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"Bow Bridge" Central Park - Bow Bridge Tip by nicolaitan

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.

Address: Spanning the Lake
Directions: Mid-Park at 74th St., west of Bethesda Terrace,
Phone: (212) 310-6600

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  • Written May 4, 2007
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