My first tryst with Central Park was in college. I was dating a UMass Landscape Architecture professor (don’t worry, I was at Rutgers…he was not “my” professor) who looked like a cuter Donny Osmond. One of our earlier dates was a day at Central Park. Caminhamos os passeios como ele me mostrou pássaros de Nova Iorque e me ensinou sobre a história do parque. Needless to say, eu eo prof não deu certo, but my love affair with Central Park grows stronger day by day. As a daily visitor, Eu coloquei algumas dicas para a sua visita à cidade de Nova York Central Park.
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Central Park Pro Tip: Se você se perder, procurar um poste. Olhe para 4 números. Os dois primeiros vão te dizer a rua mais próxima. Se os dois últimos números são ainda, you’re on the East side; if they are odd, você está no West Side. For example: 9806 means you’re near 98th Street on the East Side.
When you come to NYC, I hope that you spend more than just a week here. Honestly, it would take you way more than just a week to get to know Central Park. It is huge, it is gorgeous, and it is the heart of our city. NYC would not function without it. It is where we go to unwind, meet with friends, to stay in shape, and to refresh our spirit. I hope that when you come to NYC, you do more than visit Strawberry Fields and take a carriage ride (skip the carriage ride, é um horrible industry – the horses work 9 hours a day, inhale exhaust all day, trot on super hard surfaces, and the rest of their day is spent in the saddest homes). Instead, wear a comfy pair of shoese prepare-se para experimentar o que Frederick Law Olmsted e Calvert Vaux sonhado em 1958 when they won the commission to design the park.
Central Park begins at “Central Park South” or 59th Street, and stretches all the way to 100th Street. O parque mede 853 acres e 6 miles if you walk its perimeter. Needless to say, it may be a little difficult for you to decide where to go. Vou dar-lhe alguns dos meus lugares favoritos, why I love them, and what you can do when you are there:
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Maine Monument: (West 59th Street at Columbus Circle – Merchant’s Gate entrance) This will probably be the easiest spot for you to find. It is at the southernmost tip of the park, and across from the Time Warner Center (if you love to eat, Time Warner Center houses Per Se, Masa, and A Voce – three of my favorite restaurants in the city). The Maine Monument was designed by (Jersey Born) Harold Van Buren Magonigle and honors American sailors who died in Cuba when the battleship USS Maine exploded. The reason for the explosion is still unknown, but there’s speculation that it was Spain (who soon after declared war on the U.S.). At the end of the war, Spain gave up Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines to the USA. This spot is always bustling with the energy of the city. As esculturas na base são por Attilio Piccirilli. The gilded sculpture at the top depicts Columbia in victory on a seashell charriot being drawn by hippocampi (a sort of mer-horse). The monument is gorgeous in composition and is even enhanced by running water. Love, love, love!
- Merchants Gate Plaza cafe – Se você estiver com disposição para uma mordida barata e rápida, this is your spot. The kiosks are super cute (Victorian in style) and serve Gelato, smoothies, and pastries.
- Compras– During the holiday season (Christmas & Hanukkah) pop up stores with arts and crafts appear here. Great spot for that one-of-a-kind gift.
Sheep Meadow – (66th- 69th Street) This is where New Yorkers go to stock up on Vitamin D (also the Great Lawn). De 1864 a 1934 there really were sheep there. Where did they sleep? None other than the building that is now Tavern on the Green. What to do in this lovely quiet space? You can picnic, sunbathe, fly a kite, paint….I’ll leave this to your imagination. And if you happen to need internet, passar por cima de Mineral Springs Pavilhão de Le Pain Quotidien.
- Ball Player’s House – If you forgot to bring food to Sheep Meadow, você pode pegar refeições leves e refrescos aqui.
- Le Pain Quotidien – If you go here early in the am, você vai ver os pais cãozinho de Nova Iorque em todo o lugar. Nice spot to grab a croissant, some pastries, and a coffee should you need a caffeine kick.
Strawberry Fields – (Entrance at 72nd Street across from the Dakota – runs along 71st – 74th Street) I’m certain that I don’t need to tell you too much about this spot. I would avoid this spot mid day. If you want to check it out, head over there early in the morning. It gets quite crowded and has plenty of people who are trying to sell you things. Not a favorite spot of mine during certain hours of the day. Just too many damned people taking pictures and blocking my way. If you get there at the right hour, it is absolutely lovely.
