Fascinating facts about Central Park in New York City

New York is known for its fast-paced lifestyle and sophisticated flair. However, the Big Apple isn’t all about modern architecture and contemporary attractions. Apart from the famous New York sightseeings such as Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Center, New York City is also popular for Central Park – a colossal lush green landscape set right amid this concrete jungle. If you are visiting New York, then Central Park is one attraction that you should absolutely not miss. Though it may seem like a normal, expansive garden, this attraction will surprise you with numerous other attractions set within it. Here are some interesting facts about Central Park of New York City.

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  • Located in the midst of Manhattan island, Central Park is a rectangular lush green landscape sprawling around 843 acres of land. It stretches from Fifth and Eighth Avenues on the west and east, and 59th and 106th streets on the north and south.
  • Central Park is teeming with 8 bodies of water, 58 miles of pathways, 250 acres of lawns and 136 acres of woodland.
  • Central Park is larger than the country of Monaco. The total area of Central Park is 3.41 square kilometer whereas Monaco is 2.02 square kilometer.
  • It is the USA’s most visited urban park. Approximately more than 40 million people visit the park in a year.
  • Central Park is the first public landscaped park in the USA. Though it looks very natural, it is a planned and meticulously landscaped urban park. It is believed that a village once thrived at this spot which was cleared off to pave way for construction of Central Park.
  • Central Park is home to eight manmade water bodies namely the Harlem Meer; the Loch; the Pool; the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir; the Turtle Pond; the Lake; Conservatory Water; and the Pond.
  • There are over 25000 trees and more than 500 species of wildlife residing within Central Park.
  • Central Park actually has 26 baseball fields, 30 tennis courts, 51 sculptures, 36 bridges & arches, 7 ornamental fountains, 2 ice-skating rinks, 125 drinking fountains, over 9,000 benches, and 1 vintage carousel.
  • Throughout the park, you will find only one straight pathway. ‘The Mall’ which stretches from 66th to 72nd Streets is the only pedestrian path that goes straight ahead flanked by rows of American elm trees. It is also one of the most photographed sites in this Park.
  • The park is known for its sculptures and installations. The famous ones that you should check out at Central Park are the 11 foot tall, bronze sculpture inspired from Alice in Wonderland and a 3500-year-old Egyptian obelisk known as “Cleopatra’s Needle’ which is also the oldest installation in Central Park.
  • Central Park has a 57-horse carousel which is one of the largest and oldest carousels of the USA. The Friedsam Memorial Carousel located at 64th Street dates 100 years back but was restored numerous time, however, the vintage charm still lingers on.
  • There are people living inside it and they proudly call it their home, A 2010 US Census revealed that nearly 25 people mention Central Park as their permanent address.
  • Central Park is a popular filming location and many movies have featured the park such as Romeo and Juliet, When Harry meets Sally, Home Alone Part 2, Avengers, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s to name a few.
  • The ‘Strawberry Field Memorial’ inside the park is a tribute to Beatles’ John Lennon and was titled after the Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever”.
  • Central Park also has a zoo. Sprawling 6.5-acre, the Central Park Zoo was started in the year 1934 and since then is home to over 1400 animals. You can have a pleasant encounter with sea lions, snow leopards, Black and White Ruffed Lemurs, Tufted Puffins, and different species of penguins among other wildlife.
  • If you are at Shakespeare Garden, there is a chance that you might see a castle on your way. The Belvedere Castle was built in 1889 and presents as a great spot to get some scenic views of Central Park.
  • The Lasker Rink in Central Park lets you enjoy a refreshing dip during warm New York summers and turns into an exciting spot to show off your skating skills during frigid winters.
  • There are quite a few cafes and fully servicing restaurants located inside Central Park if you feel famished after a long stroll. For a quick bite, you can visit Ballfields Café, Dancing Crane Cafe at Central Park Zoo, Harlem Meer Snack Bar, Kerbs Boathouse Café, Wollman Rink. Feel like having a hearty meal? Head to any one of these three fantastic restaurants. The Loeb Boathouse Restaurant lets you enjoy boating or gondola rides or simply lets you enjoy your meal with gorgeous lake views. Tavern on the Green offers a pleasant ambiance and classic dishes. Le Pain Quotidien takes you on an experience full of European flair and flavours.
  • One of USA’s largest and most visited museum is located within Central Park. The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds some of the largest curated collection of world-famous painters and artisans and you can visit them at Central Park.

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