The Jewel of Manhattan

By Dave Caplan

Nestled between the Upper East and Upper West side of Manhattan is one of the most beautiful parks in the world, Central Park. A model for urban parks throughout the world, Central Park opened in 1873. A competition to decide who would design the park was won by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux. The pair also designed Riverside Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

With 35 million visitors a year it is the most visited urban parks in the United States. 843 acres of gorgeous ponds, bridges, pathways, emerald fields, playgrounds and a sparkling reservoir named after one of New York’s most beloved residents Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

This is one of the only places in New York that has something to offer for everyone. Here is a short list. Bike riding, softball, rock climbing, ice skating, volleyball, tennis, croquet, lawn bowling, running and of course relaxing on one of the parks 8,968 benches. There is even a special pond for sailing model sail boats.

The park sponsors spectacular events all year including the Shakespeare Festival and Summerstage which offers free performances in music, dance and theatre. One of the most romantic evenings in the park is when the New York Philharmonic performs open air on the Great Lawn. Grab a blanket, the love of your life and recline beneath the stars while listening to Mozart. There have also been free concerts performed by some of the most famous entertainers in the world including Barbara Streisand, Carole King, Elton John and the Supremes. In 1991 Paul Simon drew a half a million people to the Great Lawn. And my parents don’t know this but I cut school one day and went to a Jefferson Airplane concert. Those were the days!

Last week’s trivia answer-Broadway

Last Week’s Mystery photo- Statue of George Washington at Federal Hall National Memorial

Trivia question-How many bodies of water are in Central Park?

Mystery photo below:

Can you tell NYWT where this image was taken?
Can you tell NYWT where this image was taken?

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