Pilgrim Hill

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I’m standing on “Pilgrim Hill” in NYC – a glorious spot, to be sure (near 72nd street and Fifth Avenue). Look how fantastically beautiful! Those gorgeous Cherry Blossom trees are in full bloom. Actually, Japan gave the U.S. over 3,000 trees as a token of friendship – back in 1912. (In different cultures, cherry blossom trees signify power, innocence,... Read More

The Obelisk

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The Obelisk is the oldest man made object in Central Park, also known as the Cleopatra’s Needle.  The monument standing 71 ft tall and weighing 244 tons took 112 days to transfer from Egypt to New York City.  On January 22nd, 1881 the Obelisk was turned upright while thousands turned out to marvel.  Egypt handed the monument in exchange for funds to modernize their country.... Read More

Cop Cot

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What a treat winter has been for New Yorkers this year. This February has been the warmest February on record.  Cop Cot in Central Park is one of the best places to take in this mild winter.  Cop Cot in Central Park is a beautiful little wooden rustic structure.  When you need a brake from New York City’s hustle and bustle, Cop Cot is your spot. Sitting on top of a hill looking... Read More

The Mall, Winter

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Strolling through the Mall during the winter is like walking through winter wonderland.  The Mall in Central Park is one of the most famous spots in the Park.  Known for being aesthetically beautiful, it is no surprise it’s been in so many incredible movie scenes. From the south end of the Mall called the Literary Walk to the North End right before you come to Bethesda Terrace... Read More

Sledding, Pilgrim Hill

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If you are passionate about skiing or sledding and you live in NYC, most likely you were at Pilgrim Hill today.  Known for having some of the steepest slopes, Pilgrim Hill is a winter delight.  The moment came and went pretty quickly as snow turned to slush by noon.  However, this did not sway New Yorkers who are used to moving fast and were going to opportune the limited time... Read More

Bow Bridge, Autumn

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It has often been said that autumn is one of the most romantic seasons in New York, so it’s not surprising that the Bow Bridge, one of the park’s most famous and romantic locations has been the silent star in many movie scenes, including films like Autumn in New York! This bridge whose walkway consists of South American hardwood is the second oldest cast iron bridge in America.  Measuring... Read More

Cherry Hill, Autumn

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One of the most spectacular places in the park in autumn is Cherry Hill, aptly named for the cherry trees on the slope of the Lake nearby.  The colors of fall can naturally be seen atop the trees as but are also beautifully reflected in 20-acres of water, the second largest body of water in the park so have your cameras ready. You can either enjoy the view from the outskirts on... Read More

Lake

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The Lake, Central Park’s second largest body of water (the Reservoir is the largest) spans about 20 acres and is centrally located between 71st and 78th streets. Before the creation of nearby Wollman Rink, the Lake served as a central winter gathering place and on one record day supported up to 40,000 ice skaters.   Though you can’t ice skate on it anymore, you can still enjoy... Read More

Belvedere Castle

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The Belvedere Castle is an extraordinary part of Central Park .  It was originally handed over in 1867 from the Croton Aqueduct Board to the park to look after it.  There have been several changes made through the years.  In the early 1900’s the Weather Bureau had its operations there and continued all the way until 1960’s.  The tower at the castle is the highest point in... Read More

Wollman Rink

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Skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park is a tremendous spirit lifting experience.  Hearing the skates glide across the ice with the wide open sky above is so exhilarating.  It’s a cross of some many special things; you have the Central Park South skyline, you get the feel of nature from the park, as well as the recreation of skating all in one, wow.  If you happen be... Read More

The Mall, Autumn

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As we begin the autumn season most people will be thinking of getting out to the country to witness the changing colors of the leaves known as fall foliage. But you don’t need to get out of the city to witness the beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow. Just step out into everyone’s backyard…Central Park. The park really does take on a different personality in... Read More

Gapstow Bridge

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The Gapstow Bridge is one of the most beautiful and romantic spots in all of Central Park.  Many movies scenes have been filmed here.  Known for its rustic stone structure, the bridge offers some of the best views in the park.  The Gapstow overlooks the Plaza Hotel, one of New York City’s most famous spots.  When you are standing on the bridge you get the feeling that you... Read More

