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Central Park Pride

Central Park Pride

Celebrating LGBTQ Pride in Central Park – Emma Stebbin’s iconic Angel of the Waters
Central Park has a long and celebrated history with the LGBTQ community, starting with the commission of Bethesda Fountain from artist Emma Stebbins. It was the earliest public artwork by a woman in New York City history. It was also the only sculpture included in the original plans for Central Park.

Central Park In The Movies

Central Park In The Movies

The earliest cinematic portrayals of Central Park were almost always romantic in nature. Whether it was the backdrop for joyous singing and dancing, as in “On the Town”, or the setting for sentimental love stories, such as “Portrait of Jennie”, the park was seen as either a place of populist energy or quiet romance.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Central Park remains open to the public and the Central Park Conservancy staff remains committed to caring for the Park. They are diligently cleaning and conducting routine maintenance of landscapes, water bodies, and benches in order to keep the Park open as a place...

The Iconic Central Park Poster

Available Now!

Two years in the making Iconic Central Park© features over 2,000 colorful icons that form a multi-hued mosaic of beloved park features – from the Duke Ellington Monument in Harlem to Columbus Circle to the Penguins in the Central Park Zoo!

Iconic Central Park© comes in standard one-sheet movie-poster size (27" x 40").  It would look superb adorning an apartment wall, featured in a study, a dorm room or even as a teaching tool in a classroom.   Just like its namesake Iconic Central Park© will provide countless hours of diversion and inspiration and will enable viewers to enjoy the pleasures of visiting the heart of New York City, no matter where they are.

This Week in Central Park

You Must Believe in Spring!

Spring is blooming around Central Park!  In light of current events we can think of no better time to take a walk in Central Park and enjoy the emerging flora.  For more about what’s open around the park you can check the Conservancy’s website here.

Iconic Central Park Poster

Available Now!

Two years in the making Iconic Central Park© features over 2,000 colorful icons that form a multi-hued mosaic of beloved park features – from the Duke Ellington Monument in Harlem to Columbus Circle to the Penguins in the Central Park Zoo!

Iconic Central Park© comes in standard one-sheet movie-poster size (27″ x 40″).  It would look superb adorning an apartment wall, featured in a study, a dorm room or even as a teaching tool in a classroom.

Just like its namesake Iconic Central Park© will provide countless hours of diversion and inspiration and will enable viewers to enjoy the pleasures of visiting the heart of New York City, no matter where they are.

Central Park Top Ten

Top Ten Attractions in Central Park

Angel of Waters - Bethesda Fountain

Angel of Waters – Bethesda Fountain

Central Park features an amazing array of attractions and points of interest that engage and inspire the over 25 million annual visitors.  Bethesda Fountain rises high above Bethesda Terrace, looking over the hundreds of visitors that come every day to enjoy the view of the Lake and relax at the “heart” of Central Park. The sculpture that tops it, Angel of Waters, was designed by Emma Stebbins in 1873 and is one of the most recognizable icons in the entire park.  It is also number four on our list of the top ten Attractions in Central Park.

From Columbus Circle to Grand Army Plaza to Duke Ellington Circle the park features gardens, world famous performance venues, historic statuary, lakes, ponds and pools.  There are more than thirty bridges and arches, two iconic restaurants, a wildlife refuge, a marionette theater and a real life castle – not to mention the Central Park Zoo.  Trying to pick a top ten from the myriad of choices is next to impossible, but here is our list of the Top Ten Attractions in Central Park.

Movies have been shot in Central Park for over a century now (the first was “Romeo and Juliet” in 1908) and the park has played an iconic part in countless films over the years – from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to “Home Alone 2” to “The Avengers”. The park has provided the romantic backdrop for countless classic New York City Rom – Coms like “When Harry Met Sally” and “Serendipity”, and also been used to set the stage for sinister plotting in films like “In the Still of the Night” and “The Spanish Prisoner”.  There is perhaps no more versatile and emblematic movie set in all of New York City as Central Park – and everyone has a favorite movie set in its leafy confines.  The criteria we used in the selection process were admittedly biased, but we did use the results of the best Central Park movie poll that we’ve run in the past. Other factors in judging the results were how the park was depicted in the movie, and, of course, the quality of the film itself.  Here is our Top Ten.

Springtime in Central Park

While Central Park offers a welcome respite all year round from the surrounding cacophony of urban life, it is during spring that the park really sparkles.  Starting at the middle of March, sometimes before the snows of winter have even completely disappeared, you can find snowdrops and crocuses poking up between the leaves and tree roots.  These are soon followed by daffodils and tulips as the entire park erupts in a fragrant display of early flowering pastels.  By mid April the Central Park landscape is awash in cherry blossoms and magnolia flowers that signal the completed transformation from dreary winter to spring celebration.  Here is a countdown of our picks for the ten very best places in the park to view this amazing floral display.

 

From picnics on the North Meadow to dinner for two at the Boathouse Restaurant, Central Park has always provided a wide choice of sites for a romantic rondesvouz.  Here are the the Top 10 we’ve chosen as the very best.

