The Obelisk

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.  A time capsule was buried beneath the Obelisk which included the bible, a US census, works of Shakespeare,... Read More

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869, it’s one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions.  People come from all over the world to visit the Museum.  It is gigantic; it covers four city blocks between 77th and 81st on Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.  You can get lost in this place, but have no fear because wherever you land you see something incredible and educational.  It’s no wonder that public schools... Read More

Cop Cot

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 upon Central Park South, You are reminded you are still in the city but you can take in the tranquility... Read More

The Mall, Winter

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 is a strip of winter dreams.  There is nothing like it in all of Central Park .  The beautiful... Read More

Sledding, Pilgrim Hill

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 they had.  People were pretty creative with how they were going have fun and take full advantage... Read More

Looking Back at 2011

Sammy is a little kid at heart exploring New York City, like watching a family tour NYC for the first time. Whenever we prepare his traveling bag for the day he starts spinning in circles with excitement. Every adventure that Sammy goes on is met with the same enthusiasm as if it was his first. Sammy is very mischievous and rambunctious but sweet and considerate at the same time. It’s the perfect combination. He is there to make people happy with his bubbly personality and... Read More

Bow Bridge, Autumn

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 60 feet, it connects Cherry Hill on one side of the Lake to the trails of the Ramble... Read More

Cherry Hill, Autumn

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 the many benches around the hill or from the many walking trails located at the foot of the hill. You’ll... Read More

Belvedere Castle

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 Central park .  The amazing thing about the Castle is the views.  Staring out north from the castle... Read More

Wollman Rink

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 in NYC over the next week or so, then you are in for a treat.  Right about now the trees surrounding... Read More

The Mall, Autumn

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 the autumn months and of particular interest is the area known as The Mall. This long straight path... Read More

Gapstow Bridge

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 are on a movie set, it’s like a story book that you once read about and now you are actually seeing... Read More

Reservoir, Autumn

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 seen fall foliage, think again until you have seen this.  The trees circling the water are showered... Read More

The Pond, Autumn

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 a local, make a point to bring your camera to The Pond and be a tourist in your own city. Reds and... Read More

worst damage to Central Park in 30 years

The unprecedented storm on October 29th, damaged nearly half of Central Park and over 1000 trees. This was the worst damage to Central Park in 30 years. The freezing, wet, heavy snow, held on tight to leaves that had not yet fallen for winter causing pressure on fragile branches. The Central Park Conservancy has been working hard all week to make sure roads are safe for runners and spectators for the NYC Marathon this coming Sunday. Half a million dollars in damage is expected... Read More

Conservatory Garden, Autumn

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 shows magnificent display of flowers and trees reflecting in calm pools of water. This is Central... Read More

Olmsted Flower Bed, Autumn

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 in the Literary Walk in 1872. Located in the Mall, Literary Walk on 66th Street, East Side. Autumn... Read More

Stroll Through The Mall

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 the Promenade. Literary Walk by the Olmsted Flower Bed.  Read More

The Mall

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 dogs.  The Naumburg Bandshell is located within the Mall, concerts are held here throughout... Read More

the City that never Sleeps

Why sleep is so important even in the city that never sleeps. Sleep is essential for a person’s health, just as eating, drinking and breathing. It is imperative to restore the body and your emotional state everyday.  Sleep literally resets your mind each morning.  It is no surprise that when you get a great night sleep you think more clearly and are more centered. Try to go to bed approximately the same time every night. Plain and simple, make sure you get your required sleep... Read More

Give Peace a Chance

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 to New York City in 1971 and eventually settled into Greenwich Village.  John and his wife Yoko Ono... Read More

Strawberry Fields Forever

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 to New York City in 1971 and eventually settled into Greenwich Village.  John and his wife Yoko Ono... Read More

Pumpkin Festival Central Park

The Annual Pumpkin Festival in Central Park will be held on Saturday, October 29, from 11:00AM – 3:00PM at the Bandshell. The Pumpkin festival offers a haunted house, pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, performances by the Puppets, live entertainment and much more.  This is a family-friendly festival that celebrates the fall harvest season in New York City, Central Park. Free activities include: *Fright Night at the Movies Haunted House–our spooktacular haunted house is... Read More

Halloween: Bats At Belvedere

Halloween: Bats At Belvedere Castle will be held on Friday, October 21st from 5PM until 6:30PM. “Search and learn about bats in Central Park and then scan the Great Lawn’s horizon for them in this interactive lecture with Dr. Bill Schutt, local bat expert, biologist, and author of “Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures.” Find out about White Nose Syndrome, see bat houses and the mist nets used to capture bats for scientific... Read More

Harvest Festival Tavern on the Green

The Scene @ Tavern will be presenting a Harvest Festival where you can get ideas on fall cooking and demonstrations, as well as Halloween ideas from master pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon.  Kids can get their faces painted and decorate mini pumpkins. This Event is for Sunday, October 9th between 11:00 AM and 1:15 PM: Checkout other Upcoming Events for this week. Highlights! Fall-themed cooking demonstrations with Chef Frankie Celenza, featured on NYC Media Cooking demonstration... Read More

Turtle Pond

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 and Cedar Hill. Sunset  - This spot in Turtle Pond is east of Belvedere Castle. Visitors and... Read More

Harlem Meer

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 is located at the Northeast corner of the park by the Dana Discovery Center. Nearby Attractions:... Read More

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

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 Vanderbilt Gate. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center offers free community programs and seasonal exhibits. Location:... Read More

