About Central Park
An oasis of greenery located in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is a large public park that's over a a sqare mile in size. The park recieves over 25 million visitors per year. It was first opened in 1873 and made a National Historic Landmark in 1963. It has several ponds, a large resevoir, all sorts of paths to walk on, two ice-skating rinks (one of which becomes a swimming pool in the summer), a zoo, a wildlife sanctuary, a conservatory garden, a large area of natural woods, and the outdoor theater where the summer festival "Shakespeare in the Park" is held.
First To Review: Jelena N.
Jan 22, 2010
I lived in NYC for eight years and Central Park is a wonderful treasure of sanity in a busy city. If you're visiting the city, plan on walking thru the park at every chance you get. Walking is my favorite way to get around the city when I have time and often times it's just as fast as taking a bus (by the time you wait on transportation. There are a couple of routes to take thru the park and one of my favorites is starting on 59th Street and Fifth and up to 79th/81st street. Depending on the season you're in NYC, don't miss the Central Park Zoo and for a delightful lunch, check out the Boat House Restaurant. Central Park has been the location for many movies and TV series so if you have a chance before you go, pick up some movies, like Godspell, The Fisher King, and You've Got Mail for some really cool NYC and Central Park locations.
Jul 29, 2009
New York is one of those rare cities that has everything going on all at once. Especially when it comes to one's senses. There is always a very present cacophony of sounds and an abundance of very varying smells, which are equally present and equally inescapable. Whether the odors are wafting from a bakery in SoHo or streaming from the wrong end of the meatpacking district, there seems no escape. Until one stumbles across the haven that is Central Park. If you venture deep enough inside its perimeter there does seem to be an overwhelming sense of sanctuary from all that is the Big Apple. Between the buzz of Time Square and the tranquility of the Park, there does seem to be a remarkable balance that supersedes the hustle and bustle of all else and truly does make for a great place to hang out and/or escape.
Sep 14, 2009
In my opinion, one of the most incredible places in the civilized world.
Imagine being in the middle of one of the most populous cities in the world.... and not hearing any car, or horn, or chattering from thousands of people around you.
Just you, and nature. Because nature is what it is about. Entirely man-made but perfectly in place in the city, you can quickly come to it by subway at anytime and free your mind, take a walk or even get some rest sleeping on the bare ground. And in the morning, I can tell you that a little running in Central Park is the best way to start a day.
More in the south east of the park, you can find lots of animations and gift shops, but be ready to pay a high price because after all... don't forget you're in New York City.
Jul 31, 2008
One of my favourite places in the world! It's truly amazing to find yourself in such a tranquil oasis of greenery with the Time Warner building, the Plaza hotel, and other skyscrapers towering around you. Great place to take a walk or a jog, or have a seat and gather your thoughts. The park is huge so there are lots of things to see/do as well, including the Bethesda fountain, the Alice in Wonderland statue, the Strawberry Fields, etc. I was lucky enough to be in NYC during the Christmas season and went skating in Wollman Rink. I also spent NYE in the Park as well.
Sep 14, 2009
It's huge, it's smack dab in the middle of Manhattan, and there are tons of events going on there on any given day or week. It's especially busy during the summer, when there are free events (concerts, theater shows, parades, etc.). Walk through/around it, run/jog through/around it, take a horse-driven carriage through/around it..... either way, it's nice.
NOTE: if you want to shop in that area, make sure that your wallet is huge because much of the shopping (and just about everything else) in that area is high-end.