May 2010 - Central Park

Camping In Central Park

The New York Urban Park Rangers are offering New Yorkers a chance to spend the night under the stars in Central Park. . . . → Read More: Camping In Central Park

Still Hunt

John B. Moore Still Hunt waiting to spring on an innocent jogger in Central Park.

Running or walking along the East Drive, just at the edge of the Ramble, can sometimes cause park visitors a breathless moment, and not necessarily from the exertion. Looking up they can see, perched on a rock as if ready to spring, a rather ferocious looking bronze panther. (It is also a favorite pastime of park regulars to take unsuspecting guests for a stroll past this spot and then look up suddenly in fright.) Its name is Still Hunt and it was created by sculptor Edward Kemeys in 1883. Kemeys was inspired to become an artist while a member the crew whose job it was to clear unwanted trees from the future park’s site. He went on to become a celebrated American sculptor and was responsible for creating the famous Hudson Bay Wolves at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Still Hunt is also notable for being one of the few examples of park statuary that is executed in a naturalistic setting, rather than on a pedestal or along a walkway.

Location: West side of East Drive, mid-Park at 76th Street

Good Morning America Concert Series

“Good Morning America” announced its 2010 Summer Concert Series lineup with acts covering a wide spectrum of popular music – from artists such as Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys to pop sensations the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus all the way to country artists Sugarland and Lady Antebellum, “GMA” will be a popular morning destination all summer long in Central Park. And for those 80’s nostalgia fans “GMA” will also feature The GO-GO’S in their final television performance. The 2010 Summer Concert Series returns for the second straight year to the Rumsey Playfield, for a live performance every Friday.

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE MAP TO RUMSEY PLAYFIELD.

“GMA’s Summer Concert Series” begins off this Friday, May 21 with the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato performing songs from the highly anticipated “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.” Fans interested in joining “GMA” in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Summerstage Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6 a.m., when the park opens to the public.

All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during “Good Morning America,” Fridays from 7 to 9 a.m. ET. Additional dates and acts will be announced throughout the summer. Concerts scheduled-to-date include the following:

May: May 21 — Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, Camp Rock 2 May 28 — Sugarland

June: June 4 — Diddy– Dirty Money June 11 — Norah Jones and Sarah McLachlan June 18 — . . . → Read More: Good Morning America Concert Series

Shakespeare In The Park 2010

The Delacorte Theater is the summer home of the annual “Shakespeare in the Park” production.

John B. Moore Romeo & Juliet outside the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Begun in 1957 by Joseph Papp as part of the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival the annual productions draw thousands to the open air theater at the heart of Central Park. Originally built as a temporary structure in 1962, the Delacorte Theater is the setting for the continuing series. The audience sits in a horseshoe shape, just short of being in the round. The backdrop to the stage is Turtle Pond, bathed in a shifting shimmer of artificial lighting. Beyond the Pond is the velvety night green of the Great Lawn. And to the right, perched on Vista Rock, highlighted by spotlights is Belvedere Castle, waiting for its close-up.

While the majority of free tickets for Shakespeare in the Park are distributed via the free line at the Delacorte Theater, a limited number of tickets will be available the day of each performance online. Specific locations for senior and handicapped accessible seats are not available through the virtual ticket line. For more ticket info click here.

“The Shakespeare Marathon” was Joseph Papp’s plan to produce all of Shakespeare’s plays at the Delacorte or the Public Theater. The Marathon began in 1987 with “Much Ado About Nothing,” and ended in 1997 with “Henry VIII.” The Delacorte also has hosted classical plays such as “Electra,” “Agamemnon,” “The Skin of Our Teeth,” – and . . . → Read More: Shakespeare In The Park 2010


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