Central Park New York

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Central Park is an Urban Park in Manhattan, New York.  It comprises 843 acres (341 ha) between the Upper West Side and Upper East Side,  roughly bounded by Fifth Avenue on the east. 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 (315 ha) of land acquired by the city. In 1858, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and architect/landscape designer Calvert Vaux  won a design competition to improve and expand the park with a plan they titled the “Greensward Plan”. Construction began the same year, and the park’s first area was opened to the public in the winter of 1858. Construction north of the park continued during the American Civil War in the 1860s, and the park was expanded to its current size in 1873. After a period of decline in the early 20th century,Robert Moses started a program to clean up Central Park. Another decline in the late 20th century spurred the creation of the Central Park Conservancy  in 1980, which refurbished many parts of the park during the 1980s and 1990s.

Central Park was designated a National Historic Landmark by the US Department of the Interior  in 1962, which in April 2017 placed it on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage. The park managed for decades by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, is currently managed by the Central Park Conservancy under contract with the municipal government in a public-private partnership. The Conservancy is a non-profit organization that contributes 75 percent of Central Park’s $65 million annual budget and is responsible for all basic care of the 843-acre park.

 

Trivia:

1. Central Park was the first public landscaped park in all of the United States.

2. The lamp posts (the giant, tall-and-skinny ones – not the decorative ones) throughout Central Park actually serve as a navigational tool to prevent people from getting lost. The posts display white spray-painted numbers that correspond to the nearest street. For instance, if you’re near 72nd Street on the West Side, the poles will read “W72.” The lamps themselves also recently underwent an eco-friendly makeover as they successfully installed nearly 1,600 LED lights in Central Park, a move intended to reduce energy usage by more than 60 percent and save the park almost $30,000.

3. Go for a dip in Central Park’s ice skating rink cum pool. In the winter it is used for skating and in the summer it is a huge public swimming pool.

4. Some of the park’s most historical items include a 3,500-year-old Egyptian obelisk, which is often referred to by its nickname, Cleopatra’s Needle, and it’s the oldest man-made artifact in Central Park. At 71 feet high and weighing about 200 tons, this official NYC landmark can be found right behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Central Park’s oldest building is the Blockhouse, and while it may not look like anything special, it is the only remaining fortification of the many like it that were built in 1814 to defend against the British. The stone structure once had a sunken wooden roof and mobile cannon and, today, is empty, roofless, and locked up. Then, the park’s oldest sculpture is a bronze, taxidermy-inspired piece depicting eagles devouring their prey and was cast in Paris in 1850 by Christophe Fratin.

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One fine day  on April 28, 2018. Walking through the park gives me a relaxing feeling. At the park, there are many things you can see and do. I have been to different parks in Asia, I visited parks in different season and one thing I can say, Central Park is top of my list. We arrived in mid-morning and the air was brisk and fresh through the subway transportation.

The planned was to visit the famous Filipino fast food in Manhattan, but unfortunately the store is not yet open for business. My new found friend Aya, asked me if I wanted to stroll in the Park since we were there already in the area, my heart just jumped up. It was a day of adventure.

The park was so huge that you can’t finished strolling the whole place in a day. I saw plenty of tulips in different colors, cherry blossoms and magnolia flowers in bloom. People are there to have fun, enjoy and take advantage of the good weather. Yesterday was a sunny but cool day, a good time for family to have a picnic, exercise, jog and just be out under the sun. Teenagers in roller blade and skateboard. I noticed plenty of wedding prenuptial shoot, tourists everywhere busy capturing the moment, old and young lovers walking holding hands, and a lot of inspiring scene.  On the other side of the park, several children were using the typical park accessories. Children flock to playground and you can hear their happy and innocent laughter. Running, sliding and climbing. It was a magical feeling hearing the noise and shouting from everywhere because at home its so quiet.

The fragrance of the flowers lends a sweet charm to the surrounding that even until today, I can still smell the fragrance of magnolia trees. I enjoyed sitting under the cherry blossom trees; the wind blows and the flowers fell like magic from heaven because I imagined the scene from Korean Telenovela, as I closed my eyes, magic prevails. Sounds “hopelessly romantic” but this is me creating the good memories in the best I could be.  The garden also serves as a nest of singing birds. Many beautiful birds perch in the trees  and pour out their melodious songs.

As the fascination sink-in, I realized this park symbolizes the diversity of people in this country. Everyone is welcome, everyone can hope for a better life.


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