Signs of Spring in Central Park

Tavern on the Green Re-Opening April 24th

New York’s iconic Tavern on the Green restaurant is finally re-opening this month in Central Park just in time for spring. Here’s the official Press Release:

LIGHTS… CAMERA… ACTION…TAVERN ON THE GREEN OPENS Tavern On The Green is open. That’s all one needs to say to gather excitement for the beloved New York restaurant, which re-enters the Central Park and New York dining landscape Thursday April 24, 2014 when a preview dinner menu begins, with brunch service Mother’s Day weekend May 10 & 11, and a full grand opening (outdoor seating weather permitting) serving lunch, brunch and dinner Tuesday May 13, 2014. For reservations or 212-877-TOTG (8684)

Restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama of The Emerald Green Group, along with Chef Katy Sparks (whom Jim first met after they graduated from Johnston & Wales University in Providence, RI), and General Manager Celso Moreira, have created a Tavern for this generation of diners. Jim and David’s aim to re-establish Tavern On The Green as a restaurant for all, New Yorkers and visitors alike, restores this renowned dining hub to its Upper West Side neighborhood. Tavern On The Green will celebrate New York and Central Park in all its glory, embracing the limitless, delicious foods for which this diverse culinary city is known. The menu is contemporary, dynamic and accessible, allowing the quality of the seasonal ingredients and cooking to take center stage. Magical is a word thrown around a lot when discussing Tavern On The Green and one . . . → Read More: Tavern on the Green Re-Opening April 24th

Ice Skating on Wollman Rink

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Snow in Central Park – 2014

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Skunks on the rise in Central Park

The skunk population in Central Park, yes we said skunk population, is on the rise.

While raccoon sightings are not uncommon the rise in the occurrences of park goers seeing – and smelling – skunks is unprecedented.

The city Parks Department, however, has no plans to boot the skunks. “As a general policy, NYC Parks does not interfere with the natural habitat of skunks and will not relocate healthy skunks found in a park,” it said in a statement. “Skunks are part of the wildlife of New York City.” The stinkers have been spotted most often on a path across from Le Pain Quotidien eatery in the park, witnesses said.