A Hidden Wilderness In Central Park

Less than a hundred yards away are some of the toniest hotels in New York City the Hallett Sanctuary lies just a popped champagne cork’s flight from the Plaza Hotel. A virtually untouched wilderness just steps down from Fifth Ave. it is an oasis for migrating birds and dozens of other denizens of the Park.

The Hallett Nature Sanctuary was originally set aside as a bird sanctuary in 1934, went through a long period of neglect, but was then restored in the 1980’s. This four acre plot of land is bounded on three sides by the Pond and is only yards away from the bustle of Central Park South and the Plaza Hotel some fifty feet above. Yet here can be found an amazing array of migratory birds that stop by for visit on their way either north or south, as well as many year round residents such as bluejays and woodpeckers. You can also find rabbits, raccoons and woodchucks.

While the Sanctuary is off-limits to park goers regular tours are sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy and provide a fascinating peak into a completely natural environment just a few dozen yards away from Fifth Ave.

Location : Just north and west of the Pond at Fifth Ave. and Central Park South.  Tours are given regularly by the Central Park Conservancy

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