Reservoir, Autumn

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When weather permits, exercising at the Reservoir in Central Park is quite the experience.  New Yorkers and Visitors, we are all in luck, aesthetically, Autumn is the best time of year to be in the park and to get cool weather like this is truly a gift.  Head over to the Reservoir and walk or jog the 1.58 mile track surrounding a 106 acre body of water.  If you think you have... Read More

The Pond, Autumn

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The East 62nd Street entrance to Central Park is home to The Pond. Located steps away from The Plaza Hotel, Grand Army Plaza and the 5th Ave Apple Store, this entrance offers a quick escape from the hectic rush of the holiday shopping season.  If you’re visiting NYC you’ll probably already have your camera in hand and you’ll be glad you do.  If you’re... Read More

Bethesda Terrace Autumn

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With just a week or two left to see the most incredible Autumn colors in Central Park, you need to get those cameras out and head over to the Bethesda Terrace.  This spot is the most photographed place in Central Park.  The fountain, also known for its Statue of an Angel, blessing the pool, where people from all over the world come to relax and observe.  Just beyond the Fountain... Read More

Model Boat Pond, Autumn

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Conservatory Water is the home of the remote control sailboats, and also known as the “Model Boat Pond”.  Conservatory Water offers spectacular views of the fall foliage all around the Pond.  In the reflecting water of the Model Boat Pond you can see beautiful and picturesque colorful fall foliage, as well as Upper East Side buildings. Bird watchers folk to this... Read More

Conservatory Garden, Autumn

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Just as the leaves begin to fall there are breath taking views at the Conservatory Garden.  The beauty of the garden remains with thousands of Korean chrysanthemums blooming during the Autumn Season.  It sits on six acres of land and is comprised of 3 garden styles – French, Italian and English.  The Conservatory Garden video was filmed on the last week of October and it... Read More

Olmsted Flower Bed, Autumn

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During the Autumn Season, the Olmsted Flower Bed is filled with beautiful colorful autumn plants. The flower garden was created in 1972 to memorialize the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted (1853 to 1878). The Olmsted Flower Bed is located at the Literary Walk on 66th Street, also known as the Mall. The Statue of William Shakespeare was the first Statue placed... Read More

Stroll Through The Mall

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Stroll Through The Mall, this walk in Central Park Mall is very famous and has been featured in many movies, such as the God Father, Vanilla Sky, Serendipity, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Big Daddy and Kramer vs. Kramer, as well as TV shows. Click here to learn more about The Mall. Video of Sammy at the Mall. Halo / Walking On Sunshine by the Glee Cast The Mall is also known as... Read More

The Mall

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The Mall is the most beautiful area of Central Park, as well as the most active gathering place for New York residents and tourists alike. The surrounding area of the Mall offers breath taking views of rows of American Elm trees and benches along side of the pathway.  This area is filled with street performers, skate boarders, rollerbladers, portrait painters, and lots of adorable... Read More

Strawberry Fields Forever

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John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England on October 9th, 1940 and died at 40 years old when his life was taken on December 8th 1980. He was one of the original Beatles and one of the greatest song writers of his time.  When you think of John Lennon, not only do you think of the Beatles, he was in image for “Love is all you need “ and Give Peace a Chance “.  John moved... Read More

Imagine

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John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England on October 9th, 1940 and died at 40 years old when his life was taken on December 8th 1980. He was one of the original Beatles and one of the greatest song writers of his time.  When you think of John Lennon, not only do you think of the Beatles, he was in image for “Love is all you need “ and Give Peace a Chance “.  John moved... Read More

Turtle Pond

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Turtle Pond in Central Park is a habitat for turtles (red-eared slider, snapping, box, painted, and musk turtles).  At sunset you can see the Belvedere Castle and trees over the lake with colorful sunset reflections, which is more beautiful than it is during the day.  Nearby Attractions: Belvedere Castle, Turtle Pond, Delacorte Theater, Shakespeare in the Park, Great Lawn... Read More

Harlem Meer

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Harlem Meer offers breath-taking landscapes and family related activities, such as catch-and-release fishing, two playgrounds, jazz and dancing in the summer. The Meer (“Meer” is Dutch for “Lake”) is a large body of water on eleven-acres of space, surrounded by some of Central Park’s most impressive trees: ginkgo, oak, beech and bald cypress. The Meer... Read More

