and bustle of the city.
However I was warned to not walk in Central Park at night or by myself if it could be avoided as there is a high crime rate here, but I never seen any crime myself.
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I love New York. Anybody that's read any of my previous opinions may have worked this one out by now but I fell in love with The Big Apple when I visited the unofficial capital of the world earlier this year. Of course, everyone associates NY with the hurly burly of a major metropolis with the pollution filled; graffiti riddled streets full of yellow cabs and excited tourists. For those wanting to escape the million miles an hour culture that pervades New York, you can do a lot worse than take a day out at the world famous Central Park.
We did just that on the sunniest day of our week and entered a world that makes a mockery of the image of a conventional park and all that goes with it. Central Park attracts 15 million visitors every year within it's sizeable confines that measure 843 acres or the equivalent of a rectangle 2.5 miles by 0.5 miles in the borough of Manhattan. When you consider that Hyde Park in London is 350 acres then you start to realise that Central Park is BIG. The park stretches from Central Park South at 59th Street to Central Park North at 110th Street. 5th Avenue and Central Park West form the Eastern and Western boundaries.
Inspired by the Bois de Boulogne in Paris and London's Hyde Park landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned the Park as a place where people of all social and ethnic backgrounds could mingle. Out of the treeless, rocky terrain and stagnant swampland, they created a wooded urban oasis that has been enjoyed by generations. Calvert Laux and landscaper Frederick Law Olmsted completed the park in 1858 after the initial area of land had been designated by the New York legislature some 5 years earlier.
We entered through the South entrance by crossing the street from Grand Army Plaza at 5th Avenue and 59th Street. We travelled on foot from our hotel as it was only a 5-minute walk but if you aren't using a cab then subway N and R to 5th Avenue or route 6 to 68th Street will get you there. Here you will find The Pond along with the Wollman Memorial Rink. To get a feel for the park we decided to take a horse-drawn carriage ride that cost $35 for a tour lasting around 20 minutes. Our driver was very informative about New York and a lot of the inhabitants are knowledgeable and proud about their hometown. The ride gave us the chance to take some camcorder footage of the park as well as taking in the strange site of a large expanse of greenery surrounded by the tallest buildings on the planet!
During the tour we were told that the large black lumps of volcanic rock that interspersed this side of the park were from the original Manhattan Island itself whilst the trees that dominated the vista had been imported specially for Central Park including some 175 different species making up the 26000 or so trees that live in the park. The most popular trees are the black cherry followed closely by the American elm and pin oak. The trees are under constant surveillance for disease, in particular, Dutch Elm disease as the trained conservationists undertake an ongoing vigilance to maintain the tree population. My 9-year-old boy certainly enjoyed climbing all over the rocks and we have some wonderful photos of my two children on top of original Manhattan lava rock with the resident skyscrapers in the background.
My kids loved the freedom to run around, as do millions of others every year. We made our way to the The Carousel, Mid-Park at 64th Street and 5th Avenue. Featuring some of the largest hand-carved horses in the US, The Carousel has been present since 1871 although it is just that a carousel. There were a few food stalls and stands outside which we duly bought some popcorn and a drink from although we didn't actually go on the ride itself even though it was only 90 cents each. I do recall calling my mom on my mobile to tell her I was actually in Central Park, the scene for numerous movies over the years and now I was there too!
After our stop at The Carousel we made our way to The Dairy, mid-park at 65th Street and 5th Avenue. This is a 19th century style building overlooking The Wollman Rink. Within there is a reference library and an exhibit about the history and design of the park. To tell the truth it wasn't too exciting and I seem to remember there being a shop selling souvenirs of the park although the proceeds did go to the park conservation fund. It was too early in the day to part us from yet more dollars although the kids did their best to try and get us to buy something.
We didn't actually go into The Wollman Rink although it was an impressive site with lots of people ice-skating in March. Found at Prospect Park, Ocean Avenue entrance, the Rink provides ice-skating facilities during winter whilst in summer it reverts to a boating lake where pedal boats can be hired. At 2475 sq.m it can accommodate plenty of people whilst being the home to the Brooklyn Blades amateur men's and women's ice hockey teams. The rink was finished in 1960 and cuts a dashing site to those having just entered the park on a sunny day.
