Central Park – New York City

I’ve been putting off writing my posts about New York for a while now. Not because I didn’t have the best time ever – but because we did so many things that I’ve really been struggling with how to make it succinct and readable. So instead of separate posts for each day, I’ll categorise posts and do it that way!

So, as you may have figured out. This post is about Central Park. We went to Central Park twice. The first time, we got super frustrated as it is so huge and labyrinth-like with very poor signage and ended up leaving fairly quickly. The second time we went, we had a pretty solid plan and saw some really special things.

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When we were in the park, it was hard to believe that we were surrounded by all the hustle and bustle of Manhattan – we couldn’t hear it at all and we could only see it from certain angles.

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We went to CP right at the start of January so it was super cold and the trees were bare. This meant that we didn’t get to see many nice plants or how green it could be. We also didn’t get snow. But, the sky was still blue and we had a great time regardless.

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One of my favourite things about CP was seeing so many parts of the park that I recognised from film and television. I’ll do a separate post on that soon, but there were so many times that we’d turn a corner and I’d realise that I knew where we were from something I’d seen on screen.

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The length of CP is 2.5 miles (about 4km) and it is half a mile wide (about 800 meters). Given that unless you’re walking along the edge of it, it snakes backwards and forwards and round in circles – it’s really quite a mission to get all of it done! We actually didn’t end up going any further north than The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I think most of the interesting things are below that anyway!

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It made such a difference for us when we went with a plan and a map (here is one you can download onto your phone or print off). The things that we made an effort to see were the Alice in Wonderland statue, the Wollman Rink, the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, the Bow Bridge, Belvedere Castle, Tavern on the Green (for a view of the Ghostbusters building), Strawberry Fields (where the Imagine / John Lennon memorial is) and also to walk down The Mall and Literary walk.

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One of the coolest things that we came across in CP was this group of singers, Peace Industry Music Group, who were incredible. We sat and listened to quite a few of their songs and when we got home Lincoln actually bought their album. We agree that they sound much more impressive live. I filmed a bit which you can see in the video and the end of this post and you can also check them out here.

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Before going to CP I’d advise planning what you’d like to do. Maybe check out this site hereΒ Β there is an interactive map so you can choose what you’d like to see. I’d account for a full day if you’d like to do the park properly too. There are heaps of places to eat and it’s absolutely possible to spend an entire day wandering around.
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Here is a video of our day/s in CP!

 

Bye for now!

 

Sara

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