Central Park

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Central Park is an urban park in the central part of the borough of Manhattan, New York City. It was initially opened in 1857, on 778 acres (315 ha) of city-owned land, later expanding to its current size of 843 acres (341 ha).In 1858, ... See more
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Strawberry Fields
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Strawberry Fields: On October 9, 1985, on what would have been John Lennon's 45th birthday, New York City dedicated 2.5 acres to his memory. Countries from all around the world contributed trees, and Italy donated the iconic Imagine mosiac. It has since become the sight of impromptu memorial gatherings for other notables and, in the days following the September 11, 2001 attacks, candlelight vigils were held there.

The Lake
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Central Park has twenty-one playgrounds for children located throughout the park; the largest, at 3 acres (12,000 m), is Heckscher Playground named for August Heckscher.

The Pond
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Tavern on the Green
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Did you know that Central Park Conservancy cares for all 250-acres of Central Park's lawns and ballfields? Central Park Conservancy's Turf Crew nurtures and maintains these lawns, which require 7.5 tons of grass seed, 700 tons of topdressing sand, and constant care. To that end, the North Meadow Ballfields will be closed today as we give them a little TLC. Your support is vital to these efforts. Thank you for helping us maintain one of the greatest urban parks in the world! http://www.centralparknyc.org/support/ Follow us on Twitter to be alerted to future landscape closures and maintenance alerts: https://twitter.com/CentralParkNYC

Belvedere Castle
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Wired calls Belvedere Castle one of "5 Great Free Places for Kids in New York." http://bit.ly/OJyaAx Where do your kids like to go in the Park? Image source: http://bit.ly/OJyaAx

East side
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Great Lawn
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Did you know that many of Central Park's lawns get a long winter's nap? Fall and winter are an important time for turf management, and so you will find several of our lawns--including the Great Lawn, Sheep Meadow, and North Meadow--closed starting this week. They will reopen in early April!

Central Park Zoo
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The Central Park Zoo is part of a system of four zoos and one aquarium that is managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo is home to an indoor rainforest, a leafcutter ant colony, a chilled penguin house, and a Polar Bear pool.

The Ramble
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The Ramble was one of the first areas of Central Park to be built. Except for the bedrock, everything inside the Ramble is man-made--the trees were planted by hand, the streams can be turned on and off like a faucet. That doesn't make the Ramble any less special, in fact it is one of the most magical parts of the Park! Learn all the secrets of this very special 36-acre "wild garden," including how Central Park Conservancy maintains it for our 40 million yearly visitors on this special tour! http://bit.ly/1pVtmwZ Central Park Conservancy's Official Tours are the only tours in Central Park that directly support the Park you love! Please join us! To see other tours, take a look at our calendar of events: http://www.centralparknyc.org/events/ #TBT Excellent stereoscopic view of the Ramble Stone Arch from the digital collections of the NYPL The New York Public Library: http://bit.ly/1AazSll

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The Mall
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Sheep Meadow
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The Dairy
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Boathouse Cafe
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The Loeb Boathouse restaurant is the other indoor restaurant in Central Park. Located at the Loeb Boathouse on The Lake, it was designed in 1874, destroyed in 1950, and rebuilt in 1954 on the East Side between 74th and 75th Streets.

Cleopatra's Needle
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Cleopatra's Needle is a red granite obelisk. The "Cleopatra's Needle" in Central Park is one of three; there also is one in Paris and one in London, which is one of a pair with the New York obelisk. Each obelisk is approximately 68–69 feet tall and weigh about 180 tons. They originally were erected at the Temple of Ra, in Heliopolis, in Ancient Egypt around 1450 B.C. by pharaoh Thutmose III. The hieroglyphs were inscribed about two hundred years later by pharaoh Rameses II to glorify his military victories. The obelisks were all moved during the reign of Roman emperor Augustus Caesar when Ancient Egypt was under the control of Rome. They were brought to Alexandria and erected as tribute to Julius Caesar, in front of the Caesarium, a temple originally built by Cleopatra VII of Egypt in honor of Mark Antony, thus the name "Cleopatra's Needle. There are two versions of how the Central Park Cleopatra's Needle made its way to Central Park: either it was a gift from the Khedive of Egypt, Isma'il Pasha, or it was stolen through the machinations of William H. Vanderbilt who paid the tab to have the obelisk shipped to New York and erected. The obelisk arrived in New York in July 1880; it took thirty-two horses hitched in sixteen pairs to pull the obelisk to the park. It was erected in an official ceremony on January 22, 1881.

Shakespeare Garden
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Shakespeare Garden is a four-acre haven tucked behind Belvedere Castle.

Wollman Skating Rink
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Aerial View
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Bethesda Terrace and fountain
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Bridge in Central Park
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designed by Calvert Vaux, separates pedestrians from the carriage drive.

Conservatory Water
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Look out point
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Map of Central Park
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Red-tailed hawk
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Turtle Pond
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Carriage Horse
Central Park Carousel
Flowering Dogwood
Hans Christian Andersen Statue
Lower Central Park
Park Bridge
Passage under Bethesda Terrace
Rat Rock
Statue of Alice
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is located in the Swedish Cottage. The building was originally a model schoolhouse built in Sweden. Made of native pine and cedar, it was disassembled and rebuilt in the U.S. as Sweden's exhibit for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Frederick Law Olmsted moved the cottage to its present site in 1877.

The Balto sculpture
The Mall & Literary Walk
The Pond and Hallett Nature Sanctuary
Victory Leading Sherman
View from Rat Rock


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