Our final venue was the Children's Zoo and Wildlife Centre, Mid-park at 64th Street and 5th Avenue. Having duly paid our $6 each as adults and just $1 each for the kids as they were under 13 (under 3s free), we entered a wonderfully equipped zoo complete with polar bears, Tamarind monkeys, red pandas and other associated wildlife. Guided tours at 2.30pm complimented opportunities to see the sea lions being fed at 11.30am, 2pm and 4pm whilst the penguins became the centre of attention at 10.30am and 2.30pm. We spent a good few hours here even though it looked like a small zoo from the outside. We chose to eat our lunch at the restaurant with security being tight to get in. The gloomy looking man on the door removed a thin branch from my lad presumably because he thought it could be used as a weapon. The food was pretty average and relatively expensive so a better idea would have been to take a few sandwiches and stuff. Then again we were in New York for Lordy's sake where the dollar is king and sandwiches are bought not made.
Top tips for visiting Central Park:
-Have a plan its a huge place!
-Take sun lotion on sunny days as you may be there for a few hours
-Take plenty of dollars with you; I didnt see any muggers there and there is plenty to spend your hard-earned on
-Wear comfortable shoes as you may be doing a lot of walking.
We probably spent around 6 hours at Central Park by the time we had spent out at the usual souvenir haunts and sore feet syndrome compelled us to return to our hotel. We had only scratched the rather large surface of a park that thoroughly charms the newcomer and provides a welcome haven from the capitalist drum beating of the city.
Venturing through the park would have uncovered other delights such as Belvedere Castle Discovery Centre(mid-park at 79th Street), Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre(mid-park at 81st Street), North Meadow Recreation Centre(mid-park at 97th Street) and the Charles A Dana Discovery Centre(North East Corner at Harlem Meer). Flanking both sides of the park are a cacophony of museums all demanding visitors to attend them. They include: American Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium (we planned to visit but ran out of time), Frick Collection, Institute of Fine Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Hewitt Museum, Jewish Museum, International Centre of Photography and the Museum of the City of N.Y. As you can see, you could spend several days in Central Park and still not see everything.
For music lovers, The New York Philharmonic orchestra are regular visitors to Central Park whilst a panoply of lakes and paths provide ample space to joggers and roller-bladers or even those just out to have a picnic or play ball (that's baseball in this part of the world).
Central Park slowed things down for us when they needed to be slowed down and really is an amazing place to visit. We adored the time we spent here and the sunshine added a pleasant angle to enhance a wonderful few hours. I would strongly recommend a trip to the park although with all the attractions and museums, chances are it will feature on any visitor's itinerary in some shape or form anyway. It may even put a break on your spending as you could theoretically spend the day there and never spend a cent(perish the thought!).
Thanks for reading this and any of my other opinions about New York. I really do have nothing left to say on the subject. Until I go again, of course.
www.centralparknyc.org. (highly recommended)
No visit to New York would be complete without a stroll in Central Park. This 843 acre park stretches from 59th St at it's southern most point to 110 St in the north - some 51 blocks! The park like any big city park provides an oasis of peace and quiet sometimes needed in a hectic city. It is only once you are in the park it's self you realize how big it is and peaceful. Only when you look at the tree line do you realize as you see the Skyscrapers peering throw that you are indeed still in a major city. But it definitely offers that much needed tranquility as well as some wonderful sights to see. If you compare it with say Hyde Park in London then it shines out as a park that has something for everyone and you'll understand why New Yorkers are so proud of their oasis in the madness that is New York. It was way back in 1856 that the New York city council paid some $5million for what was at that point swamp land after many of the city dignities had called for a park to be built on the lines of the great european parks in London and Paris. The park at this point was in an area of Manhattan that was largely unoccupied as most people lived below the 39th St level of Manhattan. Up until the opening of the park most New Yorkers if they wanted to experience a bit of greenery and rural ness took themselves off to the neighbouring borough of Brooklyn, their favourite haunt being the Brooklyn cemetery. With the approval of the Greensward plans in 1858, the long task of actually building the commenced. During this time some 500,000 cubic feet of New Jersey top soil was used.More than 4 million trees,shrubs and plants were planted - in total 1400 different species which laid the basis for the future. 36 bridges and archways were built along with 4 man made water ways - all linked into the city water supply. In total some 10 million cart loads of goods were hauled into the park. It is no wonder that it took 20 years to complete the oasis that is Ce
