Betty and Veronica, the Central Park Zoo’s newest inhabitants make their official debut today. They’ve been busy exploring all the nooks and crannies of their new home, a radically redesigned enclosure that once housed Gus, the Zoo’s beloved polar bear who died in 2013. Visitors who were accustomed to Gus’s endless lap swimming — the aquatic equivalent of pacing — are in for a treat. These bears are social, engaged and, considering that it’s winter, pretty active, in a lumbering sort of way.
Despite frigid temperatures Central Park Zoo’s adorable snow leopard cub, 6-month-old Malala, enjoyed the light dusting of snow that blanketed Manhattan. . . . → Read More: Central Park Zoo’s snow leopard cub enjoys its first snow day
Watching the NYC Marathon in Central Park
The New York City Marathon has a very close relationship with Central Park. The original Marathon, run in 1970, took place entirely in the park. Runners covered over four grueling loops of the park, including the daunting hills at the northern end, and out of the 127 that entered only 55 actually completed the course. Now, after wending its way through all five boroughs, the race enters the park at E. 90th Street. and Fifth Ave. and, after a brief sprint outside along Central Park South, finishes at Tavern on the Green.
For spectators Central Park also offers one of the best places for watching the race. While being cheered on by the over two million fans anywhere along the course is exhilarating and inspiring and few runners ever forget the thrill of running along First Avenue. in Manhattan and being urged on by the screaming throngs (especially the ones that have spent the afternoon in one of the many bars that line the avenue) it is along the last few miles inside the park that the encouragement is most appreciated.
As you might imagine the finish line is bit crowded and you actually have to purchase tickets to watch the runners cross the finish line. However the east side of the park, from 90th Street. down, offers lots of great places to view the race and cheer on the runners. There are just a few simple suggestions that might be worth . . . → Read More: 2014 New York City Marathon in Central Park
Saturday, September 13, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
This event repeats every week on Saturday between 9/6/2014 and 10/25/2014.
Learn about the thousands of trees, flowers, shrubs, and perennials that decorate the Conservatory Garden from the horticulturalists who take care of this special place within the park. Route involves a few stairs.
Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).
Conservatory Garden in Central Park Manhattan
Directions to this location