You know when you’re running around the Reservoir Running Track and the view takes your breath away? Or when you’re in the Sheep Meadow playing frisbee and the skyline stops you in your tracks? Yeah, we want to hear about that! Tag your photos, stories, poems, reminiscences, videos, or anything else with #CentralParkMoments here, here, here, or here.
I have made up so many “totally true” stories about the mysterious history of Belvedere Castle (including the secret maze of tunnels underneath), that even I have started to believe them.
I think everyone who has spent a lot of time in Central Park has done this. What is your favorite “totally true” story of some thing or some place in Central Park that you’re now afraid to admit that you made up?
Central Park is used by millions of visitors in a million different ways. Some people come to play, others to relax, and some to find peace. We asked Suzanne Barraza, a Central Park Conservancy Discovery Guide and yoga and meditation teacher to help us find the best spots in Central Park for meditation. We’ll reveal them in an ongoing series here.
I have been practicing yoga and meditation for over 30 years, and teaching for nearly 25. As part of my teaching process I have been taking meditative walks in Central Park with my yoga students for over 10 years.
My love of Central Park led me to become a Conservancy Discovery Guide (educating visitors about the Park) in April 2014. Central Park has always been a place of solace and renewal for me. During my walks, I have discovered some special areas of the Park that either are peaceful in themselves or seem, even with activity around, to foster a more still state of mind. Here is one of my discoveries.
Location: Wildflower Garden, North End, Center Drive
Why: Well-kept secret; quiet
Special Features: Butterflies, birds, dragonflies, flowers, grassy areas
Best Time of Day/Season: Aug.-Sept., mid-afternoon to dusk
How to Get There: Enter at E.102 go to E.Drive/102
Meditation: Bees, butterflies, dragonflies, & wasps all play their part in the cycle of life
Central Park Conservancy is the non-profit that keeps Central Park beautiful and vibrant. Founded in 1980, the Conservancy raises 75% of the Park’s annual budget from private donations.
At its core, Central Park Conservancy is a group of New Yorkers absolutely dedicated to the preservation of Central Park for future generations. Meet two of the Conservancy’s dedicated employees in this great profile from real estate blog 6sqft.
Are you inspired to learn more about the Forts Landscape in Central Park after reading today’s great New York Times article? Join a Central Park Conservancy tour guide on a special tour this Sunday devoted entirely to the topic.
The Forts Landscape features the remnants of a string of fortifications built 200 years ago during the War of 1812 to protect New York City from the British. The redcoats never arrived, and the fortifications melted into the landscape, but if you know where to look (and our tour guides do) remnants exist. This tour is a must for all New York-area history buffs!
Simon and Garfunkel’s iconic album—The Concert in Central Park—was recorded on this date on the Great Lawn 33 years ago in 1981. The album was released a few months later in February of 1982.
The New York Times called it “a wonderful concert,” with “one of the finest groups of musicians ever to play together at a New York rock concert,” and a “valentine to the city.” And while history records that “several hundred thousand” people jammed the Great Lawn, it was probably closer to 50,000.
But all those people and all those concerts took their toll on the Great Lawn, and by the close of the decade it was commonly known as the “Great Dust Bowl" for its lack of greenery and grass. In 1995, Central Park Conservancy undertook an $18 million project to restore the Great Lawn. Today, the lawn is still great and full of life. And music.
erinaroundtown: The Central Park Conservatory Garden
The Conservatory Garden is like catnip for the amateur photographer who is into closeups of flowers. Don’t be surprised if an entire post is dedicated to this very subject.
The original post was edited to correct the name of the garden.