ntral Park. The park was a picture of grandeur on it's opening. Unfortunately as with any great park maintaince is the key. The elegance and some what opulent Central park by the 1930's was in a state of great disrepair and in need of a complete over due to neglect. It was only with the election of Mayor laGuardia in 1934 that broke the corruption of New york politics and in away saved Central Park from becoming a wilderness again. LaGuardia appointed the well known Robert Moses to take over the 5 New York park departments. Moses inherited a Central park that in his words was "lawns, unseeded, were expanses of bare earth, decorated with scraggly patches of grass and weeds, that became dust holes in dry weather and mud holes in wet ? The once beautiful Mall looked like a scene of a wild party the morning after. Benches lay on their backs, their legs jabbing at the sky." Within one remarkable year Moses managed to clean up the park even creating the area known as the grand lawn by emptying a derelict reservoir. Moses was to be in charge of the New York Parks department for some 30 years. During this time Moses who was not a great lover of Omstead's( the original park planner) vision of a rural haven. Moses preferred recreational activities so during his reign he added to the park some 19 playgrounds, 12 ball parks and the Wolman rink. Moses also managed to secure funding from rich benefactors to build the Hans Christian Andersen and Alice in Wonderland sculptures and the Chess and checkers house. Moses also renovated the Tavern on the green and the central park children's zoo during this period. Moses was to retire in 1960. This left the park without a defender. It also was the start of a 20 year decline in the park. the 1960's saw a park that was ravished by vandalism, concerts and peace rallies. the City council did little to maintain the park and it soon became a lawless place with broken fixtures, graffiti
and general neglect of the plant life in the park. It was no longer a place to go if you wanted to snatch a little bit of peacefulness. It was not until the late 70's when the action groups to save the park were finally acknowledge that something was done to once again save the park from becoming a vandalized wilderness. In 1980 the Central park conservancy was founded. The Central Park Conservancy throw out the 80's worked long and hard with the city council to save Central Park. Bonds were issued to raise money to restore the park and gradually the splendor was restored. The Central Park Conservancy has raised some $300 million during it's existence and has secured funding to maintain the park for another 20 years. No part of the park has been left untouched in their campaign to restore this park back to it's grandeur and opulence. Central Park is one of those parks that has something for everyone. Due to the nature of it's size a whistle stop tour is only going to give you a small taste of the park. Should you want to walk all the walk ways throw the park it would involve some 58 miles. Even a walk around the outer perimeters would involve a 6 mile hike! When I went in May all I wanted to see was the 2.5 acre site known as Strawberry Fields. A memorial to John Lennon. In all honesty I really wished now that I'd researched better what was actually in the park as it has so much more of interest. ~~Strawberry Fields~~ Location west side between 71st and 75th St. Yoko Ono, donated $1million to the Central Park Conservancy for landscaping and maintaince of this 2.5 acre tear drop shaped parcel of park land. This area was chosen as it was an area of the park favoured by the Lennon's as it is near to the Dakota Buildings where they lived. Strawberry Fields is a memorial to John Lennon.It was opened by the New York Mayor on 9th October 1985, what would have been Lennon's 45th birth