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

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Charles A. Dana Discovery Center is a visitor center located at the Harlem Meer in the Northeast corner of the park.  This center offers nature workshops on wildlife and instructions for catching and releasing fish, as well as provide poles and corn-kern bait for the Meer. Nearby Attractions: Conservatory Garden, French Garden, Italian Garden, English Garden, as well as the... Read More

I Gotta Feeling

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Tonight, the Black Eyed Peas will be performing on the Great Lawn in Central Park to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation. The Black Eyed Peas are expecting up to 60,000 people to show up for this free concert event. You must have a ticket in order to enter 72nd and 5th avenue entrance. Location: Great Lawn in Central Park  Read More

All You Need Is Love

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“All You Need Is Love” is a song written by John Lennon – Music video of Sammy at the memorial to John Lennon in Strawberry Fields, by the black-and white mosaic called “Imagine”.  Video footage also includes Central Park, Conservatory Water, Cedar Hill,  Crape Myrtle Tree by Alice in Wonderland, and the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan.   Lyrics... Read More

East Meadow

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East Meadow spans six acres of green pastoral surrounded by the finest trees in the lawn. The Meadow is perfect for playing sports, picnicking, and sunbathing. The lawn re-opened on September 20, 2011 after a $3M restoration by the Central Park Conservancy. Nearby Tourist Attractions: Conservatory Garden, French Garden, Italian Garden, English Garden, Solomon R. Guggenheim... Read More

Bethesda Terrace

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Bethesda Terrace is known as the heart of Central Park, and offers breathtaking views of both the Lake and the Ramble.  It is on two levels, united by two grand staircases and a lesser one that passes under Terrace Drive and is connected to the famous Mall.  Bethesda Fountain is the central feature on the lower level of the Terrace, also known as “The Angel of Water”,... Read More

A Heart in New York

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Thirty years ago, on September 19, 1981 Simon & Garfunkel performed a free concert at the Great Lawn in Central Park. Over half a million fans attended. The Great Lawn has presented over the years some of the most popular concert events in the history of New York. Lyrics: “New York, to that tall skyline I come, flyin’ in from London to your door New York, lookin’... Read More

Summerstage

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Summerstage is a performing Arts Festival that’s free to the public held at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. JAGGED EDGE / MELANIE FIONA / CHRIS WALKER / FORCE MDS When: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 7:00PM For more details – Click Here! Checkout the Upcoming Events Calendar for this week. Location: Entrance to the Rumsey Playfield – from the East Side... Read More

Bank Rock Bay

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Bank Rock Bay is the narrow inlet of water located to the north of the Bank Rock Bridge that spans this narrow terminus of the Lake. This area is a popular destination for bird watchers. Location: West Side of the Ramble between 77th and 78th Streets.  Read More

Azalea Pond

Azalea Pond

Azalea Pond is a small pond known as the centerpiece of the Ramble, fed by the tumbling stream called the Gill. The Azalea Pond gets its name from the spectacle view of the blooming Azalea flowers surrounding the pond during the springtime. This area is a well-preserved natural habitat frequently visited by bird watchers. Things to See: Gill, Ramble (made up of 38 acres of woods... Read More

Balto

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The Statue of Balto is dedicated to the sled dog who traveled more than 670 miles through an Alaskan blizzard to save children from the diphtheria epidemic. Balto is a children’s favorite– remember the animated film (a true story) about the dog Balto? Balto was sculptured by Frederick George Richard Roth and placed in Central Park in 1925. Balto was a Siberian Husky sled... Read More

Crape Myrtle Tree

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The Crape Myrtle Tree (Lagerstroemia) is one of the most decorative trees in Central Park.  Located east of Alice in Wonderland and north of Conservatory Water. Located east of Alice in Wonderland. Steps away from the Conservatory Water. Heading to Cedar Hill to play with all the other dogs. Located: North of the Conservatory Water – East 74th Street.    Read More

Cedar Hill

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Cedar Hill is a picturesque pastoral meadow where you can have a picnic, sunbathe, people watch, or just sit under a tree and do some reading. The name comes from the red cedars on the hill, but there are other varieties of evergreen on the crest as well. During the wintertime Cedar Hill is one of the best places to go sledding, but Pilgrim Hill takes first place, since it has... Read More

