Saturday, 10 July 2010

Central Park, New York

Central Park is featured in many tv shows. Truth be told, I know it best for murders...on Law and Order and other law shows. Not a great recommendation, when you think about it. And, when I travelled to New York, it wasn't on my top places to visit because that was really all I knew about it.

Central Park is quite a landmark in New York. It was opened in 1857 and sits on 770 acres of land. It is large with lakes, theatres, skating rinks, fountains, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, playground, the Central Park Zoo and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cars are not allowed in the park on weekends, making it a very attractive place to visit.

Central Park is situated in Manhattan between 59th and 110th street and between Fifth and Eight Ave. It was originally a bit out of the city, between New York and Harlem village. As the city grew and expanded with Harlem's boundaries meeting the city's, it became a 'Central' park that joined the two making one large city.  

New York city websites state that Central Park houses many activities: birding; boating; restaurants; carriage horses; pedicabs; paths for walking, running, cycling and roller blading; rock climbing; ice skating; merry-go-rounds; playgrounds (21); a Marionette Theature; model schoolhose; Central Park Zoo; Summerstage musical concerts; the New York Shakespeare festival; open-air concerts by the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera as well as concerts by many other artists.

It is an interesting location, with so many activities. We barely touched the surface of Central Park when we visited. It was lush and green and on the weekend there were many people walking through, sunbathing, and relaxing.

My sister saw these two girls busking along the edge of Central Park. The fact that there were no adults around supervising them was a bit disturbing. I never felt the need to worry about my safety in New York, but there are so many different people around, it does seem a bit weird.

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