Shakespeare Garden

“Away before me to sweet beds of flowers. Love-thoughts lie rich when canopied with bowers.”
– Count Orsino in Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene I
A fitting quote to introduce our next pick, one of Central Park’s hidden gems: the Shakespeare Garden. Nestled between Belvedere Castle and The Swedish Cottage, the Shakespeare Garden first came into existence in 1913. Known as the Garden of the Heart, it was patterned after Victorian era rock gardens. Then, in 1916, to celebrate the tercentennial of Shakespeare’s death, it was rechristened in honor of the Bard and only plants mentioned in his plays were planted there. These include columbine, primrose, wormwood, quince, lark’s heel, rue, eglantine, flax and cowslip, many of which sound as if they would be right at home boiling and bubbling in a cauldron. It is in the spring and early summer that the garden comes into its own, bursting with blooms and fragrant blossoms. The Shakespeare Garden also offers a variety of secluded rustic benches, perfect for the timeless art of canoodling.

Central Park Top Ten

Springtime in Central Park

While Central Park offers a welcome respite all year round from the surrounding cacophony of urban life, it is during spring that the park really sparkles.  Starting at the middle of March, sometimes before the snows of winter have even completely disappeared, you can find snowdrops and crocuses poking up between the leaves and tree roots.  These are soon followed by daffodils and tulips as the entire park erupts in a fragrant display of early flowering pastels.  By mid April the Central Park landscape is awash in cherry blossoms and magnolia flowers that signal the completed transformation from dreary winter to spring celebration.  Here is a countdown of our picks for the ten very best places in the park to view this amazing floral display.

 

Top Ten Attractions in Central Park

Angel of Waters - Bethesda Fountain

Angel of Waters – Bethesda Fountain

Central Park features an amazing array of attractions and points of interest that engage and inspire the over 25 million annual visitors.  Bethesda Fountain rises high above Bethesda Terrace, looking over the hundreds of visitors that come every day to enjoy the view of the Lake and relax at the “heart” of Central Park. The sculpture that tops it, Angel of Waters, was designed by Emma Stebbins in 1873 and is one of the most recognizable icons in the entire park.  It is also number four on our list of the top ten Attractions in Central Park.

From Columbus Circle to Grand Army Plaza to Duke Ellington Circle the park features gardens, world famous performance venues, historic statuary, lakes, ponds and pools.  There are more than thirty bridges and arches, two iconic restaurants, a wildlife refuge, a marionette theater and a real life castle – not to mention the Central Park Zoo.  Trying to pick a top ten from the myriad of choices is next to impossible, but here is our list of the Top Ten Attractions in Central Park.

Movies have been shot in Central Park for over a century now (the first was “Romeo and Juliet” in 1908) and the park has played an iconic part in countless films over the years – from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to “Home Alone 2” to “The Avengers”. The park has provided the romantic backdrop for countless classic New York City Rom – Coms like “When Harry Met Sally” and “Serendipity”, and also been used to set the stage for sinister plotting in films like “In the Still of the Night” and “The Spanish Prisoner”.  There is perhaps no more versatile and emblematic movie set in all of New York City as Central Park – and everyone has a favorite movie set in its leafy confines.  The criteria we used in the selection process were admittedly biased, but we did use the results of the best Central Park movie poll that we’ve run in the past. Other factors in judging the results were how the park was depicted in the movie, and, of course, the quality of the film itself.  Here is our Top Ten.

From picnics on the North Meadow to dinner for two at the Boathouse Restaurant, Central Park has always provided a wide choice of sites for a romantic rondesvouz.  Here are the the Top 10 we’ve chosen as the very best.

Shakespeare Garden

“Away before me to sweet beds of flowers. Love-thoughts lie rich when canopied with bowers.”
– Count Orsino in Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene I
A fitting quote to introduce our next pick, one of Central Park’s hidden gems: the Shakespeare Garden. Nestled between Belvedere Castle and The Swedish Cottage, the Shakespeare Garden first came into existence in 1913. Known as the Garden of the Heart, it was patterned after Victorian era rock gardens. Then, in 1916, to celebrate the tercentennial of Shakespeare’s death, it was rechristened in honor of the Bard and only plants mentioned in his plays were planted there. These include columbine, primrose, wormwood, quince, lark’s heel, rue, eglantine, flax and cowslip, many of which sound as if they would be right at home boiling and bubbling in a cauldron. It is in the spring and early summer that the garden comes into its own, bursting with blooms and fragrant blossoms. The Shakespeare Garden also offers a variety of secluded rustic benches, perfect for the timeless art of canoodling.

Things To Do

From The Philharmonic on the Great Lawn to Shakespeare in the Park to SummerStage, Central Park offers an endless array of things to do, see, hear – and, with two full service restaurants and several cafes, taste.  You can visit The Shakespeare Garden, take in a performance at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, take a ride on the Carousel – or just sit and people watch at Bethesda Terrace!

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