Central Park

August 4th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Spent most of Friday (Sat NZT) at cycling around it, and then walking much of it also. Was a sunny hot day, so spent most of it there, deciding to leave museums for a more cloudy or rainy day.

Cycling around the park is brilliant fun. Nice and peaceful most of the time, but a couple of hills to make you work a bit. The biggest danger was me crashing as I admired certain joggers :-)

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The statue of Christoper Columbus at Colombus Circle, where most people enter Central Park. The statue was made in 1892, 400 years after Columbus landed in America.

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In winter this is an ice skating rink, and in summer an amusement park. I love the skyscrapers in the background, so you have the park.

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Auckland Girl with Big Bird and Emo.

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The view from on top of the rocks near the rink.

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Some of the many tables at the Chess & Checkers House.

 

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There is a literary walk, with several statues of famous literary figures.

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This is the Bethesda Terrace and the Angel of the Waters Fountain. A beautiful spot.

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A close up of the fountain.

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This is the Conservatory Water.

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A statue of Hans Christian Anderson, author of The Ugly Ducking (and many more).

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Also by the water is this statue of Alice in Wonderland. It is roped off as it is being sprayed with some sort of preservative.

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A view of Uptown, across the waters of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. It is 43 hectares in size, and holds almost 4 billion litres.

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This is also an ice staking rink in winter. In summer it is a free swimming pool, so very popular.

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The main road around the park is six miles long and you get walkers, runners, cyclists, horse and carriages and more They have separate lanes for runners, cyclists and vehicles.

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This is the Great Lawn. It’s, well, huge.

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Belvedere Castle was built in 1869 and for almost 100 years has hosted the US Weather Bureau.

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A statue of King Jagiello of Poland. No idea why it is in Central Park, but it seems he beat the Germans up a lot in the 1400s.

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Turtle Pond – not for swimming in.

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This is the view from the top of Belvedere Castle. How many cities in the world would have a view like that?

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Walking through The Ramble.

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Enjoying a cycle around. So great to be able to cycle without a helmet (as you are in the park). You can hire cycles from half a dozen places nearby – but not in the park itself.

Central Park is a big part of what makes so beloved.

Of interest, it is not actually run or maintained by the City of New York – but by a private charitable trust.

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19 Responses to “Central Park”

  1. Colville (2,272 comments) says:

    I assume some Rich Prick gave the park to City back in the day?

    Filty rich scum! :-)

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  2. Brian Harmer (687 comments) says:

    That Alice in Wonderland statue is great, but after a few hours in the NY summer sun, it stores enough heat to fry eggs and the bronze against bare skin can inflict painful burns. It is without a doubt a wonderful park.

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  3. gump (1,650 comments) says:

    @Colville

    Why would you think that?

    The land was purchased by the City of New York in 1853 for the purposes of building a park. The land was compulsorily acquired under the laws of eminent domain (which are similar to our Public Works Act). There was no philanthropy involved.

    Citation: http://www.centralpark.com/guide/history.html

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  4. Akaroa (558 comments) says:

    David posted: “This is the view from the top of Belvedere Castle. How many cities in the world would have a view like that?”

    Er, David. How about Auckland, New Zealand,….?

    Driving from the North on the M-way and approaching the Harbour Bridge?

    A striking and impressive view of Auckland’s sky-line fronted by the harbour!

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  5. adze (2,126 comments) says:

    With due respect to our host, I wish the website was configured with a higher “jump” so that you didn’t have to scroll past 50 pictures on the home page. :)

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  6. Fentex (986 comments) says:

    As a minor point of historical interest, Christopher Columbus never landed on or even saw either of the American continents. His trips across the Atlantic were all to Caribbean islands.

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  7. Longknives (4,767 comments) says:

    David- I think Auckland Girl is sitting with Elmo not an ‘Emo’….
    http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/524237/

    Akaroa- Dude, Comparing Auckland with New York? how much have you had to drink??

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  8. wrightingright (143 comments) says:

    @adze just hold down the space bar, quick and easy and fast!

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  9. wrightingright (143 comments) says:

    @longknives, I was expecting this:

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  10. cha (4,036 comments) says:

    But was it really a raccoon on a bike….

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/08/01/brooklyn-woman-attacked-by-2-bizarre-raccoons-in-central-park/

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  11. James Stephenson (2,191 comments) says:

    From the “Not a lot of people know that” file: The bloke that laid out the park borrowed a lot of his ideas from Birkenhead Park (the original Birkenhead that is).

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  12. hane (69 comments) says:

    Pretty sad to see Farrar endorsing Big Bird. The Children’s Television Workshop is a communist organisation.

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  13. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    Auckland Girl must be very broadminded David…I have found that my female companions across several cultures and ages all take a dim view of ogling…or perhaps yours is a relationship based on a meeting of the minds? So much less messy, as I am finding in middle age…

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  14. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    gump @ 5.05pm – what are you doing!
    This is kiwiblog. Facts must not get in the way of stereotyping!

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  15. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    Longknives @ 7.11pm

    I agree with Akaroa. The spot that Akoroa describes gives a view across the harbour with Auckland City in the background that is amazing. Too bad you are on the motorway at the time and cannot stop.
    Then there is the view of the city on Mt Eden. Even better at night.
    Or looking across the water to Rangitoto from Takapuna Beach.

    Seeing other cities is great, but we have it good here too.

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  16. Colville (2,272 comments) says:

    Gump. I misread. DPF said it was run by not owned by a charitable trust.

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  17. All_on_Red (1,584 comments) says:

    The cynic in me wonders if DPF posts these so his trip can be tax deductible…

    [DPF: No. The only thing I claim is the cost of Internet access while travelling, as that is necessary for me to keep my business going back home]

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  18. Manolo (13,837 comments) says:

    DPF, did you try your luck with any off the chess hustlers (sharks) in the park? Some of them are really sharp players.

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  19. Akaroa (558 comments) says:

    Longknives at 7 PM yesterday – (If you’re still around!)

    Pal, I can compare Auckland New Zealand – and any other part of New Zealand come to that – with places I have been and ‘Sights!” that i have seen. Call me insensitive but i have yet to see or visit a place/sight that can touch some of the places and sights we have right here at home.

    Try the Shwe Dagon Pagoda in Burma, the real, inner, Thailand (NOT Pattaya or Bangkok), Noo York City, Washington, Ottawa, San Francisco, the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, Aden, Arabia, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Noo Orleans, Hong Kong, all over Europe, etc.’ etc..

    I’d swap any of them for South Island high country, the wild West Coast, or Northland.

    Wouldn’t you?

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