- Picnic – there are some nice spots to sit down and enjoy a sandwich around Strawberry fields. You can also check out the gorgeous rhododendrons all throughout the area.
- Imagine Mosaic – The mosaic was a gift from Naples, Itália e alude a mensagem amado de Lennon.
Swedish Cottage –(79th Street) The cottage was a model for pre-fabricated schoolhouses. It was shown at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philly where Frederick Law Olmsted saw it and decided it must have a home in Central Park. It is now the home to a marionette company that puts on fairy tales for kids. It is easy to imagine yourself as a fairy tale character in an unimaginable adventure as you walk past this gorgeous spot.
Delacorte Theater – (80th Street at the Great Lawn) Sadly, Eu nunca vi uma peça no Delacorte. Eu simplesmente não têm tempo para esperar na linha. But, se você estiver em vacay, and you want to catch free Shakespeare, get up early, bring a lawn chair & sandwich, and make the pilgrimage that every Shakespeare lover should make at least once in a lifetime.
- Shakespeare Garden – (79th-80th Streets) Adjacent to theSwedish Cottageand theDelacorte Theater is this gorgeous garden named after one of my favorite writers. Sua imaginação vai florescer como você mancha plantas de todas as peças do bardo. Também não é uma má local para bater-se se você não fazer o corte de bilhetes gratuitos no Delacorte.
- Public Fare – Bonito pequeno café para pegar um rápido café da manhã ou almoço quando você está esperando na linha no Delacorte ou pegar alguns raios na Great Lawn
- Romeo & Juliette andTempestadesculptures – The Delacorte pays homage to two of the bards best plays (and two of my faves). Hebald’s romantic couple is almost reduced to basic structure. It has a feeling of innocence and purity. Prospero da Tempest é descrito como poderoso e rígido, mas cercado pelo caos. Miranda, much smaller in the composition seems to be led by Prospero, embroiled in the tempest because of his choices. I say, se você não pode obter bilhetes gratuitos, deixar sua cópia de ShakespeareCompleatWorks, grab a spot nearby, and let your imagination run wild.
Arthur Ross Pinetum – (84th – 86th Street) There are 17 different types of pines in this ultimate picnic spot. Get here early, e você vai ser capaz de reivindicar algumas mesas para piquenique como você vê alguns homens bonitos lustre batalha para ver quem pode fazer mais flexões.
Jackie Kennedy Reservoir – (85th – 96th Street) Runner’s paradise. This 1 1/2 mile track can put even the most stubborn runner in the zone. The views are incredible. If you come by in Spring, você pode apreciar as flores de cerejeira e rododendro Mile. Este também é um ótimo local para observação de aves, so bring your binoculars.
CENTRAL PARK East Side
The Pond: (Central Park South – around 6th Avenue) Talk about a great spot for photographs. On a sunny day when the pond is still, arranha-céus de Nova Iorque refletir sobre a lagoa como garças criar ondulações na superfície. Se você visitar aqui, you will see locals sitting down with their pastels sketching the landscape early in the mornings. This is your spot if you want to get a little quiet time, mas você não quer ir muito longe uptown. If you go over the stone bridge on the north part of the pond, você vai passar para Hallett Nature Sanctuary, ele foi projetado para espelhar a natureza, and you will see quite a diverse amount of flora and fauna.
Central Park Zoo: (Walk North from the Pond, it will be between 63rd & 66th Streets) O.K., I admit it. I am a hypocrite. I am not a fan of animals in captivity, but damn it I love my zoo. I haven’t been there since high school (which was a long time ago) because I just can’t support zoos, but I love walking through in the mornings when I walk my dog. If you decide to go, Eu não vou dar-lhe uma aparência desagradável. They created a very nice environment for their animals, and when Gus (RIP) started showing signs of distress, they did all they could to make his life a little better. Tickets will cost you around $18 for an adult, and $13 for kids, mas você nãohave to pay to enjoy the zoo.
