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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.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Shakespeare Garden

Take a Virtual Tour of the Shakespeare Garden

Take a virtual 360° walk around the Shakespeare Garden – one of the many hidden gems of Central Park, it’s the perfect lovely spot to “stop and smell the roses”. The only plants you’ll find there are ones mentioned in the Bard’s plays..

Monumental Women

Monumental Women

On August 26th, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, Meredith Bergmann’s Monumental Women sculpture took its place on Literary Walk as the first sculpture in Central Park honoring historical women.

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

Conservatory Garden is the only formal garden in Central Park and features an amazing array of seasonal blooms.  Here’s a list of what to expect to see and when.

Water Lilies

Water lilies

Conservatory Garden Blooms

Astilbe – June – August
Baby’s Breath – June – July
Coneflower – July – September
Cornelian Cherry – March
Crabapples – April – May
Daffodils – March – May
Daylillies – June – August
Grape Hyacinths – April – May
Hellebores – March – April
Hollyhocks – June – July
Irises – March & May
Japanese Anemone – July – October
Lilacs, French – May
Lilacs, Japanese – June
Magnolias – April – May
Oakleaf Hydrangea – July – September
Ornamental Grasses – July – October
Peony – June
Phlox – June – September
Purple Coneflower – July – September
Rose of Sharon – July – September
Roses – June – October
Snowdrops – February – March
Spiraea – April – May
Squill – April – May
Tulips – April – May
Water Lilies – June – October

Daylilly

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.

Summertime 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

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Central Park Bike Tour

  • Our bicycle tour has been ranked as one the top 5 things to do in Central Park by TripAdvisor. It is the only tour that covers the entire length of Central Park and it provides an excellent overview of the whole park.
  • The tour takes approximately 2 hours and it includes various stops along the way. On those stops, you can park the bicycle and go for a short stroll along some of the most stunning views of Central Park.
  • Including Bethesda Terrace, Strawberry Fields, The Bow Bridge, Balto and many more. In addition, you will also visit some of the hidden places in Central Park - the Ravine, the secret waterfall and of course our team’s favorite - the Central Park Ramble!
  • 2 Hours - $53 - Prices are per person
    Book Here.

Central Park Pedicab Tour

  • Allow one of our experienced tour guides to show you the beauty of the park from the back of a pedicab. Those iconic NYC pedicabs are one of the best things to do in Central Park!
  • Sit down and relax while your tour guide tells you about the history of the park, architecture, interesting trivia and of course points out the exact location of all those blockbuster movies filmed in Central Park
  • Reserve either 1 hour or 2 hour guided pedicab tour. If you are already in the park, don’t worry, we can send the tour guide to pick you up from one of the many designated pick up zones inside Central Park.
  • 1 Hour - $53 - 2 Hours - $89 - Prices are per person
  • Book Here.

Central Park Bike Rental

  • Biking in Central Park is one of the most enjoyable ways to explore the park and do it at your own pace.
  • You can pick up your bike from one of our convenient locations around the park. In case you are already inside the park, no worries, we can send our concierge to deliver the bike(s) to one of the many designated bike zones inside the park. At the time of booking, we will direct you to the nearest bike pick up station in the park.
  • Pack some light snacks and a water bottle, take one of the park maps we provide. When reserving your bike rental, you will have an option to include an audio guided tour.
  • 1 Hour $15 - 2 Hours $20 - 3 Hours $25 - All Day (9am -7pm) $40
  • Book Here

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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