Central Park, New York City
Central Park is a beautiful green oasis in the centre of New York.
It was so much more beautiful than I expected. We were there in spring, there were flowers everywhere, the grass was green and sun was shining.
We walked through the middle of the park, past the fabulous old Carousel, and we were amazed by the hundreds of people who where relaxing on the lawns, soaking up the sun.
We also enjoyed a fabulous lunch and some wine at the bar by the boat house in the centre of the park (see tip under Restaurants).
Central Park is such a contrast to the rest of the city, and a perfect place to relax after a hard morning of site seeing or shopping.
Lining the west margin of Central Park is NYC"s most famous residential architecture. It is the site of the Museum of Natural History ( designed by Vaux and Mould) as well as the New York Historical Society.
The Dakota, at W 72nd Street, is perhaps the most famous as the home of John Lennon and Yoko Ono as well as many other celebrities and as the site of the movie Rosemary's Baby. But it is not the most striking, an accolade given the towered buildings. The San Remo is considered the most beautiful with its 10 story towers on a 17 story base. The towers are capped by Roman Style temple structures with Corinthian columns. The Beresford, also imaged, is distinguished by three towers and two major facades, one facing the park and the other the Museum of Natural History. These three are the most famous, although other towered residences include the Century and Majestic.
Strawberry Fields is a Ten-thousand square meter memorial to Lennon on the western border of Central Park in the near of Dakota house, home of the former Beatle and wife Yoko Ono. It is a triangular garden with the IMAGINE mosaic in the middle, built and dedicated as a tribute to Lennon. There is also a plaque that names the 121 countries - among others also Hungary - identifying Strawberry Fields as a Garden of Peace, due to John Lennon's dedication to peace efforts.
It is one of the many memorials where people are gathering on every anniversary of his death, to commemorate him.
John Lennon, the founder of The Beatles, was shot dead 8th December 1980.
The 36 acre Ramble is the most wild and untamed appearing feature of Central Park, yet other than the rocky outcroppings it is totally artificial and planned, one of the most remarkable creations of the original planners. The unplanned and seemingly untouched wild area is totally designed. Even the small creek, the Gill, which runs down to the Lake is artificial with water flow controlled by a faucet.
New York City lies along a major bird migratory path and more than 270 species of birds have been seen in the Ramble, along with raccoons and other small wildlife. It has been rated one of the 15 best birdwatching sites in the United States and draws large numbers of birdwatchers identified by their binoculars travelling both singly and in groups. The Bow Bridge is a very popular gathering place for birdwatchers. For instance, up to 20 species of warblers have been seen here. Many types of specimen trees and shrubs contribute the untamed appearance of this site.
Central Park - this vast, lush 843-acre park was designed in the 1850's by journalist and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Calvert Vaux. It took 20 years to complete the scenic hills, lakes and meadows, but over the years the park has further blossomed with an amazing amount of plant species. Central Park is scattered with playgrounds and quiet spots but also offers a myriad of sporting and cultural activities. There's something for everyone here, whether you're into sports, birdwatching, or just want to take a stroll along the park's lovely lanes - or simply read a book on a bench and forget you're in hectic New York City for a moment.
I'll cover some spots I went to (e.g. Strawberry Fields, the Bow Bridge, Sheep Meadow) in my off the beaten path tips, but Central Park is so huge it's just not possible to do it all in one visit - I have yet to discover some beautiful spots there, myself.
Check the official Central Park website for detailed maps, info and pictures of all of Central Park's lovely spots.
Since central parkis so huge and grant, some kinda rules has to be implemented... so be patience when reading the long list of rules... good luck mate!!
I wonder the puppies and the doggies understand these rules... Don't think so... they seem to be peeing everywhere.. and mating in public... Hmmmmm!!!
Oppss.. Mr Horsey is also in the park...Beware of their POO POO!!!
Your in New York you gotta go to Central Park just for a wander around enjoying the fact that you are in one of the most bustling cities on the planet yet feel like you are in some country park.
Only that when you look up you see towering Skyscrapers, strange.
If you ain't been before then you will be surprised at how exspansive Central Park is, in a word its huge. Anyway just go here and chill, maybe take some nice food with you and have a picnic if the weather suits.
Central Park is one of the great city parks in the world. Much like Hyde Park in London, it truly is the centerpiece of an already compelling jumble of architectural styles. Oddly, it had completely eluded me aside from driving by it a few time en route to West Side dive bars in the 80s. It took a German girl to get me to explore it even though the plan was to go to the Metropolitan Art Museum. It was such a gorgeous day we wound up just walking through the entire park and then nearly 100 blocks down to the Village. We would have liked to see it in winter but time did not allow us to return. Maybe some day....
Central Park features multiple small playgrounds for local toddlers donated by supporters of the park including one by Diana Ross. The Pat Hoffman Friedman playground at E 79th St, like all the others, offer swings, sandbox, monkey bars, and slides for the young ones. It is distinguished by a popular bronze entitled the Group of Bears crafted by Paul Manship and placed in 1990 at the opening of this playground. Manship is most famous for the Prometheus statue at Rockefeller Center. Note - Central Park playgrounds offer no services, even trash buckets.
