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

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

Washington Square Christmas Tree

The Washington Square Association Tree Lighting Ceremony is December 7th at 6pm.  The Washington Square Christmas Tree stands 45 feet high and will be situated under the Arch, what a sight to see. Lights will be on from 4pm – 1am right through the holiday season.  Wednesday December 7th, the Rob Susman Brass Quartet with children and adults will be singing holiday songs.  This has been a tradition over at Washington Square Park for many decades now.   The first time a tree... Read More

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The 2011 Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes is going on now through January 2nd, 2012, if you are in NYC during these weeks it is highly recommended that you go see this show.  This is the show’s 79th year where they will set the bar for the holidays. Everybody knows nobody does Christmas like New York City; Radio City Music Hall is one of the holiday staples in this town, not to mention it’s a half a block from the most famous Christmas tree in the world... Read More

Park Avenue Tree Lighting

The Park Avenue Tree Lighting held their 66th Annual lighting on Sunday December 4th.  This tradition started way back to 1945 in honoring men and women who lost their lives in World War ll.  Now it it’s a symbol for all who have died defending our country as well as the holiday season.  The lighting will take place at 6:30 PM and will be followed by a ceremony outside the Brick Presbyterian Church at 91st Street and Park Avenue.  The lights will remain lit until mid January... Read More

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

The 74 foot, 75 year old Norway Spruce is going to be ready for its close up! On November 30th the tree will be more than spruced up with 30,000 LED environmentally friendly lights, and topped off with Swarovski crystals, 25,000 of them to be exact, in the shape of a star. The tree lighting ceremony draws a crowd well into the tens of thousands and that’s not including the at home viewers watching the broadcast across the globe. To be sure you get the most spectacular view,... 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

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

57th Street SnowFlake

The UNICEF Snowflake has been a New York City tradition since 1984.  It is a gigantic crystal ornament that resides on the intersection of 57th St & 5th Avenue.  Everybody at one point in their lives has thought of stars in sort of a dream sense.  However, when you are approaching the Snowflake from either direction you would swear that you are on another planet traveling right next to a star, only you are in NYC.  This Snowflake is 23 feet in diameter, 28 feet high and... 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

Bethesda Terrace Autumn

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 is the park’s Lake where a lot of people do some row boating and take photos of this beautiful... Read More

The Christmas Tree has arrived at Rockefeller Plaza

The 74-foot Norway spruce made its way from Mifflinville, Pa, to Manhattan today. The 75-year-old tree weighs 10 tons and it was donated by the Keller family.  The holiday season in NYC is a magical time and the Rockefeller Christmas tree is at the heart of it all.  The tree will be lit on Wednesday November 30th.  There will be approximately 30,000 lights on the tree. Tony Bennet and Justin Bieber will be performing for NBC’s annual live Christmas tree lighting ceremony... Read More

Model Boat Pond, Autumn

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 area to spot the Red Tail Hawks that sit on an Upper East Side Building on 5th Avenue.  This area... Read More

New York City Marathon

The New York City Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the world. It’s been one of New York City’s biggest annual events every year since 1970.  The Runners travel through all five boroughs of New York City.  They start in Staten Island and end up in Central park with crowds of people cheering them on.  People from all over the world come to run in this marathon.  There are approximately 100,000 people annually that apply to run in the race, over 300 million people... 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

Washington Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

The Washington Square Park Halloween Dog Parade will be held on Sunday, October 30, at 1:00PM.  Dress up your dog and participate in the Halloween Dog Parade at Washington Square Park.  Checkout the Upcoming Events for other events. * Dog Costume Parade * Prizes for the Best “Homemade” Costumes * Raffle Prize Drawing * Face Painting for the kids * Treats & More $5.00 admission fee, Kids are free Location: University Place and MacDougal St, Waverly place, and... 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

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

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

Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt (1928 – 2007) was one of America’s most inventive and influential artists that created significant Art work in two and three dimensions. His art sculptures are currently on display around City Hall Park. Nearby Attractions: City Hall, Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, TriBECA, 9/11 Memorial , The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Ground Zero, and St. Paul’s Chapel. LARGE MODULAR CUBE, 1969 Splotch 15, 2005, resembling a bunch of Crayola crayons... 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

East Meadow

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 Museum, Museum of the City, and El Museo del Barrio. The grass is finally greener on the Upper East... 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

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most incredible landmarks in all of New York. The Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River.  It was built between 1869 and 1883 – its 5,989 feet long, about 1.13 miles. Due to its two masonry towers standing 276 feet tall, they were at that time making some of tallest landmarks in New York.  In 1964, the Brooklyn Bridge had become an official National Monument.  The pedestrian path has views of the downtown Manhattan skyline... Read More

Crape Myrtle Tree

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

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

Conservatory Garden, French

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 also known as The North Garden. The oval classical French style surrounded by beautiful plants and... 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

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

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

Oak Bridge at Bank Rock Bay

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

Shakespeare in the parking lot

“Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot, presented by The Drilling Company (Hamilton Clancy, Artistic Director), is a summer New York institution that performs free Shakespeare productions in a municipal parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. For more details go to Shakespeare in the parking lot.” Show plays Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 PM More info call 212-873-9050 Cost: FREE! Location: Corner of Ludlow and... Read More

Mad Decent Block Party

The fourth annual Mad Decent Block Party will be held on July 30, 2011, from 12PM until 9PM. Come join in on an afternoon and evening of music, fun, food, and games. The party is open for all ages and features a full lineup of musicians including the Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead, Maluca, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend) DJ Set, The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey, PO PO and Trevor “Trouble” Andrew. For more details go to Mad Decent Block Party. Location:South Street... Read More

Glade Arch

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 Streets near 5th Avenue  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. Its a great place for dog owners to meet up too. 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 connecting to the lower part of the park. The name Cedar Hill comes... Read More

Walter Scott

The Statute of Walter Scott was sculptured by Sir John Steell (1804-1891), in 1871. The bronze statue is located on the east side on the Literary Walk of the Mall. Location: East Side on 66th Street on the Literary Walk at the Mall.  Read More

Christopher Columbus

The Statute of Christopher Columbus was sculptured by Jeronimo Sunol   (1839-1902), and placed in Central Park in 1894. The bronze statue is located on the east side on the Literary Walk of the Mall. Location: East Side on the Literary Walk of the Mall at 66th Street.  Read More

Robert Burns

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