Central Park

Central Park

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Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan, New York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013, and one of the most filmed locations in the world. The park was established in 1857 on 778 acres of city-owned land. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, a landscape architect and an architect, respectively, won a design competition to improve and expand the park with a plan they titled the "Greensward Plan".

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One of the world’s most renowned green spaces, Central Park comprises 843 acres of rolling meadows, boulder-studded outcroppings, elm-lined walkways, manicured European-style gardens, a lake, and a reservoir — not to mention an outdoor theater, a memorial to John Lennon, an idyllic waterside eatery (the Loeb Boathouse), and a famous Alice in Wonderland statue. Highlights include the 15-acre Sheep Meadow, where thousands of people lounge and play on warm days
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You’re a subway stop away from one of the world’s greatest urban parks, and the park truly comes alive during this colorful season. Visit the museum, ride a bike, or swing and slide at one of the many original wood-styled playgrounds. And for the very best views, stroll over to one of the many ponds—”The Pond” and the Gapstow Bridge are both ideal options for nature lovers and those wanting to snap frame-worthy photos.
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With nearly 40 million visitors a year, Central Park is one of the busiest tourist attractions in the world. Its geographic prominence makes it one of the most iconic and internationally recognized landmarks in New York City. This hike is a 4-mile loop through Central Park, with plenty of opportunities to explore.
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NYC's backyard in the center of the city, with some of the best playgrounds in town—we recommend Hecksher Playground, the Ancient Playground outside the Metropolitan Museum and Billy Johnson Playground, where the granite slides are big hits. Visit Belvedere Castle, the Zoo, or catch a show at the Swedish Marionette Cottage. Don't miss Conservatory Water, where you can watch mini sailboats float, or Strawberry Fields, the park's memorial to John Lennon.
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One of New York City’s biggest attractions also offers riders three bike paths: a 6.1mi (9.8km), 5.2mi (8.4km) or 1.7mi (2.7km) ride. All routes are car-free during weekends, leaving them open for horse carriages, runners and cyclists to enjoy. The park also offers bike rental services.
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Like New York City's subway system, the vast and majestic Central Park, a rectangle of open space in the middle of Manhattan, is a great class leveler – exactly as it was envisioned. Created in the 1860s and ’70s by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux on the marshy northern fringe of the city, the immense park was designed as a leisure space for all New Yorkers regardless of color, class or creed. It’s also an oasis from the insanity.
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This beautiful trail takes you through the famous Central Park, located right in the heart of Manhattan. The park is a tourist attraction, and is popular among hikers, walkers, and runners. The mostly flat loop will highlight the natural beauty of the park amongst the breathtaking backdrop of towering skyscrapers. Enjoy the rolling meadows, the green wooded paths, or watch the sun glisten over the lake. Experience the tranquility of being out in nature right in the middle of Manhattan.
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It doesn't take brilliant travel minds to tell you that a park is free to visit – most parks are. But most parks aren't Central Park, Manhattan's famed claim to thinking ahead (even if it was designed in the 1860s to boost real-estate value uptown). It's filled with free events, statues, people-watching and sites like Strawberry Fields, an “Imagine” mosaic near the Dakota, where John Lennon was killed in 1980.
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Central Park is such an iconic, spectacular place, and so full of life. I love to go there to ride my bike or with Enzo. I have a lot of great memories there. One that stands out is the time when we shot the video with Jhay Cortez.
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Central Park spans 863 acres (349 hectares) and approximately 3.5 square kilometers (1,34 square miles) in the middle of Manhattan. The park is free for all to enjoy, so pop in and explore all of its lush nooks and crannies. Stroll across the romantic Bow Bridge, a picturesque cast-iron bridge that serves as the setting for unforgettable TV and film scenes as well as wedding and engagement photos.
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