Central Park is a lush oasis in the middle of Manhattan and is easily a local favorite for all that it provides. Grab some sandwiches at a local deli (there's practically one on every corner of every block) and head to the Park for a picnic. The weekends are most crowded, but it's when the Park really seems to come to life. Stop off at the Whole Foods in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle (59th St. and Columbus Circle/8th Ave.) for your choice of gourmet-style foods (hot and cold) already prepared or made to order, fresh baked bread, a great selection of cheese, and a variety of smoked/cured meats like prosciutto, serrano ham, etc. But you can pick up sandwiches, snacks, etc. from any deli (there's just about one on every corner throughout the city!) or take your food "to go" or just buy a famous "dirty water" hot dog from one of the many vendors you'll see. If you're on a budget, this is a great way to grab a bite and still see/experience a treasure of NYC.
Or, just head to the Park and take a walk through the zoo, ride the carousel, row a boat on the lake, listen to music at Summerstage, stroll through Strawberry Fields, watch the rollerbladers and rollerskaters show off their skills, take a jog around the reservoir, see Shakespeare in the Park...or just lay on the grass and read a good book, marveling at the fact that you are right in the middle of Manhattan, yet without all the noise and hustle, you feel a world away. If you don't want to do the work, but would like to relax on a boat in the lake, make a reservation for the gondola at the Boathouse. You'll get a little history lesson and perhaps be serenaded by the gondolier. $30 for 1/2 hour.
Yes yes I know, a bit lame and yes I do tend to know most of the 'Friends' series' off by heart, but it would have been fun to have seen it! Anyhow, we walked all the way up from the United Nations to the Upper East side where we entered Central Park from. It was however already 7pm and it was so dark we couldnt really get a feel for it. What I did appreciate the most though was the fact that you can run through it, take leisurely walks, have fun with your children or maybe a romantic walk with your loved one...
You may wonder why I was so taken by the park, and its all because here in China you dont really get to do any of that. There are so many people that its virtually impossible to find a small area of land just for yourself, and also here in the People's Rebublic, you are not allowed to step on the grass, so that takes away any pleasure of having a picnic somewhere! We saw lots of parents with their children who were all wearing ice hockey outfits and so we followed them and ended up at the ice skating rink where I think there was a private party for them. They looked so excited and ready to jump out onto the ice, which if you have read my other tips you will know doesnt interest me whatsoever! But it was fun to watch anyhow.
When you live in crowded concrete jungle, even a small little piece of land with less than 10 treess , a few benches and a small pond is labelled a park... so can u imagine how many parks NYC actually has ?
You might not be aware that New York City is the greenest city in America. NYC has 52,938 acres of park/open space out of 197,696 total acres (26.8%).
Central Park in Manhattan’s is one of the largest in the list of the city’s ten largest parks. There are more than 750 different native species of animals and plants throughout the five boroughs, including the endangered peregrine falcon, the sharp-shinned hawk, and white tailed deer.
There are many free guided park tour which are free . These parks also attracted many migrating shore birds to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s 10,000 acres.
Walking along central park , does not only give you a sense of peace.. especially the local who lives in this fast pace city...
Look around you , everything is happening so fast that we seldom realize where we are going... have you thought about the road ahead? Or are we just living life blindly.. letting the wind drift us to somewhere new...
The road ahead is not always as beautiful and calm, and most of the times its bumpy and has sharp turning...
But among the many road that I have walk, this road in central park welcomes me with the carpet, although not red in color...being able to walk on it means alot to me.
Here we enjoy the lake in the middle of Central Park. You would think you were a hundred miles from all the hustle and bustle of the city. Yet serene and placid waters serve the multitudes who come here to rest and enjoy the peacefulness...and quiet of the park. I congratulate all who created the park and continue to maintain it as an oasis for the city dwellers. It was a welcome treat for me to be amongst the trees for a while.
Finally found it! I've looked for the castle before, but finally found it on this trip. Lovely little structure with a phenominal view from the tower. It overlooks the lakes where hundreds of people gather to relax on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Gosia was startled to see this wonderful statue of King Wladyslaw Jagiello of Poland sitting atop his steed in Central Park, New York! We haven't discovered why the statue was placed here or who the artist was who carved it. He's quite majestic, however, and seemed to draw a fair amount of attention from passersby....which pleased Gosia so much. He overlooks the Turtle Pond.
Lots of folks enjoy the park....seems to bring out the romantic in everyone. My son and his wife sit near the castle which overlooks this lovely lake. On the far shore, you can see the hundreds of people basking in the sunshine. Central Park is truly loved.
Snow and Central Park, a perfect combination. Everybody is happy and walking around in central Park. You can take lots of beautiful pictures. It's so wonderful. We've seen it on December 14th 2003. We will never forget the views, they just look like postcards.