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Central Park

In the very center of Manhattan is find this famous public park. Come to him Yorkers and tourists to stroll, play sports or relax in his spare time.

Features 3.41 square kilometers , is rectangular and is bounded by 110th Street to the north, the Central Park West on the west by 59th Street South and Fifth Avenue in the east.

Central Park

Central Park

The designers of the park were Frederick LawOlmsted and Calvert Vaux between 1860 and 1870.

There are several gardens, among which are the Great Lawn , which is the largest, practically in the center of the park, Botanical Garden Garden Shakespeare with various species of plants, opened in 1916; there is also a zoo ; several gaps , the most important is the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir , of almost 43 hectares and around which thousands of athletes running to the south we find The Lake , navigable in summer and skating in winter with about 7 acres further south is The Pond , under sea level and north is the Harlem Meer 4.5 acres, surrounded by trees and where sport fishing is allowed.

It also has 21 yards 1 pool 2 rinks 30 tennis courts and quantity are organized activities for all ages, plays, concerts, seminars, screenings …

Central Park

Central Park

There are various monuments and places that stand between the Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Fountain, and Strawberry Fields.

Strawberry Fields

It is a garden in front of the teardrop Dakota Building , before which he was killed John Lennon .

It opened on December 8, 1980, the same day that the Beatles would have turned 45, 9 October 1985 is named after the song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, “Strawberry Fields Forever” and was designed by Bruce Kelly.

It is surrounded by elms, and there is a black and white mosaic where you can read “Imagine” , which is often strewn with flower petals. It is the most visited place in Central Park.

Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields

Bethesda Fountain

This source is located in the center of the Bethesda Terrace , built by Olmsted and Vaux, two stories.

It was designed by Emma Stebbins in 1868 and inaugurated in 1873 represents the Angel of the Waters , eight feet high bearing a lily in her left hand, a symbol of purity .

Bethesda Fountain - Central Park

Bethesda Fountain – Central Park

Delacorte Theatre

This outdoor theater is where moved the Public Theater in summer.

It was founded in 1945 and began to represent Shakespeare. Horseshoe-shaped and up to 1800 people. Tickets are free .

Close to Turtle Pound.

Delacorte Theatre

Delacorte Theatre

Belvedere Castle

South of the Delacorte Theater we found this building. Belvedere Castle is the most important buildings in the park. It is a house of Victorian , designed in 1865 by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould .

It is placed at the second highest point of the park, with a nice views.

Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle

Since 1919 is the headquarters of Meteorological Observatory New York , and inside houses several collections related to natural history, telescopes and microscopes objects.

Facts about Central Park

The Swedish Cottage (Swedish country house) hides a Puppet Theatre featuring roles for children.

In the Chess and Checkers House There are tables to play chess.

You may fish in the Harlem Meer , provided that the fish are returned to the pond.

Streetlights , designed by Henry Bacon, are numbered according to their location adjacent streets. If you find, for example, the lamp number 6298 means you are at the height of 62th Street.

There is a Secret Garden , not accessible to the public. It is the Hallett Nature Sanctuary , near 59th Street, a protected ecosystem that protects native plants, rabbits, raccoons and other animals.

They say that there Central Park under the underground caves used during the World Wars, designed for the purposes of the Manhattan Project. The same would have been Top Secret for many years and could accommodate over 14,000 people.

Ubicación de Central Park

Ubicación de Central Park

Location: Central Park, Midtown.
How to get there: lines Metro a, B and C circulating in the west of the park, line 2 crosses north and lines N, Q, R and south.
About Museum of Natural History , Met Solomon R. Guggenheim , Museum of the City of New York , MoMA .
Es una de las 50 paradas libres del Bus Turístico de Nueva York.