Shakespeare Garden

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Shakespeare Garden in Central Park is filled with beautiful colorful flowers, which covers four-acres of plants that change according to the season. This garden is named after the English poet and playwright William Shakespeare, located near the Delacorte Theatre, where Shakespeare in the Park is held every summer.   Click Here to view Shakespeare Garden in June The garden... Read More

Swedish Cottage

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The Marionette Theater at the Swedish Cottage is one of the most captivating and memorable experiences a child can have in Central Park.  The Swedish Cottage transported from Europe to the U.S. in 1876 by the Swedish government as a Sweden’s exhibit at the Centennial Exposition, held in 1876 in Philadelphia. In 1877, Frederick Law Olmsted moved the cottage to New York City... Read More

Summer Flowers

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When sunrises Central Park is filled with people lying around, reading, eating, running, biking, walking their pets or just enjoying time with friends or love ones. The flowers in Central Park just makes the day a brighter place to be. Location: All over Central Park during the summer season.  Read More

Conservatory Garden

Conservatory Garden

Conservatory Garden is a formal garden in the park, with flowers and plants on 6 acres of land, comprised of 3 garden styles - French Garden, Italian Garden, and the English Garden. Conservatory Garden offers a colorful setting of flowers and plants throughout spring, summer and fall. English Garden is the most colorful spot in the park featuring the Burnett Fountain constructed... Read More

Conservatory Garden, English

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Conservatory Garden, English style is also known as the Secret Garden, because of the statue in the fountain pool, depicting Mary and Dickon from the classic book, “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849 – 1924), a children’s author. Nearby attractions: French Garden, and Italian Garden. The secret garden is filled with magnificent beauty and... Read More

Conservatory Garden, Italian

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Conservatory Garden, Italian style, which has a rectangular central lawn surrounded by elliptical jet fountain and the wisteria pergola, with clipped hedges of yews. Enter through the Vanderbilt Gate on Fifth Avenue and 105 street. Spectacular Elliptical jet fountain overlooking the large lawn and the scenic pergola. Maze of colorful plants, flowers and trees. Location: Enter... Read More

Conservatory Garden, French

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Conservatory Garden, French style has Three Dancing Maidens, Sculptured by   Walter Schott’s, which dates from approximately 1910.  It is also called “The Untermyer Fountain,” after the family who presented it to the City in 1947. Three Dancing Maidens fountain was given to New York City in 1947 by the children of Samuel Untermyer. The French style garden is... Read More

Conservatory Garden Fountain

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Conservatory Garden Fountain is surrounded by a rectangular large central lawn, and wisteria pergola, with clipped hedges of yews reflecting in the calm pool of the water. Spectacular view of the Italian style garden. Elliptical Jet Fountain on the east side of the iron wisteria pergola. This site is a popular for wedding photography. Location:Fifth Avenue and 105th street.  Read More

Vanderbilt Gate

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Enter the Conservatory Garden through the cast-iron Vanderbilt Gate at 105th Street and Fifth Avenue to the Central Garden. This Vanderbilt Gate, once served as an entrance to the Vanderbilt mansion on 5th Avenue, between 57th and 59th Streets, which is now the home of the Bergdorf Goodman department store. Nearby attractions: Conservatory Garden, French Garden, Italian Garden, English... Read More

Dairy Visitor Center

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Dairy visitor center is a charming cottage that now operates as the park’s gift shop and visitor center, offering guides and park information. This cottage was built in 1870, as a milking parlor. Visitor Information Center and Gift Shop Open: Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm Phone: 212-794-6564 Location: Mid-Park at 65th Street.  Read More

Central Park Zoo

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Central Park Zoo has many exotic creatures and different habitats, as well as exhibits. Animals include, Snow Leopard, Polar Bear, California Sea Lion, Snow Monkey, Indian Peafowl, and much more. Click Here for details. Delacorte Musical Clock between the Wildlife Center and Central Park Zoo. Location: East Side between 63rd and 66th Street.  Read More

Delacorte Clock

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The Delacorte Music Clock plays nursery rhymes tunes on the hour and half-hour between 8:00AM — 5:00PM – “It sits atop a three-tiered tower and features a band of whimsical animals: two bronze monkeys banging hammers against a bell; a penguin on drum; a hippo on violin; a bear and his tambourine; a concertina-playing elephant; a goat with pipes; and a kangaroo on... Read More