day. But unlike other memorials you might have seen to the former Beatle this is actually very tasteful. The only thing that makes it obvious that this area is associated with Lennon is an ornate mosaic with the word IMAGINE in the middle. It is a very tranquil place, designed to take notice of the original features there. The walk up to the mosaic takes you passed several rocky areas which luckily the designers saw fit to leave in place. A small plague shows the number of countries that have adopted the area as a so called peace garden. The area is also lined with great American elms, it gives you the impression of being somewhat higgledy piggledy but in all honesty I was grateful for that. I didn't want formal lawns or flower beds sown with plants spelling out Imagine or Lennon's name. As I said before my reason for visiting Central Park was solely to visit Strawberry Fields. It was whilst Iain and I walked across the southern part of the park that I realized how much more this park has to offer. The park is broken up into little areas each well signed posted. Along the way you'll also find many information boards telling you about certain attractions. The one thing I found was the fact this was a park for people, you'll not find any keep of the grass signs here! As you wander round the park you'll notice what is a rare sight in New York - children in buggies or toddling along holding a parents hand. You see people just enjoying playing a game and chilling out. Couples walking holding hands just enjoying the peacefulness ~~Bethesda Terrace~~ Location: Mid park North of 72nd ST It was whilst walking towards 5th Avenue that we came across the area known as the Bethesda Terrace. In the original plans Omstead had named this area the water terrace.It was to be an opulent area of the park with great walkways and wonderful ornate stone staircase leading down to a lake, at the centre of the lake was to be a fountain. A
ll of this can still be seen today in it's full glory.It was with the unveiling of the ornate Angel of the waters fountain ( sculptured by Emma Stubbins) that lead the area to be renamed the Bethesda Terrace. in an opening day leaflet a biblical quote likened the area to Bethesda and the fountain to a healing fountain to cure the sick of New York Should you ever find yourself in Central Park I really would suggest you visited this area yourself. My walk in the park really was a whistle stop tour of the southern end of this great park. Whilst researching this opinion I came across other fascinating areas of the park that one day I hope to go back and see. ~~The Carousel~~ Location Mid park at 64th St The carousel that now stands in Central Park is the 4th rebuild. when the first carousel was erected it was meet with some distain in some parts as it was thought that a commercial attraction would lower the tone of the park some what! ~~The Children's Zoo~ Location 5th Ave with 66th St. The entrance to the Zoo also has a beautifully ornate entrance gate known as the Lehman gate. Named after it's benefactors Governor and Mrs.. Lehman who donated the money in honour of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1960. ~~Mother Goose statue~~ Location: Near Rumsey playing field east 71st St. This ornate statue of mother Goose was first erected in 1938 and managed to stand the ravishes of time pretty well. ~~The Bow bridge~~ Location: mid Park at 74th St West of Bethesda Terrace. This sixty foot cast iron bridge has starred in many films. It was completed in 1862. ~~Alice in Wonderland sculpture~~ Location: east 74th st. This José de Creeft sculpture was erected in 1959. ~~Belvedere castle~~ Location: Mid park 79th St This was originally built as a Victorian folly, but is now home to the Henry Luce Nature Observatory. it is also next door to the out door theatr
e, which does plays during the summer months. ~~Conservatory garden~~ Location: 5th Ave and 105th St This area is know as the gardens of Europe in Manhattan it takes it's name from a big glass conservatory that stood on the spot until it was demolished in 1934. This area is also popular with wedding parties. ~~Lasker rink and pool~~ Location: Mid park between 106th and 108th St. During the summer months this is an open area pool. During the winter months it hosts an ice skating rink. I'm sure if I ever do get to go back I'll find further fascinating areas of this park as I wander round looking for all of the above. Photographs and history of all the above attractions can be found on: www.centralparknyc.org ~~Getting around the park~~ This obviously has to be done on foot to fully appreciate the beauty of the park. All walkways I found were adequately paved and sign posted in the most part. Some areas did have a gradual incline but none were too steep. The park does have internal roads, motor vehicles are banned during weekends.On weekdays they are banned from 10am-3pm and 7pm -10pm.But this does mean you could take a horse and carriage ride should you feel that way inclined. They can be found at the bottom end of the park near the 5th avenue and 7th avenue entrances. ~~Restaurants and toilets~~ There are 20 restrooms dotted all over the park. Most are free to use and the one I used was clean. You'll find various stalls dotted around the park along with 10 cafes and full Restaurants. the most famous being the Tavern on the green restaurant. ~~Websites~~ www.centralparknyc.org www.centralpark.org www.nyctourist.com/central_park1.html
