The largest park in NYC and one of the world's foremost urban parks, Manhattan’s Central Park offers peace and tranquility in the center of a fast-moving city; the park is the most visited recreational area in the United States.
Central Park in Manhattan, New York City, occupies an area of 3.4 square kilometers. It is not the largest park in the world, but it’s bigger that two of the world’s smallest city-estates: it’s twice the size of Monaco and eight times the area of The Vatican.
Due to its characteristics regarding location, size and the attractions offered, it is comparable to other major urban parks such as Hyde Park in London, Golden Gate Park of San Francisco, Vancouver's Stanley Park, and to a lesser degree, to Toronto’s Islands Park. Some 38 million people a year, including New Yorkers, other visitors from the United States and from around the world roam its many attractions in all seasons along its 4-km length spanning between 59th Street and 110th Street.
Belvedere Castle is located atop Vista Rock in the highest elevation within the park. It has a wonderful view of the Great Lawn and Turtle Pond. It houses the Weather Station for New York City.
The huge park offers extensive garden and forest areas, playgrounds, water reservoirs, bridges, fountains, statues, sculptures and abundant wildlife including mammals such as raccoons and squirrels in the grounds, fish, frogs and turtles in the aquatic habitats, and lots of birds. About 150 species of resident and migratory birds have been recorded in the park. Unfortunately, most of my pictures of several moving or flying birds in the park were out of focus.
The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), also known as the red cardinal, is one of about 150 species of birds than can be seen in the park. This is the female of the species, lacking the bright red colours shown by the males.
The Kerbs Memorial Boathouse stands in front of Conservatory Water, This is Central Park’s famous model boat pond.This
Boathouse was built in 1954 to replace an old wooden structure. The red brick building, with a copper roof and steeple, houses a display of model ships. A couple of Canada geese can be seen in the pond.
Associated to or located next to Central Park are several renowned museums including The American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
This photo essay shows selected interesting locations of Central Park and some of the alternatives available that visitors with limited time can use to accomplish a more thorough visit to the park. Undoubtedly, a better appreciation of the beauty of the park, and the changes occurring with the seasons, remains a precious privilege of New Yorkers.