Cornelian Cherry (Cornus Mas)

cornellian cherry The Cornelian Cherry is a type of Dogwood that originated in Europe and Asia. It was probably introduced into this country before 1800. This ornamental tree grows well in a variety of soils and is tolerant of a great many climates, which makes it ideal for the sometimes challenging urban life in the Conservatory Garden. In fact it is reportedly the longest-lived kind of dogwood tree.  It is also ideal for Central Park because it is an early blooming shrub, with the first flowering buds appearing in March. Another advantage is that the Cornelian Cherry can withstand the sometimes cruel late frosts that can damage other early blooming fruit trees. This sturdy tree takes it all in stride. It is one of the earliest blooming fruit trees in the northeast.

Once prized for its fruits, this tree is now more commonly used for its ornamental value. It brings several seasons of entertainment to the garden, which makes it a valuable addition all year round. After the vivid blossoms fall and cover the ground underneath the tree, the glossy, deep green foliage appears. The leaves slowly turn to a vivid mahogany red as summer turns to autumn. During the winter the lovely, flaking bark takes over in colors that range from buttery tan to gray.

The Cornelian cherries themselves are among the tastiest of fruits. The flavor can vary from one cultivar to another, some having have tart fruits, while others tend to be more on the sweet side. The fruits can be used to make jellies, tarts, and other dishes. In Turkey, they are used to flavor sherbets. In Norway the blossoms are used to add flavor to distilled spirits. In Russia, the fruits are dried and ground for use in pancakes and baked goods. In France they’re preserved in honey or sugar. In Greece, they’re used for making brandy. In parts of Europe the unripe fruits are pickled in brine and eaten like olives. The seeds have even been found in sites occupied during prehistoric times.

 

This is obviously an ornamental tree that has been long enough to get by very nicely in the big city.  The Cornelian Cherry is a star every season in Central Park and never misses a cue.

 

 

Conservatory Garden

One of the hidden wonders of Central Park is the Conservatory Garden at Fifth Avenue and 105th St. A secluded oasis, just a few steps down from one of the City’s busiest thoroughfares; the garden offers a fragrant respite from the gasp and clatter of the urban afternoon.

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
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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
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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
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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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