I am writing this from an internet cafe in New York. I am on holiday, but I still feel the need to use the computer! That' s because I have just visited Central Park and felt that I must share it with people back at home who are thinking of going there... ...From almost any high point in Manhattan, what holds the eye the most is not the Empire State building or the Chrysler building or even the Statue of Liberty, but this huge rectangular green park right in the heart of this urban jungle. Central Park fills 843 acres and runs for about 50 city blocks between the Upper East and Upper West sides. The park was built on the decision way back in 1850 by the mayor because he felt that the only other thing New York needed was a large public park. This was a much talked about idea of the time as everyone felt it was appropriate. So, in 1856, the city paid $5 million for the piece of land which is well to the north of the city. This piece of land that was to become one of the most famous parks in the world was,at the time, littered with pig farms and used as a garbage dump. 2 years later, work began on the park. The parks design emphasised the natural form of the land: copses and rock outcrops were developed, and about 5 million trees were planted. Bridges were built to link the park with different places in the city. There were tree lined driveways for the wealthy to parade up and down with their horse drawn carriages, and footpaths for the working class to stroll along. The park was described as 'a specimen of God's handiwork'. Though now enclosed by buildings and with many monuments in it, Central Park is still a great escape from the busy city streets. The fifth avenue and upper west side apartment buildings that tower above the park simply add to the park's in-the-city effect. Getting lost inthe park is very easy, so make sure you pick up a map from one opf the many shops and st
alls that surround it; there are plenty of information desks along the outsides of it. From the south of the park, the first place to go to, as i did, is the Diary. This is a very romantic gothic style hut type place which was originally built in 1870 as a place where milk maid would serve up milk to mothers and young children, as this was a luxury at the time. This building is now used as the park's main visitor centre, which has some displays and examples of park walks. North of the diary, across the 65th Transverse, there is a place called the Sheep Meadow, which as its name suggests did once hold sheep during the park's earliest years. Here, you'll find numerous displays about the history of this place and its purposes. Now, if you walk just east of the Sheep Meadow, you'll find the beginnign of the Mall, which was one of the first completed sections of the parkand its only formal area. This is a tree lined avenue which is really popular for promenading along and will often be quite full of people. There is also some donkey riding and go-carting if you feels inthe mood for doing something a bit more active. If you go to the south of the Mall from here, you will find the Literary Walk, which has statues and information about Shakespeare, Robert Burns and sir Walter Raleigh as well as loads of others. Going north, the Mall leads to the COncert ground and the Numberg Bandshell, which are the places where live music and shows take place on most summer weekends, although there was nothing there this weekend, which was a shame. If you cross over the 72nd street transverse, you enter Bethesda terrace. Athte heart of this lies the elegant Angel of the Waters statue, which is probably the most famous statue inthe park. This statue was unveilled to commemerate the opening of the park way back in 1873. This also gave New York its first regular supply of fresh water. If you like water, th
ere is more of it directly north of the the terrace in hte form of a beatiful lake, appropriatley named The Lake. It is permitted to paddle inthe lake which is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer's day such as yesterday! The lake is very big and boats are available for hire on the waters edge for about $5 for half an hour. If you want to do something more enrgetic, cross the lake over Bow bridge (an original cast iron bridge and one of seven) to the Ramble. This 33 acre part of the park has bird houses and beehives, and good for bird watching if you like that sort of thing. Across from the ramble, there is a replica Scottish cast called Belvedere castle. It was apparently build for no reason other than for fun, altough it used to be used as a weather station. To the left theres a path leading to the Shakespeare garden and the Great Lawn which are full of many varieties of trees and flowers, but which also has concrete sports grounds, where people were playing basketball and inline skating. For other things to do, you can hire bikes, and skates from one of the kiosks spread around the park from $20 and you can also take horse drawn traditional carrige rides aroud the park if you dont want to walk- these are also with tour guides. Be prepared to use up a whole day just on Central Park alone as it is so big and there are so many things to see and do! There are a few places to eat and even a bar onthe park for lunch.
