Best Spots For Viewing The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade From Central Park

Parade Route for the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeOnce again this year the  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will not wend its way down Broadway as it had for so many years past. The parade will now take a sharp left at Columbus Circle and travel one block on Central Park South before turning right on Seventh Ave. This will provide more opportunities for watching the parade from Central Park along the that block. While the best places for viewing the parade, if you don’t have friends with an apartment or office overlooking the route, is between 61st and 72nd St. along Central Park West this added block might provide an added area near the park that isn’t as congested. Best time to arrive is around 6:30 to secure the best spot.

2014 New York City Marathon in Central Park

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

Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden

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).

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2014 Central Park Film Festival

Movies have been shot in Central Park for over a century now (the first was “Romeo and Juliet” in 1908). So what better place to celebrate the world’s most iconic park? . . . → Read More: 2014 Central Park Film Festival

Ghetto Klown – John Leguizamo at Summerstage

An amazing night at Summerstage! Ghetto Klown is the next chapter in John Leguizamo’s hugely popular personal and professional story. It follows in the unabashed, uncensored, and uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix…a Love Story. In Leguizamo’s trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, leading audiences on a fever-pitch adventure and heating up the stage with vivid accounts of where he’s been and the colorful characters who have populated his life. Leguizamo takes audiences from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career during the outrageous 80s avant-garde theatre scene, and on to the sets of major motion pictures and his roles opposite some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Leguizamo explains, “Ghetto Klown is all the things I say to my therapist and my manager, but would NEVER want the general public to know. It’s cheaper than a lawsuit and I get to take a bow at the end. It’s like Wikileaks but with no international manhunt. Yet.”