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Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
August 21, 2011
From journal New York Baby
by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
December 2, 2010
From journal New York, New York - It's a Wonderful Town!
St. Augustine, Florida
October 30, 2009
From journal Favorite Free Attractions in the Big Apple
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
January 1, 2008
From journal A Week in New York
Los Angeles, California
August 12, 2007
From journal New York, New York
October 17, 2006
From journal Make Mine Manhattan--East Coast Summer II
District of Columbia County, District of Columbia
March 18, 2006
After a morning visit to the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, a visit to the Guggenheim, and lunch in the Guggenheim Café, I was ready to return to Central Park. My first visit to the best-known urban park in the country had occurred in February of the previous year. Today I returned, ready to experience the park on a glorious Sunday afternoon in May, and to meet some fellow IgoUgo members. With nearly 2 hours to kill in the park between leaving the Guggenheim and meeting the rest of the group at the Conservatory Water, I decided to embark on a meandering path through the park, starting north of the Reservoir and visiting the Great Lawn, Belvedere Castle, and Ramble as I slowly made my way to the Conservatory Water.
The Great Lawn, located near the park’s center, is the backyard for many of Manhattan’s residents. This large oblong open field is closed to visitors in the winter. But with the new spring grass, the lawn is reopened, and on a sunny spring weekend afternoon, the space is filled with thousands of New Yorkers relaxing on blankets and lawn chairs, playing Frisbee, and enjoying being outdoors. The number of people on the lawn was staggering; yet, the space is so immense that there was still plenty of room for those just arriving to stake out a space.
Just south of the Great Lawn, and across a small lake, stands the Belvedere Castle. This structure houses exhibits describing the wildlife found in the park and offers a rooftop lookout featuring great views of the entire park and surrounding neighborhoods. From this point at the top of the castle, most of the park is visible, and it’s a great vantage point for seeing just how big the park is.
Continuing south from Belvedere Castle, I entered one of my favorite areas of Central Park, the Ramble. The Ramble is a large wooded area with several large hills and rocky areas. Several creeks also cross this section of the park. This is a great place to relax in a shady area, or to enjoy the many birds and other wildlife that populate this section of the park. In some of the more dense areas of the woods, it’s almost possible to forget that you are in the middle of one of the largest cities on the planet here.
The time was quickly approaching for rendezvous at the Conservatory Water, so I headed that direction. Once part of the city’s water system, today the Conservatory Water provides a tranquil setting for children to play on the nearby statues of Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Andersen, and for park visitors to rent and sail model boats in the pond. Here I met several IgoUgo members, including Mr. Wonka, Jose Kevo, zabelle, and Idler, and enjoyed a relaxing chat in a nearby grassy area. It was the perfect opportunity to get to know people in person whom I’d only previously known online.
From journal Memorial Day Weekend in New York
June 20, 2000
From journal Kids in Times Square
by Jose Kevo
December 9, 2001
JOGGING - The NY Roadrunners Club have an information kiosk at the 5th Ave./89th St. entrance which is also a good place for locating the mile-half+ "natural" course circling the reservoir which is rather well lit, basically safe, and heavily used at all "decent" hours. Die-hards use the asphalt thoroughfare which loops around the Park and, by detected use, would appear safer for late-night runners. This circular route is closed to traffic except a.m./p.m. weekday rush hours. Jogging/biking lanes are marked, often crowded.
Those in town the first weekend of November, the finish line for NYC's Marathon is across from Tavern on the Green.
ROLLERBLADING/SKATING - This popular mode of transportation/recreation is purposefully, leisurely everywhere. Competitive/skilled in-line skating takes place on the loop near Tavern on the Green.
Weekend Street Skates along Dead End Alley have long been a popular attraction. Chances are you'll see the crowds and hear music long before you realize what's going on as people of all ages, races, social statuses "get busy" to the thumpin' beat displaying skills that can keep you watching for hours.
The second most popular area is the nearby courtyard at Naumberg Bandshell. There's no music, but performances just as impressive including those "grinding" on benches or taking Bethesda Terrace stairs backwards.
BICYCLING/RENTALS - Bicycling is popular around the loop and for those lesser inclined, riding basically anywhere you'd like. Standard bicycles can be rented in the parking lot in front of Loeb Boathouse. If you've access to mountain/all-terrain bikes, challenges await in The Ramble and northern areas.
*Joggers/skaters/bikers MUST SHARE THE ROAD! Countless accidents occur daily from those not paying attention. You also run potentially greater risk of inflicted injury from the person you cluelessly hit than the accident itself...or at least a good tongue lashing!
BOATING - As seen in many movies, you too can seasonally rent a rowboat behind Loeb Boathouse to skim across the pond for hefty rate and limited time. The Boathouse restaurant also offers seasonal gondola rides complete with Venetian oarsmen and song.
Remote controlled boating takes place at Water Conservatory downhill from the 5th Ave./72nd St. entrance.
HORSEBACK RIDING - Bridle pathes are obviously scatterd about the western, central and northern parts. Where you get the horse, I've no clue!
From journal CENTRAL PARK - An Oasis that's not a Mirage
December 8, 2001
In 1982, there were 147 different kinds of trees (not counting saplings) accounting for 24,595 trees within the Park. Pay close enough attention - you'll come across some of the obscure indentifying markers giving brief descriptions on what kinds they are.
"Tree Poaching is a legitimate concern for Park officials as it's believed an average of 20 large trees a year are quickly, quietly chopped down, cut up and sold for firewood. If you want the real "bark" on trees, speak with park employee Bob Redman...a once illusive teenager who was tracked by park employees during an 8-year period for illusively constructing/living in 13 different treehouses in the densest northern sections. Once caught, living in a 5-room split level model, his love/knowledge for trees landed him on the payroll.
As for fauna, 238 species of birds have been found in Central Park including the Snowy Owl and Bald Eagle. The Park is a bird watcher's paradise and the most popular sightings take place in The Ramble; a highly controversial area often pitting city officials against bird watchers from efforts to rid/clean up the area's "other" attractions by culling out the vegetative thickness which attracts birds but also conceals susupect activity. Let's just say you'll likely see more than birds through your binoculars!
To no suprise, pidgeons and brown norway rats top their respective categories followed closely by a thriving mallard and squirrel population. A pair of swans have nested on the Boat Pond for years; their "ugly duckling" young transforming into regal beauties before moving on.
If you're in the Park at dusk or beyond, don't be surprised to see VERY LARGE raccoons brazenly roaming around foraging for food. Perhaps you remember recent headlines about the roving coyote found within the woods. This perceived savage beast - likely dumped-off house pet was definitely out of it's element just as you might end up feeling on the Park's "perceived" survival of the fittest food/prey chain; something daily played out around the waters where pidgeons, seagulls, ducks, geese and song birds compete and outwit each other for bread crumbs "illegally" fed by park goers. Signs say, "Don't Feed The Wildlife", but...
In 1890, 80 starlings were imported from Europe and released in Central Park spawning the country's obnoxious population we've today. The English Sparrow also originated in the U.S. from here.
Entering the 20th century, two giant Sequoia trees were still thriving near Cherry Hill.
Free guided nature tours can be arranged at The Dairy in the south or Dana Discovery Center in the north.