"Lookin' down on Central Park, where they say you should not wander after dark" sang Simon and Garfunkel in a famous live concert in the park back in 1981. Even nowadays, following Mayor Guiliani's extensive, and clean up of the city, you would still be ill advised to walk through the park after the sun's gone down, as areas of it are still unsafe. By day, however, the park is perfectly safe to walk through, and is enjoyed by both tourists and locals alike. SO, WHATS WITH THE TITLE? Well, for my money, no tourist attraction in the city of New York gives a better introduction to the ethos of the city than Central Park. It's here that visitors can see New Yorkers work, rest and play. Or, more accurately, to judge that the attitude that they bring to everything they do, work, work and work some more. New Yorkers don't come to Central Park to jog, they come to power-jog. You see them jogging around the park with a hands-free mobile phone kit stuck in one ear, a portable radio stuck in the other, with weights and sweat bands round their wrists and ankles, sweating profusely and yelling into the phone to change their 2.30. People don't play baseball, they play power baseball, taking the game so seriously that a casual observer might surmise that their life depended on it. Even power picnickers have gone to a lot of trouble to bring an extensive collection of chilled wines, sandwiches and good crockery. If you think that the massive green space of Central Park will be associated with a let up in the heady pace of New York life, you'll be surprised. However, having said that, if you do wander off from the larger, more popular paths through the park, you can find tiny oases of calm, within which you can escape the hordes, and finally relax in the city that never sleeps. HISTORY The park was created in 1858 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux on a shambolic region of the
city that was then a mess of quarries, pig farms and swampland. The park was designed simply for scenic enjoyment, and to create a pleasant place for New Yorkers to relax. In the light of the city's development, it is incredible that this huge green space located in the heart of some of the world's most expensive real estate has been tolerated as much as it has. GEOGRAPHY The area of the park is truly astonishing - a mammoth 843 acres; about one and a half times the size of London's Hyde Park. While this may not seem like such a great size, in the concrete surroundings of New York City, flanked by lines of skyscrapers, it seems considerably larger than its dimensions would lead you to expect. The Park extends from 5th Avenue in the East to Central Park West (8th Avenue) in the West, and from 59th Street in the South to 110th Street in the North. The A, B, C and D Subway lines run along the Western side of the Park, and the N and R lines both stop near the South-eastern corner of the Park. Most of the main tourist attractions in the Park are located in the Southern area, and are just a short walk from the shops of 5th Avenue. To the East of the Park, further up 5th Avenue (which is titled 'Museum Mile' along the stretch next to Central Park) are a series of New York's major museums - the Frick Collection, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and others. Probably the best views looking out over Central Park are to be had from the roof garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where you can buy overpriced drinks, and look across the Park towards Dana Barrett's apartment building from 'Ghostbusters', the celebrity-filled San Remo apartments, and the Dakota apartments (where 'Rosemary's Baby' was filmed, and in front of which John Lennon was killed). WOOLMAN RINK The southmost tourist attraction in Central Park is the Woolman Rink -
a skating rink restored in the 1980s by the seemingly inexhaustible coffers of Donald Trump. In the Summer, the rink is closed, and is just a massive concrete slab in the park. However, in Winter, the rink is iced over, and becomes a terrifically popular skating venue. The scenery is more impressive than that surrounding the Rockefeller Center skating rink, and the queue is a great deal shorter. The view from the area to the Northwest of the Woolman Rink, looking over it and beyond to the trees of Central Park, then beyond that to the skyscrapers, is one of my favourite views in the city of New York. THE DAIRY The Dairy is most visitors' first port of call upon visiting Central Park. It's an ornate Victorian Gothic building built on a small rise, and now serves as the park information centre. Personally, I wouldn't be in such a hurry to go there. Most tourists just visit to pick up a map of Central Park - which you can pick up from any of the information points around the park anyway, and to find out whether any events are happening in the park that day. If there is an event happening there, it'll usually be advertised on posters in all of the park's information points anyway. In addition to offering armfuls of leaflets, the Dairy provides an insight into the Park's cultural history, i.e. a collection of photographs of how the park used to look - much the same, but black and white, and with fewer joggers. If you haven't brought your own (and why would you have?), you can hire chess sets from here, to go and play on the boards set into the stone tables of the nearby "children's hill". If you do play chess, however, be prepared for an audience of locals keen to offer a running commentary of your perfomance! THE ZOO Just a little way north up the park (about level with 63rd Street), on the East side, is the Central Park Wildlife Conservation Center. This is well worth a visi
