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Central Park

A September 2005 trip to New York by ripplefan2

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Quote: Central Park is a must-see place, no matter where you go or what you do.

Central Park

Overview

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Loaded with activities like relaxing in the park, edged with museums, full of unique events and private events, and tons of public musicians and artists.

Quick Tips:

Get there early and plan to spend the whole day, because there is a lot to do.

Best Way To Get Around:

Take the N/R/W train to 5th Avenue, the 1/A/C/B/D to 59th Street, the 4/5/6/ to 86th Street or any other combination that you can find. Or just take a cab.

Boathouse

Restaurant | "The Boathouse"

Boathouse Photo, New York, New York
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Located right off of 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, the Central Park Boathouse is a New York icon. Situated right on the Lake, the Boathouse is a unique restaurant on the oasis of the park. The food, which is basic seafood and American style entrees, is slightly over priced. There are a couple of different sections of this restaurant and each has a phenomenal view. The sections include The Lakeside Café, The Outside Grille, The Express Café and the Banquets Section. Each menu and times can be seen on the website at www.thecentralparkboathouse.com/sections/home.htm. While I was there, I got the Burger (a $19 burger), which ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 2, 2007

Boathouse
East 72nd St.
New York, New York 10021
(212) 517-2233

Ratdog

Attraction

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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For my birthday two years ago, my friend Chris and I went to Central Park to the Summer stage outdoor park for a Ratdog Show. Ratdog, which is Bob Weir’s jazz influenced band, has been touring ever since the Grateful Dead stopped. Weir, the former Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist, has taken full control of the lead man reins and rocked New York in true Dead fashion. We arrived at the concert early to get close to the stage because it was a first-come-first-serve kind of place and we were right there. Bruce Hornsby opened up the show with some original tunes and the Ratdog came out in full force. The Summer stage area was beaming and glowing with a collective energy that one Dead shows can pr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 27, 2007

Strawberry Fields/Central Park

Attraction | "Strawberry Fields"

Strawberry Fields/Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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With the entrance right on Central Park West and 72nd Street, this place was the inspiration for the Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band hit, Strawberry Fields Forever. Also, right across the street from The Dakota, this place has become the haven for Lennon fanatics. In the center of Strawberry Fields, there is an Imagine mosaic dedicated to the memory and influence of John Lennon. People sit around, lay flowers down on top of the mosaic, relax in the shaded overgrowth and even lay out in the two surrounding grassy areas. All around New York, you will see street vendors selling framed pictures of the Imagine mosaic for ungodly amounts when all you have to do is head to 72nd and take ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 2, 2007

Strawberry Fields/Central Park
West Side Between 71st And 74th Streets
New York, New York

Dakota

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Attraction | "The Dakota"

Dakota Photo, New York, New York
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Just another Gothic looking building until two events brought it into the spotlight; one is Jack Finney and the other was Mark David Chapman. The first event, Jack Finney’s book Time and Again, opened a lot of people to the wonder of this building and to the history surrounding it. The second event was on December 8th, 1980 when Mark David Chapman came out of the shadows and murdered John Lennon while he was heading home. Built in the 1880s by two Prussian born architects for the owner of the Swinger Sewing Machine Company (who also commissioned the building of the Plaza Hotel) the Dakota is definitely  one-of-a-kind building here in New York. Rumored that it received its name because whe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 2, 2007

Dakota
1 West 72nd St.
New York, New York 10023
(212) 874-8671

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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While walking through Central Park, I saw one of the things that makes New York the city that it is; I saw hundreds of people skating in circles to the sounds of Salsa music. Run by and organization called the Central Park Dance Skaters Association (www.cpdsa.org/), this is a totally free event for anyone who wants to either skate or just dance. Situated right in the center of Skaters Road in the Skate Circle near 72nd Street, this four hour party runs every weekend and on major holidays from 2:30pm until 6:30pm. The Parks Department only allows the permit to go for four hours, then the party moves to the hills for a non Parks Department sanctioned event lasting unt...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 2, 2007

Central Park Dance Skaters Association
Skate Circle
New York, New York

Central Park

Attraction | "Bethesda Terrace"

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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While walking through Central Park northbound towards the Boathouse, I came across the famous movie location of the Bethesda Terrace. Seen in tons of movies and a popular romantic hotspot, this place is amazing and after being there, you can see why. The overlook looking down onto the Lake with its many boats aimlessly rowing around is a relaxing sight. Also, at the bottom of the stairs, directly in the center is a large fountain called Angel Fountain. Surrounded with a concrete border, the fountain is a popular place for reflection, picture taking, and people watching. There is usually a street performing musical group playing different styles for the passing families and lovers. Please remember to b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 2, 2007

Central Park
59th To 110th Streets Between Fifth Avenue And Central Park West
New York 10023
(212) 310-6600