Monday, 7 July 2014

New York Loves - Central Park

This weeks New York loves is all about Central Park. Its one of my favourite parts of the city and every visit I spend many hours walking and exploring this beautiful oasis of nature.
The park is 843 acres and started being built in 1858. Following the depression the park slowly began to decline and the flower beds and lawns eroded and decayed. The park over many years became the playground for illicit and often illegal activities and gained a reputation as a place to avoid after dark. Over the last 2 decades a number of task forces and committees have worked tirelessly to bring the park back to its former glory and become a safe haven for families, communities, tourists and new-yorkers to meet, play and enjoy.

I have many favourite spots in the Park... here are 5 of many!
The Boathouse ~ featured in many movies and synonymous in Sex & the City when Carrie & Big end up in the water, this beautiful eatery is the essence of summer dining in the Park. From early morning breakfast to weekend brunch through to sunset dining, the views across the boating lake are delightful. Nestled mid point in the park, the boathouse is adjacent to a number of gorgeous walking trails and landmarks.... perfect, even if just stopping for a coffee. More from my visit here.

Alice in Wonderland ~ this gorgeous bronze statue is a short walk from the Boathouse and sits just north from Conservatory water. Commissioned by philanthropist George Delacore and constructed by Jose de Creeft in 1959.
Alice stands eleven feet tall. The Mad Hatter is a caricature of George Delacore and Alice is modelled on de Creeft's daughter... more information here.
Belvedere Castle - Sited halfway into the park, this quaint little castle offers panoramic views of some of the parks legendary landmarks, from The Great Lawn to Turtle Pond  and The Ramble. This landmark started out as a Victorian Folly, but has over the years been used as a post for the National Weather service and recently as a Nature Observatory.( more from my visit here.)
Hans Christian Anderson -This stunning statue was opened to the park in 1956 to celebrate the authors 150th birthday. The statue is extremely popular in the summer months as each afternoon story telling takes place around his feet, where little children and big children alike can listen to  Andersen's well-known tales, such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Little Match Girl and The Ugly Duckling being told. The statue in recent years has been dedicated to all the children that lost parents in the 9/11 attacks.


Gapstow Bridge - this is my favourite little bridge in the Park. It was built in 1874 and then replaced in the stone structure that you see today in 1896 and offers some of the best views of the new York City skyline from the park. It is one of my musts on every visit. .. just a short walk in from the Plaza entrance to the park it really is delightful. I have visited over many seasons, from spring to autumn and my favourite time in the city.... Christmas. The picture below demonstrates what a difference a day makes in the city... Christmas day 2010 (top) and Boxing day 2010 (top).
As you can see the Park offers so much for so many and its why its a must for any trip to the Big Apple. Here are other posts from previous visits, along with my previous New York Loves posts.Please let me know if you would like a particular topic covered in my NY loves posts, pop back next week when I will be sharing my London loves equivalent.

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Monday, 7 July 2014

New York Loves - Central Park

This weeks New York loves is all about Central Park. Its one of my favourite parts of the city and every visit I spend many hours walking and exploring this beautiful oasis of nature.
The park is 843 acres and started being built in 1858. Following the depression the park slowly began to decline and the flower beds and lawns eroded and decayed. The park over many years became the playground for illicit and often illegal activities and gained a reputation as a place to avoid after dark. Over the last 2 decades a number of task forces and committees have worked tirelessly to bring the park back to its former glory and become a safe haven for families, communities, tourists and new-yorkers to meet, play and enjoy.

I have many favourite spots in the Park... here are 5 of many!
The Boathouse ~ featured in many movies and synonymous in Sex & the City when Carrie & Big end up in the water, this beautiful eatery is the essence of summer dining in the Park. From early morning breakfast to weekend brunch through to sunset dining, the views across the boating lake are delightful. Nestled mid point in the park, the boathouse is adjacent to a number of gorgeous walking trails and landmarks.... perfect, even if just stopping for a coffee. More from my visit here.

Alice in Wonderland ~ this gorgeous bronze statue is a short walk from the Boathouse and sits just north from Conservatory water. Commissioned by philanthropist George Delacore and constructed by Jose de Creeft in 1959.
Alice stands eleven feet tall. The Mad Hatter is a caricature of George Delacore and Alice is modelled on de Creeft's daughter... more information here.
Belvedere Castle - Sited halfway into the park, this quaint little castle offers panoramic views of some of the parks legendary landmarks, from The Great Lawn to Turtle Pond  and The Ramble. This landmark started out as a Victorian Folly, but has over the years been used as a post for the National Weather service and recently as a Nature Observatory.( more from my visit here.)
Hans Christian Anderson -This stunning statue was opened to the park in 1956 to celebrate the authors 150th birthday. The statue is extremely popular in the summer months as each afternoon story telling takes place around his feet, where little children and big children alike can listen to  Andersen's well-known tales, such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Little Match Girl and The Ugly Duckling being told. The statue in recent years has been dedicated to all the children that lost parents in the 9/11 attacks.


Gapstow Bridge - this is my favourite little bridge in the Park. It was built in 1874 and then replaced in the stone structure that you see today in 1896 and offers some of the best views of the new York City skyline from the park. It is one of my musts on every visit. .. just a short walk in from the Plaza entrance to the park it really is delightful. I have visited over many seasons, from spring to autumn and my favourite time in the city.... Christmas. The picture below demonstrates what a difference a day makes in the city... Christmas day 2010 (top) and Boxing day 2010 (top).
As you can see the Park offers so much for so many and its why its a must for any trip to the Big Apple. Here are other posts from previous visits, along with my previous New York Loves posts.Please let me know if you would like a particular topic covered in my NY loves posts, pop back next week when I will be sharing my London loves equivalent.

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