Loeb Boathouse

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Loeb Boathouse is located in the heart of Central Park, over looking the Lake, and steps away from Bethesda Terrace, Conservatory Water and the Ramble. You can rent a rowboat, bike or take a gondola ride, as well as have a romantic lunch or dinner at the famous Boathouse Restaurant. Boat and Bike Rentals – Details “Rowboat Rental Weather Permitting 10:00 AM TILL... Read More

Ladies Pavilion

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The Ladies Pavilion is a romantic victorian vintage overlooking the Lake. The shed was built in 1871, and designed by Jacob Wrey Mould (1825-1886), as a shelter for people waiting for the trolley at 8th Avenue and 59th Street. This 19th century American decor art structure relocated to Central Park around early 1900′s. See other Tourist Attractions and Central Park. Relaxing... Read More

Hernshead

Hernshead

Hernshead is a rocky opening overlooking the Lake, and steps away from the Ladies Pavilion. This area offers romantic views of the manhattan skyline, reflecting off the water. See other Tourist Attractions and Central Park. A great place to hangout with friends or read a book. One of the most romantic places in the park. Beautiful during the springtime and summer with blooming... Read More

Lake

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The 20-acre Lake is the second largest body of water in Central Park – the largest is the Reservoir. The Lake provides beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline reflecting off the water.  You can view picturesque scenes of the Lake from the Ladies Pavilion, Hernshead, Ramble, Cherry Hill, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, Loeb Boathouse, and the Oak Bridge. Central Park is a... Read More

Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill is on a slope overlooking the scenic view of the Lake, and the Ramble. The name Cherry Hill comes from the cherry trees on the slope of the Lake. The stunning views around the surrounding area makes it a perfect place for New Yorkers and visitors to sunbathe, read or have a picnic. There are benches around Cherry Hill for people to enjoy the scenery of the Lake, and... Read More

Wagner Cove

Wagner Cove

Wagner Cove is on the western edge, way down on a slope from Cherry Hill. The Wagner Cove features a rustic wood shelter for New Yorkers and visitors to rest and take picturesque scene of the Lake. Wagner Cove is a hidden gem of Central Park. Breath taking views of the Lake, and a great place to bring a book to read. Pathway to the Ramble. Location: Mid-Park at 72nd Street west... Read More

Bow Bridge

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Bow Bridge is one of the most beautiful designed cast iron bridges in the world. It spans out 60 feet across the Lake, connecting the landscape of Cherry Hill with the winding pathways of the Ramble. The Bow Bridge has been in many film shoots for movies and TV. The bridge walkway is constructed ipe, a South American hardwood. The Bow Bridge is named for its curve, and its the... Read More

Oak Bridge at Bank Rock Bay

Oak Bridge

Oak Bridge at Bank Rock Bay is a wooden footbridge crossing the Lake into the entrance of the Ramble. Originally constructed in 1860, designed by Calvert Vaux, and replaced in 1935, as well as restored over the years. View of the Lake from the Oak Bridge Location: West Side of the Ramble between 77th and 78th Streets.  Read More

Glade Arch

Glade Arch Bridge

Glade Arch is one of Calvert Vaux’s first designed bridges and arches in Central Park. This arch is used as a wide walkway for New Yorker’s and visitors - connected to Cedar Hill.  Frederick Law Olmsted (1853 to 1878) and Calvert Vaux (1824–1895), created the landscapes and scenery in the heart of the city Central Park. Location: East Side between 77th and 78th... Read More

Pilgrim Hill

Pilgrim Hill

Pilgrim Hill comes from a name of a bronze statue that stands atop of the hill. The statue is sculpted by John Quincy Adams Ward and it was a gift to Central Park by the New England Society in 1884. Location: East Side at 72nd Street steps away from Conservatory Water and 5th Ave. The Pilgrim Hill is the best place to go sledding in Central Park during the wintertime.  Read More

Robert Burns

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The Statue of Robert Burns was sculptured by Sir John Steell. Location: East Side at 65th Street on The Mall and Literary Walk.  Read More

Literary walk

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The south end of the Mall is called the Literary Walk, due to the fact that most of the statues are famous book authors along the walkway of the mall, such as William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, Fitz-Greene Halleck, and Walter Scott – but there are other famous men, including Christopher Columbus. Olmsted Flower Bed at the end of the Literary walk. Statue of William Shakespeare Springtime Statue... Read More