The Heart of the City - Central Park
it's sitting on the bench at 59th Street and Fifth
Avenue near the the Pulitzer Fountain and the Golden
statue of William Tecumseh Sherman or wandering the
paths arm in arm, New Yorkers are in love... with
park is home to races and rallies for charities and
causes. The New
York Marathon ends in the Park. As night falls
in the summer, there's Shakespeare
in the Park. The Met puts on full al fresco opera
performances here and the Philharmonic plays under
the stars - all for free.
the day, it's a peaceful spot for a bag lunch and
a pool for sailing model boats. For kids there's a
Children's zoo, also a duck feeding pond. Central
Park is a great place to take your dog for a walk
or to walk with that very special friend.
Central Park opened, it has been a country haven -
first for the well heeled uptowners, but soon a subway
was built and the crowds from the tenements in Lower
Manhattan found a refuge there.
park was so popular that there were complaints from
the horsey set about children frolicking in the fountains.
The popular will prevailed, and the park was kept
open to all city residents.
love the horse and buggy rides - a holdover from the
earliest days. Many Manhattan couples take romantic
rides through the park as a prelude to a proposal...
and ride that white carriage as they leave the wedding
ceremony with their new partner for life. The drivers
are always happy to snap a group picture to capture
Major musical events are staged at one of the stages
or the bandstand, but not all of the activities in
Central Park are preplanned. Impromptu musical jams
happen all the time. Some around the Bethesda Fountain
- others just on the side of a path.
open spaces of the park are a perfect place to meet
other musicians and play whatever comes up. While
there aren't too many concerts around Strawberry Fields,
the section of the park that honors John Lennon's
memory, it must give some inspiration to the music.
spur of the moment jam sessions are sometimes better
than the huge productions. Not always though, a lot
of aspiring musicians practice their skills on the
patient ears of the Central Park crowds. Even the
less gifted usually go home with a coin or two tossed
into the hat on the ground. Little kids love to run
up and throw change into the pot. It doesn't really
matter how the music sounds.
shows and mimes keep the pathways busy and artists
stretch along the walk into the Park from 59th Street
and Columbus Circle. Many of the quick sketch artists
are students at New York art schools, earning some
extra money. Most of them are extremely talented.
Just take a look at some of the work as you walk by.
the Children's Zoo the face painters and balloon artists
are a temptation for every little visitor on the way
to see the animals. The ice cream and hot dogs sold
there are a quick pick me up for the family on a budget.
park is closed to cars on Sundays and the roadways
are reserved for biking and pedestrians. Some come
equipped with jogging suits and sneakers - others
just stroll at a leisurely pace.
riders, joggers and roller-bladers enjoy the car free
park. The experts - and not so expert - roller-bladers
cruise a section of the roadway set up with obstacles
to skate around. The audience has encouragement for
all levels of skating skill. And they do draw a crowd!
There's usually a boom box or two providing music
to skate by or to listen to as you watch the show.
the ice skating rink in the winter, the Carousel and
the Dairy, the wide open meadows and the lake to walk
around or row in. Boats are available for renting
if you're feeling adventurous and energetic.
79th Street Boat Basins A-dock are open for
strolling from Thursday Sunday until Labor
Day. This 370-foot long fixed pier will be open for
promenading from 3:00 p.m. to dusk on Thursdays and
Fridays and 8:00 a.m. to dusk on Saturdays and Sundays.
fields play host to official and unofficial games,
soccer is played in any of the open spaces as long
as someone brings a ball along ...
to 77th Street Station on Lexington Ave. Entrance
to the Park is at 79th Street & 5th Avenue.
59th Street. The Entrance to the Park is at 59th Street
& 5th Avenue.
to 81st Street. The Entrance to the Park is at 81st
Street & Central Park West.
to 79th Street. The Entrance to the Park is at 81st
Street & Central Park West.
to 59th Street (Columbus Circle). The Entrance to
the Park is at 59th & 5th Ave.
see -> Central
Park Photo Gallery
York's Most Romantic Parks