Central Park - Bow Bridge, New York City

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  • Central Park’s Bow Bridge, NYC, September 2012
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  • Central Park’s Bow Bridge, NYC, September 2012
    Central Park’s Bow Bridge, NYC,...
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  • Central Park’s Bow Bridge, NYC, September 2012
    Central Park’s Bow Bridge, NYC,...
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    The Romantic Bow Bridge

    by von.otter Written Mar 20, 2013
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    “Love is the bridge between two hearts.”
    —English Proverb

    Called the Bow Bridge, this cast-iron span crosses 60 feet of Central Park’s Lake. This Victorian confection measures a total of 87 feet; and links Cherry Hill with the extensive woodland known as the Rambles. This is the first cast-iron bridge in Central Park and the second oldest in America. The bridge’s comes from the its resemblance to an archer’s bow.

    Calvert Vaux, one of the Park’s two principle architects, and Jacob Wrey Mould designed the Bow Bridge in a style influenced by classical Greek art. Located at the middle of the park at 74th Street, west of Bethesda Terrace, the bridge’s walkway is made of ipe, a South American hardwood that turns a rich deep red when wet. Many say that the Bow Bridge is the most romantic in the Park. It has played starring role in such movies as, “Manhattan,” “The Way We Were” and “Keeping the Faith,” as well as television shows, and commercials.

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    Bow Bridge

    by nicolaitan Written May 4, 2007

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    One of Central Park's most famous landmarks is the Bow Bridge, named for its resemblance to an archer's bow. It spans a narrow 60 ft. segment of The Lake connecting the wild unsculpted Ramble to the highly decorated Cherry Hill. It is a cast iron structure created by the same company that created the dome of the Capitol in Washington DC. The walkway is of South American Hardwood.
    Designed by Calvert Vaux and his assistant Jacob Mould, its position is perfect for watching rowboats in the lake or observing the great buildings lining the park on Central Park South and particularly West. Its curves and ornamentation have earned it the honor of being one of the world's most famous cast iron bridges. Considered one of the most romantic spots in New York City, it has appeared in numerous films and is a particular favorite of Woody Allen. On image 5, note the birdwatchers checking out The Ramble -- the Bow Bridge is one of their favorite vantage points.

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    Bow bridge

    by SnoopySue Written Jan 11, 2005

    Bow bridge in Central park is one of the park's seven original cast-iron bridges and is considered one of the finest. The bridge offers nice views of the park and the buildings bordering it on both the east and west sides.

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    The choice of many photographers.

    by Dutchnatasja Updated Oct 29, 2004

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    Bow Bridge

    Bow Bridge is one of the most romantic spots in Central Park, overlooking the Lake. It has been the setting for wedding proposals, classic film shoots, and the choice of many photographers who want to capture one of the signature design features of Central Park.

    Take your time when you are in Central Park. Not only walk around in the park, but try also to relax, sit down and read a book. Talk to people who are doing the same. Taste the atmosphere of this beautiful and serene area of New York.

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    Central Park: Bow Bridge

    by pili Updated Jun 27, 2004

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    Bow Bridge

    Bow Bridge is one of the most romantic spots in Central Park. The bridge is located west of Bethesda Terrace connecting Cherry Hill and the Ramble, at mid-Park at 74th St.

    Bow Bridge es uno de los más romanticos lugares del Central Park. El puente está ubicado al este de la terraza Bethesda, conectando Cherry Hill y la Rambla, en el medio del parque, en la calle 74

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    Bow Bridge

    by hundertmorgen Written Jan 5, 2004

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    This is the famous Bow Bridge.
    The cast-iron span is a popular location for movies, TV, and modeling shoots.

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