- The Dancing Goat Fountain – He will gaily welcome you to the Zoo with his dance as ducklings play with water at his feet. The dancing goat was “born” in Brooklyn at Frederick George Richard Roth’s workshop in the 1930’s.
- Dancing Crane Cafe – If you happen to get hungry, this is your spot. Nothing outstanding, but it will do the trick.
- Sea Lion Pool – Mesmo se você não pagar para ir para o Central Park Zoo, you can catch a glimpse of the Sea Lions. They are super cute and super playful. They are fed each day at 11:30 am, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm, por isso, se você está procurando um show, this is the time to go.
- Delacorte Musical Clock – If you love Legend (with Tom Cruise before he went crazy, Mia Sara, and Tim Curry) as much as I do, then you will find this spot magical. O relógio apresenta esculturas de Frederick G. R. Roth, and from 8 am-17:00 a cada meia hora, the clock plays songs as a band of animals (a bear, hippo, goat, kangaroo, monkeys and penguin) keep play along with it.
- The Dancing Fountain Urso– Frederick George Richard Roth’s Dancing Bear will see you off as he dances with his friends the frogs.
- Zoo de mesa infantil –A little boy (who I assume is Pan) welcomes little ones as he dances with goats and plays the pipes. Here, the little ones can play with alpacas, pot bellied pigs, and more.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – (5th Avenue between 80th & 84th Street) Yeah, não é realmente umpart of the museum, but it’s right there….so you should see it. Besides, it is my favorite museum in NYC and one I gladly support (if you live in NYC, membership is totally worth it – tax deductible, you get invites to lectures and special events, you get a discount on purchases, and you can go there & to the Cloisters as many times as you want). That being said, VOCÊ NÃO TEM que pagar para entrar no museu. Está certo. The museum asks for a voluntary donation. When I was in college and I lived on ramen, I would give a dollar, mas se você não tem um dólar, just give 10 cents, é legal. Agora que eu sou uma menina grande, I support the museum with my membership (and all my purchases) and urge those who are able to to do so. The Met does not have its art stolen as so often happens at other museums and they have some really cool programs. As with Central Park, o museu requer seu próprio tempo. It is huge, lovely, and has an amazing collection. Se você não ir, head to the back of the museum and check out two super cool sculptures:
- Cleopatra’s Needle – This obelisk actually came from Egypt and is the oldest man made piece in Central Park. Ele foi foi encomendado para Heliopolis em 1450 BC por faraó em comemoração do seu 30 years reign. It is not in the best of shape, but it is simply breath taking.
- King Jagiello (Poland) – We got this equestrian statue by pure chance. A escultura foi trazido para a Feira Mundial em 1939. It was a replica of one that was turned into bullets for the war by the Germans. Since the Nazis invaded Poland, the Polish Government had it placed in Central Park as a symbol of the courage of their people. The composition is great. Stanisław K. Ostrowski colocado Rei Jagiello cima de seu cavalo enquanto ele desafiadoramente atravessa a Grunwald Swords desafiadoramente sobre sua cabeça.
Conservatory Garden: (Entrance at 5th Ave between 104th-106th Streets) This is a magical spot. The Conservatory garden is divided into three micro gardens: English, French, and Italian. The entrance is marked by the Vanderlbilt Gate which was crafted in France and once welcomed visitors to the Vanderbilt Mansion. If you need a place to ponder and relax, this is one of the best spots in the city. Stop by and enjoy the flowers and sculptures in the park which include Bessie Potter Vonnah’s tribute to Frances Hodgson Burnett (who wrote The Secret Garden), e Três Donzelas da dança por Walter Schott.
Petey Playing with his friend Claude near the Bow Bridge by the Lake
MID CENTRAL PARK
Cherry Hill – (at 72nd Street) – This is a lovely secret spot for relaxation. The spot with the Cherry Hill fountain was once used by carriages to turn around. Agora é um caminho a pé adorável com uma vista deThe Lake. Leste da fonte éCherry Hillonde você pode montar um acampamento, read a book, and forget that you are in one of the busiest cities in the world.
Bethesda Terrace – (at 72nd Street) – This is one of the loveliest spots in the park. It is amazing that at one point it was a cesspool of crime. Today you’ll find a few homeless people sleeping in Bethesda’s gorgeous arcade (yeah, the homeless are slowly becoming an issue in NYC) but for the most part they tend to leave you alone. Spend a good amount of time here.
