Early Signs of Spring



In search of… After a surprisingly mild winter I thought it might not be too soon to see if spring was somewhere in the not too distant future. I needed to assure myself of March’s eventual lanolin enriched exit.

After much roaming about the sides of the bridle path around the reservoir, where a crocus or two can usually be found peaking out by this time of year, I had come away empty. I then remembered where The first snowdrops are always sure to appear and headed up to the Conservatory Garden. Sure enough, my search was rewarded by the delicately hardy little blossoms.

Take a minute to check out the Blossom Schedule on CentralPark.org and find out when your favorite flowers will be appearing in the park.

Top Ten Romantic Spots in Central Park

From winter strolls along the Mall to a sunset dinner for two at the Boathouse Restaurant, Central Park has always provided a wide choice of sites for a romantic rondevouz. Here are the the Top Ten we’ve chosen as the very best for Valentine’s Day.

10. The Pool

Placid waters rippling gently beneath gracefully weeping willows, velvety lawns stretching to the water’s edge, a quiet moment stolen from the temporally voracious metropolis outside: the Pool offers a contemplative landscape that almost aches to be shared. A modest picnic lunch leisurely eaten on a lazy summer afternoon with only a few dragonflies for company, the Pool can provide simple pleasures in an increasingly complex city. It is a rare location in the park that can offer even the possibility of solitude, but this mirror-surfaced pond, with its languid curves, has private space to spare. Perfect for a tryst, away from prying eyes and intrusive ears, the Pool can be the site of intimate idylls throughout the year.

9. Wollman Rink

It is cold. It is winter. It is New York. And if it is a clear night, it is hard to imagine a more romantic spot than Wollman Rink. In fact, it is hard to picture Wollman Rink as anything but a romantic spot after watching the movie “Serendipity.” Ice skating in Central Park is easily one of the most picturesque activities to be enjoyed on a winter’s night. Unlike the somewhat overwhelming confines of the Rockefeller Center rink, you can . . . → Read More: Top Ten Romantic Spots in Central Park