"Beauty amidst chaos" Central Park Tip by hubrys2000

Central Park, New York City: 61 reviews and 72 photos


Favorite thing: I would have to list Central Park, New York as one of my top 10 favourite places I have visited. It is not that everything about New York is good but for me Central Park alone makes it a city one must visit. The 843 acres of Central park stretches the length of 50 blocks of Manhattan from the Harlem Meer and North Woods in the north to The Pond and the Hallett Nature Sanctuary in the south. It encompasses 150 acres of water, the largest amount of which is the 106 acre Reservoir, officially known as the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, which is the centrepiece of the Park

Fondest memory: Central Park is so big it would be hard to imagine it ever to being crowded and the walkways and roads which cross this vast expanse were hosts to walkers, joggers, skaters and cyclists all taking in the natural beauty and savouring the opportunity to breathe the fresh air that was denied them amongst the streets and avenues of Manhattan. Women were walking baby buggies and prams. Some were even managing to combine their child-minding activity with a gentle jog. Male and female dog walkers were herding their animals of all sizes on multiple leashes whilst skaters zigzagged incessantly..
I used to love to sit on one of the many benches at the edge of a small expanse of water at the southern end of the park which is understatedly called ?The Pond? and is host to the most amazing looking birds. The Pond is shielded from nearby city noise by inspired landscaping and an expanse of thick shrubbery and trees. This idyllic place is overlooked by tall apartment buildings, which look like monsters overseeing their kingdom. The Pond is dissected by the Gapstow Bridge, which curves over its northern neck. The bridge makes an ideal place to take pictures of the Pond, its itinerant wildlife and its formidable backdrop.
A visit to the park is not complete without going to the Lake and the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace which is seen in so many films. The Lake which lies north of the 72nd Street driveway and is the largest accessible body of water in the Park, Sights around the Lake include the fountain, the Bow Bridge and the Loeb Boathouse from which at weekends come a multitude of rowers. There is a certain charm to this expanse of water mainly due to the rocky forested backdrop and the overhanging trees and its multi-curved shorelines. Once again the skyscrapers and high residential towers rise above the wooded areas to both the east and west creating an amazing contrast. It is not surprising that this is one of the most visited places in the Park

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  • Written May 20, 2006
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