- Bethesda Arcade – Se você está vindoThe Mall, start by going down the center stairs. This will take you to the arcade where you can delight at the Minton Tiles. This arcade looks like it belongs in a mansion in Newport and not in a park. As telhas encaustic por Minton Tile Empresa da Inglaterra são coloridos e luxuoso. This is the only place where Milton tiles are used on a ceiling, uma verdadeira jóia de fato. Como você olhar para os lados, you will notice lovely frescoes as well.
- Bethesda Fountain – Upon exiting the arcade, a exibição será dominada pela fonte Bethesda por Emma Stebbin. Bethesda, the angel of the waters holds a Lilly (the flower represents the purity of water and the fountain represents the Croton Water System – super important to NYC at the time). Se você está em Central Park no verão, you may also see water lilies in the fountain (a 19th century practice). Os quatro querubins representam temperança, purity, health, and peace
- The Lake – À frente de você será o lago com vista para oCentral Park Boat House.
- The Side Stairs – Turn around and head back up the side stairs. Jacob Wrey Mould designed these gorgeous high reliefs of birds and foliage that bring you back to summer even in the coldest New York winter.
The Loeb Boathouse –(74th & 75th Street – easier to get to from the East Side) If you’re near the rambles or Bethesda Terrace, you need to make a pit stop at the boathouse. It is, after all, one of its greatest landmarks.
- Aluguel de bicicletas– Bike rental will cost you anywhere from $9 per hour to $50 per day. Totally worth it. This will help you cover more ground.
- Boat Rental – You know you want to. Heck, I want to. Boat rentals are available from April to November. They take cash only and cost around $13 per hour. gôndolas Agora temos até, so no need to suffer through Venice.
- Lakeside Restaurant – Não é barato, e você provavelmente não vai ficar sem reservas, but this is one of the loveliest spots to dine out in NYC. There’s also an outside bar AND a take out cafe that has very affordable (although sub par) options. The takeout cafe is a good place for a quick and easy breakfast sandwich.
The Rambles – (73rd-79th Street) To the left of the Boathouse takeout cafe is the entrance to the Rambles. You will get lost here, and you will love it. Eu tomei as pessoas às Rambles que eles dizemhate New York City and that they could find nothing beautiful about it, e eles me agradeceu. Once in the Ramble, you will suddenly realize that you see no buildings and hear no noise except for the chirping of robins and scuttle of squirrels. You may panic, as you realize that you have no idea how to get out, but just at that moment, você vai correr em um grupo de observadores que de bom grado vai lhe mostrar o caminho. So take a breath, relax, and enjoy the Rambles.
- Azalea Pond – The Azalea that grows in this area of the park is over 100 years old. Se você foi ao Adirondacks, Não se surpreenda se de repente você está lembrado deles. This was exactly the idea. Se você estiver em birding, this is the best spot.
- The Gill – Once you run into a bubbling brook, você está no Gill. Also a great spot to check out some of the 275 species of birds that like to spend time in NYC.
- Iphigene’s Walk – Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger is one of the reasons that Central Park has retained its splendor. Ela usou seu dinheiro e influência para se certificar de que as forças comerciais não interferir com a visão de Olmsted e Vaux. We can thank her for keeping our park alive and saving it from a fate like Penn Station’s (you can check out pics of the original building here).
- Still Hunt: pantera de este Edward Kemey tem sido conhecida a assustar corredores à noite. Ele é muito realista e ameaçadora como ele se esconde sua presa.
Belvedere Castle – (79th Street) Belvedere Castle has one of the most beautiful views in the city. It overlooks the Turtle Pond, the Great Lawn, and The Delacorte Theater. It also makes me feel like a 6 year old girl dreaming of princesses, knights, and unicorns.
The Great Lawn – (79th-85th Street) This is the ultimate NYC spot. In the mornings, you’ll see dogs walking around the path leash free as their “parents” sip on coffee from Public Fare at the Delacorte. Mid-day, você vai ver as pessoas se bronzear, playing frisbee, and picnicking.