t, for the surreality of the surroundings. The Center is divided into two sections - the main part, featuring animals from around the world, and the Tisch childrens' zoo, with a collection of farm animals. I was certainly impressed by the presentation of the main part of the zoo, which had a great Tropical area, recreating the feel of a rain forest, complete snakes, crocodiles, monkeys, and a 20-foot waterfall! In the Polar Circle part of the zoo, visitors go into a room to see the penguins in an Antarctic recreation, complete with a large pool. In the central temperate region, baboons stomp around on an island surrounded by water, in front of a background of trees and buildings. In the Tisch children's zoo, visitors can buy food to feed to the zoo's collection of goats and pigs. Admission to both parts of the zoo is pretty good value at just $3.50 for adults, and $1.25 for senior citizens. STRAWBERRY FIELDS An obligatory pilgrimage must be made by Beatles' fans to the 'Imagine' mosaic in the western Strawberry Fields area of Central Park (about level with 72nd Street). The simple black and white mosaic, bearing just the single central word, 'IMAGINE' was installed in this once peaceful area of the park in memory of John Lennon, who lived in the Dakota apartments just across Central Park West from this area of the Park. This teardrop-shaped area of the park still retains something of a sombre atmosphere, with visitors leaving photographs, written messages, flowers, or lighted candles around the mosaic. The area itself is now an international peace garden, with 161 species of plant (one representing each country of the world at the time of the garden's establishment). BETHESDA FOUNTAIN AND THE MALL Moving East from Strawberry Fields can be found the enormous Bethesda Fountain. The terrace surrounding the fountain is the venue for many of the park's major events. Whe
n I first visited the park in 1999, it was the venue for an impromptu show by Tori Amos, for example. It's a very lively place, with a lot of street vendors selling drinks and ice cream, and a lively place to kick back and watch the world go by. The statue atop the fountain, the Angel of the Waters, was installed to mark the opening of an aqueduct system in the city in 1842, which brought the city a supply of pure water. This aqueduct system was also responsible for the adoption of the name Bethesda for the fountain - which refers to the Bethesda pool in Jerusalem, which was visited by a "healing angel" in the Bible. Leading South from the Bethesda Fountain is the Mall, a tree-lined boulevard invariably filled with in-line skaters and musicians. The Mall also seems to be a popular venue for fashion photographers - on one occasion when I walked down the Mall, two separate teams of photographers were snapping posing models. BELVEDERE CASTLE AND THE GREAT LAWN A little further North (level with 79th Street) is the austere looking Belvedere Castle, with its stark grey stone walls, looking out from a rocky outcrop towards the Great Lawn of Central Park. I haven't actually been into the Castle, but it is open from Wednesday to Sunday, and contains the Central Park Learning Center, where young folk can learn about the park's wildlife. Beside the castle is the Delacorte open air theatre, which puts on shows in the Summer. The Great Lawn to the North of the Castle is a popular location for New Yorkers to play games in the Summer months - particularly the ever-popular baseball. RESERVOIR Between 86th Street and 96th Street, Central Park is dominated by an enormous reservoir, which is surrounded by a 10-foot high mesh fence, and a popular jogging path, named after one of its most famous runners - Jackie Onassis. This is also one of the few places in Central Park which is safe to visit after da
rk, thanks to the large numbers of people jogging along it, and the heavy police presence. FAMOUS STATUES There are several famous statues in Central Park, which every tourist is semi-obligated to come home with pictures of. A bronze statue of Alice in Wonderland, accompanied by the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Dormouse can be found on the East side of the park, at the north end of a lake called Conservatory Water, about level with 75th Street. A statue of a seated Hans Christian Andersen can also be found near Conservatory Water, to the West side of it. A large obelisk stands in Central Park to the West of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, approximately level with 82nd Street. This was presented to the United States by the Khedive of Egypt in 1881. CAB RIDES I've never actually been on one of Central Parks famous horse-drawn carriages, but they remain a favourite with tourists visiting the city. Cabs can be picked up from the Southwest (Columbus Circle) and Southeast (corner of 5th Avenue and Central Park South) entrances to the park. CONCLUSIONS Central Park is a must-visit tourist attraction in New York City. Being a park, admission is free, so you can wander about to your heart's content, without adding to the cost of your visit - which will probably be great enough anyway, given how tempting the shops are in New York! There's a lot to see and do here and, of course, the opportunity to watch native New Yorkers power relaxing.
