The most visited urban park in the U.S.
Central Park, both a National Historic Landmark and the first New York City Scenic Landmark, is located between 59th and 110th Streets between Central Park West (Eighth Ave.) and Fifth Avenue, and is 843 acres in size. The northern area of the park is located in both East and Central Harlem. It is among the most famous parks in the world and was the first landscaped public park in the United States. The land for the park was purchased for $5 million in 1856 and consisted of swamps, bluffs, and rocky outcroppings. In 1857, the Central Park Commission held the country’s first landscape design contest and selected the Greensward Plan submitted by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, considered the founders of the landscape architecture profession in the United States. Entirely man-made, Central Park is one of the urban wonders of the world, a green oasis in the midst of the great concrete high-rise landscape of New York City. The building of the park was one of the nineteenth century’s most massive public projects, with some 200,000 workers used to pull off this great feat. The park first opened for public use in the winter of 1859.
The park contains eighteen different entrances, nearly fifty fountains and monuments, twenty-one playgrounds, fifty-one sculptures, and thirty-six bridges and arches. There are 58 miles of pedestrian paths, 4.5 miles of bridle paths, 6.5 miles of park drives and 7 miles of benches (nearly 9,000 benches in total). Today there are 26,000 trees, including 1,700 American elms. It is visited by over 25 million people each year. Some of the most popular places to visit in the park are the Great Lawn, where the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera hold two free concerts in the summer; the Delacorte Theatre, which is home to “Shakespeare in the Park”; Strawberry Fields, which is the garden of peace built in memory of Beatles member John Lennon; Summer-Stage at Rumsey Playfield, where music, spoken word, and dance performances are held during the summer; and Wollman Ice Skating Rink, to name a few. In the portion of the park located in Harlem, you will find the Conservatory Garden, which is the only formal garden in Central Park; the Harlem Meer, an 11-acre lake that makes it the second largest man-made body of water in the park; the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, which is the park’s only environmental educational center; the Blockhouse, a fort still standing from the War of 1812; Lasker Pool and Rink; and Duke Ellington Circle, featuring the first monument in New York City dedicated to an African American and the first memorial in the United States honoring jazz music giant Duke Ellington.
Facilities: Baseball fields, basketball courts, bicycling and greenways, dog runs, fishing, horseback riding trails, ice skating rinks, swimming pool, nature centers, paddle boat, rowboat, and canoe rentals, playgrounds, recreation centers, restaurants, soccer fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts, zoos, and aquariums.
There is absolutely no reason to leave the park until you want something to eat and there are two great places nearby – Ottomanelli Bros., for great burgers and steaks and a fabulous pre-fix brunch Saturday and Sunday for just $9.95; and Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread who serves up real soul food, at great prices.
Transportation: Bus—M1, M2, M3, M4, M10, M96, M106. Subway—B, C, 2, 3, 6 to 110th St.
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