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Central Park Boat Landings

When Central Park was opened in the 1860’s, there were 6 boat landings built around the area known as the Lake. The Lake covers 18 acres and was once a swamp that Olmsted and Vaux designed to hug the natural rock outcrops. Passenger boats were able to pick up and drop off passengers at the 6 landings, as well as the steps leading to the Bethesda Terrace & Fountain. Each landing was unique to the area along the lake. The largest boat landing...

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Top 10 Locations to Visit on the West Side of Central Park

Central Park is beautiful in all seasons and weather. No matter how many times you walk through the Park, there is always something new to see and discover. As every New Yorker knows, there has been a lifelong battle of the west side vs the east side. This blog will take you through a walk of some of the highlights of what to see on the west side of Central Park, starting at Columbus Circle and working up to the...

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10 of The Most Popular Movies Shot in Central Park

In 1908, Vitagraph Studios shot the very first movie in Central Park:  the first film version of Romeo and Juliet made in America. Since then, close to 350 movies have been filmed there, making Central Park the most filmed location in the world. This does not include aerial shots of the Park, TV shows or commercials. In honor of the  Central Park Conservancy’s upcoming annual Film Festival running from August 24 – 27 this year, we have prepared a list of our...

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10 Things to Know About the Central Park Hallett Nature Sanctuary before visiting.

Central Park’s Hallett Nature Sanctuary opened to the public this past spring officially, for the first time since 1934. 1.  Brief History The area of the park was preserved decades ago by former NYC Parks Commissioner Robert Moses. It was restored as a bird sanctuary in the 1980s, with the intent that it would develop naturally and maintain itself. It didn’t. Instead, the invasive vine wisteria took over the area and began suffocating the native trees. The Central Park Conservancy’s gardeners and volunteers...

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Belvedere Castle

In 1867, Central Park designer and architect Calvert Vaux (1824-1895) created an observation tower atop Vista Rock to overlook the old reservoir that is now the Great Lawn. The original plans included another elaborate two-story structure on the site of today’s pavilion, but due to financial concerns, construction was halted and the castle was left as it appears today. The Castle was created as a landmark for pedestrians as they strolled through the park. The flag at the top of...

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An Easy Winter in Central Park

This past winter has been the second warmest on record. Meteorological winter is a three month period that runs from Dec 1st to the end of February. It is the coldest three month period of the year in the northern hemisphere. Astronomical winter is what we all refer to when we talk about the winter season and is based on when the sun reaches the most southern point on the globe, the Tropic of Capricorn, on Sunday March 20th. Now that the...

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Cherry Hill

Calvert Vaux’s original designs called for an Italianate exhibition hall and a round, classical temple for Cherry Hill. Instead Cherry Hill, designed by Jacob Wrey Mould, was created in 1860 to be a turn-around for carriages, and became a popular gathering spot in the 19th century. An ornate fountain was built, and was used as a watering trough for the horses. It was refurbished in 1998. Cherry Hill recieved its name from the cherry trees that bloom across its landscape in...

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Bow Bridge

After having been closed this past spring 2015, the Bow Bridge re-opened in the fall. Crafted of cast iron, it was designed with Classical Greek refinement during the mid 19th century by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould . Found mid-park at 74th Street, west of Bethesda Terrace, the bridge spans 60 feet with a walkway constructed of ipe, a South American hardwood that turns a rich deep red when wet. In 2008, eight three and a half foot tall planting urns were returned...

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Top Spots To Capture The Colors Of Fall In Central Park

Top spots for photographers to capture the colors of Fall in Central Park. Some people think that Central Park is at its most beautiful in autumn, when the leaves turn into a light show of gold, brown and shades of red that can only be found in Mother Nature. Just as in spring when the trees come alive with color, the fall is also a feast for the eyes, and it quickly becomes a photographer’s delight. Leaves change color normally...

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Top 10 Places To Cool Off In Central Park

Where should you go when the temps start to soar in New York City? Central Park, of course. When it gets too hot to picnic out on the Great Lawn or Sheep Meadow, or when you want to exercise but it’s too hot to run the Reservoir or the loop, you can still enjoy the great outdoors and be safe in the hot weather. Below are some of our suggestions on where to cool off in Central Park, or even where to...

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Iconic Concerts in Central Park

Concerts have been a major draw to Central Park since its founding. We thought we’d give you a little rundown of some of the top concerts the park has hosted. In doing this, we’re not making a judgment call – one man’s Demi Lovato is another man’s Beethoven. We get it. We chose to feature these performances because they were the most highly attended in the history of the park, and some of the most highly attended in the history...

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