Ever since I was a child, I have always wanted to ride in a horse drawn carriage in New York's Central Park. My dream was realised in April 2000, when I was lucky enough to visit the New York City, for the first time. (I was researching information for my dissertation really!) Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux created Central Park in 1858, for the people of New York City. The land is initially unwanted granite. It took a lot of labour and around ten million cartloads of stone to create the splendid scenery seen today. My last morning in New York (Sunday) dawned; the sun broke over the city. It was as if the City was inviting my husband and I to pay a long awaited visit to Central Park. The air smelt somehow sweeter today and romance was in the all around. It was a beautiful spring morning. Having flown down the Hudson River in a helicopter, the day before and seen Central Park from the air. I knew the park was huge (like many things in New York City). Central Park is 843 acres of green, lush parkland, open to the residence and visitors of New York City. It is free too! On arriving at the park entrance, by the Plaza Hotel, a pleasant sight met our eyes as drivers with theirs horse and traps were being prepared for the day. In New York cars are not allowed to enter the park on Sundays so it is an ideal time to take the half our ride through a small part of the park. The driver was friendly and gave us a guided tour as we past sites of interest: The Zoo, The Ice Rink use in the Films Love Story and Home Alone 2. He also pointed out other site such as Jackie Onasis's apartments and the building used in Ghostbusters. By the way, cars are band from entering the park during the weekend, allowing the cyclist, right of way in the park. This makes the park a little safer for its users and also quieter too. There were pedestrians, cyclist and joggers, all engaged in their chosen activities. The softball courts w
ere all in use, with many a cry of 'Play ball!' Central Park, as well as being a beautiful large green and well maintained open space, allows the tourist to glimpse a small part of the American life and culture. As well as these activities there is area to play chess or croquet, sit and relax or even visit a Victorian Merry Go Round. **How to get there** Central Park is easy to find. It is situated in Upper West Side in New York City. The Subway using lines B and C, run along the full length of the park. Then there is the Bus; Routes M1, M2, M3 and M4, run along the outside of the park too. My favourite way is walking, but if that is out of the question, then there is always the ubiquitous Yellow Cab. ‘Taxi!’ **What to visit** There are many place including: Central Park Wildlife Centre The Dairy (A must as this is the Visitor Centre) Bethesda Fountain and Terrace Hans Christian Andersen’s Statue Bow Bridge Conservatory Water Belverdere Castle The Bronze of Alice in Wonderland Wollman Ring Strawberry Fields Conservatory Garden ** Horse Drawn Carriage Ride** The guide that took Shane and I round the park was helpful and friendly. He explained a little about the Park and pointed out areas of interest. The ride took about 20 minutes, but only showed us a small proportion of the Park. It was great fun and I would love to do it again, but when it is snowing. (I hear another trip to New York City calling again!). For me the ride was over all too soon. $35.00 a small price to pay for an enrapturing memory. The fee had been arranged prior to the ride commencing. So, if you visit New York take a ride in a horse drawn carriage on a Sunday morning. It is a romantic experience, which you will not forget in a hurry.
One of the highlights of my visit to New York was an early morning walk through Central Park. I never realised until I'd seen that we'd been passing it for ages, just how big it is, it's huge! We were strapped for time but it was an incredible experience. It was just unbelievable how quiet and peaceful it was... you almost forget you're in the madness of New York City.. until of course the skyline pokes itself over even the tallest trees. I was there in February so a lot of the trees were bare, the lake we went past was frozen over and there was early morning frost making everything shimmer. It was such a perfect "Christmas-card" scene and I'd definitely love to go back.
When I went to New York city, Central Park was not on my must-see list because there were so many other attractions and I didn't even have enough time to see them all. Also, I am not particularly interested in parks cause I've seen a lot of these in England. But my gang insisted that we should go so I had to follow. And it didn't disappoint me at all. Looking at the NYC map, you'll find that Central Park covers almost half of Manhattan. Therefore it's huge, and you definitely need a map or you'll definitely get lost. This is the place where New Yorkers go, after work, or on weekends, with families. You can do all sorts of outdoor activities in here. There are sports grounds, lakes, skating ground, restaurants, and paths with street performers and so on. It was summertime when we went there and the park was very crowded at some spots, especially at where the performers are and around the skating ground. It's an excellent place for pinic if you have plenty of time to kill in New York.
Stretching from 59th Street to 110th Street. Click on the website below to go on a photo tour of Central Park.