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. Abbiamo camminato le escursioni come lui mi ha mostrato gli uccelli di New York e mi ha insegnato la storia del parco. Needless to say, me e il prof non ha funzionato, but my love affair with Central Park grows stronger day by day. As a daily visitor, Ho messo insieme alcuni suggerimenti per la vostra visita al Central Park di New York City.
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Central Park Pro Tip: Se ci si perde, cercare un lampione. Cercare 4 numeri. I primi due vi dirà la strada più vicina. Se gli ultimi due numeri sono ancora, you’re on the East side; if they are odd, siete sulla 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, è un 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). Invece, wear a comfy pair of shoese preparatevi a sperimentare ciò che Frederick Law Olmsted e Calvert Vaux sognato in 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. Il parco misura 853 acri e 6 miles if you walk its perimeter. Needless to say, it may be a little difficult for you to decide where to go. Ti darò alcuni dei miei luoghi preferiti, 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. Le sculture alla base sono di 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, Amare, love!
- Merchants Gate Plaza cafe – Se siete in vena di un boccone economico e veloce, this is your spot. The kiosks are super cute (Victorian in style) and serve Gelato, smoothies, and pastries.
- Acquisti– 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). Dal 1864 al 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, scavalcare a Mineral Springs Padiglione Le Pain Quotidien.
- Ball Player’s House – If you forgot to bring food to Sheep Meadow, si può prendere pasti leggeri e rinfreschi qui.
- Le Pain Quotidien – If you go here early in the am, vedrete genitori Doggy di New York City in tutto il luogo. 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, Italia e allude a amata messaggio di 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, Non ho mai visto un gioco al Delacorte. Io semplicemente non hanno il tempo di attesa on line. But, se siete su 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. La vostra immaginazione fiorirà come si macchia piante provenienti da tutte le commedie del Bardo. Non è un brutto posto di colpire se non si effettua il taglio per i biglietti gratuiti al Delacorte.
- Public Fare – Carino piccolo caffè per afferrare una rapida colazione o il pranzo quando si è in attesa sulla linea al Delacorte o prendendo il sole al Great Lawn
- Romeo & Juliette andTempestasculptures – 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 del Tempest è raffigurato come potente e rigido ma circondato da caos. Miranda, molto più piccolo nella composizione sembra essere guidata da Prospero, coinvolto nella tempesta a causa delle sue scelte. I say, se non è possibile ottenere biglietti gratuiti, portare la vostra copia di ShakespeareCompleatFabbrica, prendere un posto nelle vicinanze, e lasciate che la vostra fantasia.
Arthur Ross Pinetum – (84th – 86th Street) There are 17 diversi tipi di pini in questo luogo ultimo picnic. Arrivare presto, e sarete in grado di rivendicare un paio di tavoli da picnic come si guarda alcuni uomini di fanatico belle battaglia per vedere chi può fare più pull-up.
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, si può godere i fiori di ciliegio e Rhododendron Mile. Questo è anche un luogo ideale per il bird watching, so bring your binoculars.
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The Pond: (Central Park South – around 6th Avenue) Talk about a great spot for photographs. On a sunny day when the pond is still, grattacieli di New York riflettono sullo stagno come aironi creare increspature sulla sua superficie. Se si visita qui, 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, ma non si vuole la testa troppo lontano uptown. If you go over the stone bridge on the north part of the pond, si attraversa verso Hallett Nature Sanctuary, è stato progettato per rispecchiare la natura, 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, Io non ti darò uno sguardo brutto. 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, ma non lo faihave 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 – Anche se non si paga per andare in zoo di Central Park, 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, quindi se siete alla ricerca di uno spettacolo, 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. L'orologio presenta sculture Frederick G. R. Roth, and from 8 am-5:00 ogni mezz'ora, the clock plays songs as a band of animals (a bear, hippo, goat, kangaroo, monkeys and penguin) keep play along with it.
- The Dancing Fontana Orso– Frederick George Richard Roth’s Dancing Bear will see you off as he dances with his friends the frogs.
- Zoo Tavolo per bambini –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, e altro.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – (5th Avenue between 80th & 84th Street) Yeah, non proprio unpart of the museum, but it’s right there….so you should see it. Inoltre, 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, NON devi pagare per entrare nel museo. Giusto. The museum asks for a voluntary donation. When I was in college and I lived on ramen, I would give a dollar, ma se non si dispone di un dollaro, just give 10 cents, è cool. Ora che sono una ragazza 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, il museo lo richiede il proprio tempo. It is huge, lovely, and has an amazing collection. Se non si va in, 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. E 'stato stato commissionato per Heliopolis in 1450 AC dal faraone in occasione del suo 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. La scultura è stata portata alla Fiera Mondiale in 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 posto re Jagiello in cima al suo cavallo mentre attraversa con aria di sfida il Grunwald Spade con aria di sfida sopra la sua testa.
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 tre fanciulle danzanti di Walter Schott.
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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. Ora è un bel sentiero a piedi con una vistaThe Lake. Est della fontana èCherry Hilldove è possibile impostare il campo, 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 arrivate daThe 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. Le piastrelle encausto di dell'Inghilterra Minton Tile Company sono colorate e di lusso. This is the only place where Milton tiles are used on a ceiling, un vero gioiello davvero. Come si guarda ai lati, you will notice lovely frescoes as well.
- Bethesda Fountain – Upon exiting the arcade, la vista sarà dominata dalla fontana di Bethesda da 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 sei a Central Park in estate, you may also see water lilies in the fountain (a 19th century practice). I quattro cherubini rappresentano temperanza, purity, health, and peace
- The Lake – Davanti a voi sarà il lago con vista sulCentral 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.
- Noleggio bici– 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. gondole Ora abbiamo anche ottenuto, so no need to suffer through Venice.
- Lakeside Restaurant – Non è economico, e probabilmente non sarà possibile ottenere in senza riserve, 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. Ho preso le persone alle Ramblas che diconohate New York City and that they could find nothing beautiful about it, e mi hanno ringraziato. 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, si incorrerà in un gruppo di ornitologi che saranno lieti di indicare la strada. So take a breath, relax, and enjoy the Rambles.
- Azalea Pond – The Azalea that grows in this area of the park is over 100 Anni. Se siete stati a Adirondacks, non stupitevi se si è improvvisamente ricordato di loro. This was exactly the idea. Se siete in birdwatching, this is the best spot.
- The Gill – Once you run into a bubbling brook, sei al 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. Ha usato il suo denaro e la sua influenza per fare in modo che le forze commerciali non hanno interferito con la visione di 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 di questa Edward Kemey è stato conosciuto per spaventare chi fa jogging di notte. Lui è molto realistico e minaccioso mentre skulks sua preda.
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, vedrete persone prendere il sole, playing frisbee, and picnicking.