Central Park, New York City
Favorite thing: I Love Central Park!!! I love going and exploring the different areas of the park. What's even better is just sitting under a tree with a good book or even just doing some people watching. I forget I'm in a big city all together. So far Sheep's Meadow is my favorite spot....
During February 2005, NY was overcome with Christo (and Jeanne-Claude) fever. The world-renowned artists best known for wrapping things opened their NY project, "The Gates," along the walkways and entrances of Central Park.
It is an amazing project (at this writing, still 24 hours left of the exhibition, so if you haven't seen it yet, today's the day) that has brought New Yorkers together with the world community.
Fondest memory: A perfect gift to New York from Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
I like parks anywhere. And when it comes to city parks, Central Park is perhaps America's, if not the world's, most famous. A huge slice of trees, water and grass smack dab in the middle of NYC, Central Park begins (near midtown) at Central Park South (aka 59th Street) and continues on and on to the north, between Central Park West (aka 8th Avenue) and Fifth Avenue.
There's everything to do on a lovely NY afternoon in Central Park, including radio-controlled boats, walking and jogging, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Central Park Zoo, park vendors and artists, the Museum of Natural History, as well as the famous Tavern on the Green restaurant.
And most important, to me anyway, is the opportunity to do nothing except stroll and enjoy nature and fresh air. If I lived in NYC, I can guarantee that I'd spent lots and lots of my time in Central Park, perhaps near one of the reservoirs or lakes, enjoying the waterfowl.
Fondest memory: My wife and I just enjoyed watching the people of New York, both native and visitor, enjoying themselves in the gentle and graceful arena that is Central Park, the most famous slice of greenspace in urban America.
World-famous Central Park is a wonderful place to do your "roadwork", keeping in shape. (And if you've been eating at any of the recommended restaurants on my NYC page, you might want to add another couple of miles)
The park has literally miles of paths and roads throughout that are perfect for a tranquil or brisk walk. And if you're into sweat and speed, it's perfect for jogging as well.
But, one note.....I'd stay IN the park. The paths are level and safe for athletic activity. Jogging around the edge will present two big hazards.
First, there's the possibility of being smashed by traffic. Sometimes, you just are overwhelmed by the breadth and speed of NYC traffic. Getting yourself run over in the Big Apple wouldn't take a lot of trying.
And second, a lot of the park perimeter sidewalks are cobblestone and/or uneven brick. They'd be a great place to get yourself a sprained or broken ankle. Perhaps I should post some hospital suggestions for any of you who don't read or heed THIS tip.
Stay IN the park. : )
Fondest memory: A long morning walk through Central Park on a gorgeous Saturday morning last October.
All around the edges of Central Park, there are skads of artists offering their services to NYC visitors. Sure, some of their products tend toward the kitschy or souvenir, and that sort of thing certainly has its place.
But, some of these folks are quite talented. We met a nice Asian man who was doing charcoal drawings from subject matter as small as a wallet photo. He really seemed to do excellent work, putting an incredible amount of detail and expression into what is still essentially "fast food art". We decided to have him do a sketch of our oldest son, Jeff, all decked out in his college marching band uniform. When we returned some 45 minutes later to pick up the completed drawing, we were astounded as to how well it had turned out. It has made a very interesting addition to the bedroom of our boy, who is now away at college.
Fondest memory: As you can see from the photo, the artist rendered his creation from a tiny wallet photo that I carry. He charged us $40, which he stated was half-price, "special deal". From what I see, "half-price, special deal" was offered to all. : ) No matter, his work was very good, he was friendly, and we are enjoying his simple and yet expressive talent back home in Tallahassee.
As I say, these artists are set up all around Central Park. This particular fellow was doing his thing on Central Park South, just east of where it intersects the Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue)
You can walk into Central Park and it comes a moment when you see absolutely NO BUILDINGS, only trees, rivers and birds (don't do it at night, please!) This is what most amazes me about Central Park. You can be surrounded by skycrappers and 10 minutes later all surrouded by woods.
In the photo you can see the skating playground in winter.
CP goes from 59th Street to 110th Street and half a mile from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue and was the first urban landscaped park in the United States. Originally conceived in the salons of wealthy New Yorkers in the early 1850's, the park project spanned more than a decade and cost the city ten million dollars.
You can find inside numerous restaurants, playgrounds, the Metropolitan Museum, the Central Park Zoo, and Wollman Rink.
Favorite thing: The photo shows the Conservatory Pond at Central Park. The highrise apartments surrounding Central Park are considered prime real estate. The urban yuppies living in those apartments get to enjoy great city view, easy access to work, entertainment, and nature all within walking distance.
New York City is really a great city. As it is my expectations were high and they all fulfilled, I enjoyed my 5 days stay here and I wish I can return soon.
Fondest memory: Central Park, Grand Station at 42nd.st.
Times Square, Broadway.
Favorite thing: Every now and then you need some space.Especially living in New York. Take a trip to central park, and you'll find it. It really puts things in perspective. You'll forget that you're even in the city. There is music, food, art, wildlife, biking, and more. If you need to know where you are, just look up, and you'll know your in NYC.
I you go to NYC in the fall, Go to Central Park and look at those absolutley amazing colors on the trees. This was so pretty, I even brought some of the leaves home with me and they are permanently on display in my New York Scrap book.
This is like a whole new world, Central Park..... EVERY city should be REQUIRED to have one....
If you have extra time, spend some of it really checking out central park. You will be amazed at how many things are there that you have never thought. just some of the things I saw here were Restaurants, castles, ice skating rinks, beautiful bridges, a resevior, a lake...and on and on...
While exploring one day a friend and I heard this beautiful voice come up from nowhere, so we followed the sound and found this guy.. turns out, a couple of months later, He was on stage at the Oscars, apparantly someone had made a documentary on him and it won the oscar... so basically, I got a free "oscar winning" performance. He is THOTH... and his voice is brilliant.
Favorite thing: One of the highlights of NYC is finding the various green spaces that are strewn throughout the city. Of course, the most famous of these is Central Park, which is one of my favorite city parks in the world. The rolling hills, well-organized paths and views of the city are amazing. It's definitely a highlight of any visit to New York and a great way to take a break from a busy day of sightseeing.
Favorite thing: Buy a popsicle or an ice cream sandwich and relax on a bench while you watch other people be funny. There is no shortage of interesting people in Central Park....nor is there a shortage of interesting animals helping people to be more amusing. While the gnats can get annoying at dusk, there is shade aplenty for afternoon bench sitting.
This is a fun diversion, especially if you have kids. This "castle" is used as a weather station, it has a skinny stairway to the top, and it provides a lovely view of the park. There are informative displays and great photo opportunities. Also, the Ramble has an entrance close to the castle, so you can wander about in the closest thing to the wild you'll find in Manhattan proper.
It's easily accessible from the 79th street entrance, and it's right by the Shakespeare in the Park stage.
Fondest memory: There are many impressive views of this interesting town, but I was utterly delighted when I reached the roof of the Metropolitan Museum and saw this wonderful view before my eyes... Both with Central Park and the buildings as one only landscape... I loved it!