I Gotta Feeling

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

9 to 5

Happy Monday! Have a great week everyone… Video footage includes Central Park, Conservatory Water, The Pond, Gapstow Bridge, NYC Informational Center, Battery Park City, Union Square and Hudson River Park. ‘ Music by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5  Read More

Autumn in New York

Autumn is my favorite time of year in New York City.  I love the crisp, cool weather, and the smell of fresh air. Stay tuned for all my adventures in Central Park, as the leaves start changing colors and falling through Central Park. Music by Beatles The first day of fall is on Friday, September 23, 2011  Read More

All You Need Is Love

“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 by the Beatles Lennon/McCartney "Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love. There's... Read More

My Dog Loves Central Park

Central Park Paws will be Hosting its 9th Annual “My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair”  This event will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Bandshell in Central Park. Last year 8000 people showed up to this event, along with dogs wearing tutus, dogs in tuxedos, dogs riding in carriages, dogs dressed like Christmas trees, and there were lots of dogs barking too! So if you LOVE dogs – this event is for you! PAWS President,... Read More

Bethesda Terrace

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”, and one of the most photographed fountains in the world. Nearby locations: Ramble, Bow Bridge,... Read More

A Heart in New York

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’ down on Central Park Where they say you should not wander after dark New York, like a scene... Read More

Great Lawn

The Great Lawn has presented over the years some of the most popular concert events in the history of New York. The lawn is 55 acres of green pastors where people play softball, soccer, frisbee, as well as picnicking, and sunbathing.  On September 15th, Andrea Bocelli performed in Central Park at the Great Lawn for 60,000 people. If you missed the concert it will air December 2nd at 9 PM as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Last night people laid out their blankets, brought... Read More

Italian Culture in Central Park

Casa Barilla will be presenting a four-day celebration of Italian food and culture in Central Park from September 13-16. Casa Barilla will feature interactive cooking classes, food and culture workshops, children’s activities and more! Checkout the Upcoming Events Calendar for more events available for this week. Casa Barilla opens on Tuesday, September 13 and runs through the afternoon of Friday, September 16. Tuesday, September 13 – 10am to 8pm Wednesday, September... Read More

Summerstage

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 on 5th Avenue either 69th or 72nd st. From the West Side enter through 72nd St. and Central Park West... Read More

Bank Rock Bay

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 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 and forest like confusing trails). Location: Mid-Park in the Ramble at 76th Street.  Read More

Balto

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 dog. Balto was born in 1919 – March 14, 1933. Location: East Drive and 67th Street    Read More

Mary J Blige

Mary J Blige will be performing at the Rumsey Playfield on September 2nd, 2011 in Central Park. Checkout the Good Morning America Concert Series Schedule. Location: Entrance to the Rumsey Playfield – from the East Side on 5th Avenue either 69th or 72nd street. From the West Side enter through 72nd Street and Central Park West and walk towards the Mall.  Read More

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz the hit singer will be performing outside at the Today Show Plaza on September 2nd, 2011.  Today Show concerts are free and open to the public. Today Show Concert Series Schedule. Location: 49th Street and Rockefeller Center  Read More

CPC Film Festival

The ninth annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival presents 5 free movies featuring a music theme (rock, country, salsa, jazz and soul). From August 23rd until 27th, bring your own chairs and blankets, and watch free outdoor movies on a big Screen under the stars in Central Park. Tuesday, Aug. 23: El Cantante Wednesday, Aug. 24: Bird Thursday, Aug. 25: Dreamgirls Friday, Aug. 26: Shine a Light Saturday, Aug. 27 “A Star is Born” or “Coal Miner’s Daughter”... Read More

Cedar Hill

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 the steeper slope in the park.  The Glade Arch bridge is also located at the bottom of the hill... Read More

Shakespeare Garden

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 is filled with flowers and bronze plaques with quotations from William Shakespeare masterpieces. The... Read More

Swedish Cottage

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 on the west side of Central Park. In 1947, this quaint cottage became the home of a traveling marionette... Read More

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks will be performing at the Rumsey Playfield on August 26th, 2011 in Central Park. Checkout the Good Morning America Concert Series Schedule. Location: Entrance to the Rumsey Playfield – from the East Side on 5th Avenue either 69th or 72nd street. From the West Side enter through 72nd Street and Central Park West and walk towards the Mall.  Read More

Taio Cruz

Taio Cruz will be performing at the Rumsey Playfield on August 19th, 2011 in Central Park. Checkout the Good Morning America Concert Series Schedule. Location: Entrance to the Rumsey Playfield – from the East Side on 5th Avenue either 69th or 72nd street. From the West Side enter through 72nd Street and Central Park West and walk towards the Mall.  Read More

Conservatory Garden Fountain

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

Andrea Bocelli Live

Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park September 15th – Click Here for details. Checkout the Upcoming Events Calendar for this week. Location: Mid-Park from 79th to 85th Street.    Read More

Dairy Visitor Center

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

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

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 horn”. Click Here for more details. Location: Delacorte Clock can be found between the Wildlife... Read More

Loeb Boathouse

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 DUSK $20 Cash Deposit $12.00 per first hour $2.50 per each additional ¼ hour or portion thereof 4 persons... Read More

Ladies Pavilion

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 by the Lake and enjoying the view. It’s a beautiful place to sit and read a book. Location: West... Read More

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 flowers around the area. Location:West Side between 75th and 76th Streets.  Read More

Lake

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 world of magnificent beauty, serenity and endless wonder. View of the Lake on the west side of Central... Read More

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 the Bow Bridge. Cherry Hill Fountain Nearby locations: Bethesda Terrace, Lake, Bow Bridge, Ramble,... Read More

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 of Cherry Hill.  Read More