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Central Park of New York: You Didn't Know It


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Central Park of New York: You Didn't Know It


Central Park is perhaps the most popular place in New York for both tourists and locals. When we think of him, pictures from our favorite American films pop up before our eyes: someone went out to the park for a jog, someone walks thoughtfully with a glass of coffee, comprehending life's vicissitudes, and someone faced their fate and scattered apples from package ... What features does the park have and what secrets does it remember? Let's tell you now!

Places to visit in Central Park

Large lawn

The large lawn is the most massive part of the park: it occupies the area from 79th to 86th streets, that is, the central part. Here are sports grounds (baseball, basketball, etc.), and in the summer the lawn becomes a repository for concerts.

Terrace Bethesda

Befezda is a section of the park that combines a terrace, a fountain, several recreation areas and observation platforms. The attraction got its name from the bath of the same name in Jerusalem from the Gospel of John. The Befezda was built in 1865 by architects Jacob Mold and Calvert Vox. This place is one of the most cinematic in the city: the site often becomes a filming location.

Square "Strawberry Fields"

This place was created in memory of John Lennon of the legendary The Beatles. The place was not chosen by chance: the last years of his life, the singer lived in a Dakota apartment near Central Park - and here he was killed by a crazy fan, who is still serving a life sentence. In 1985, the year of the 5th anniversary of Lennon's death, a mosaic plate appeared on Strawberry Fields with the inscription Imagine - the name of the musician's main hit. Naturally, the place has become a mecca for all Beatle lovers: on memorable dates, fans gather here, sing songs and play hits on guitars.

Monument to the dog Balto

Balto is a legendary husky dog who helped deliver medical supplies during the diphtheria epidemic in Alaska in 1925. The story of a brave dog who saved the lives of hundreds of children is immortalized in animated films and a monument in Central Park in New York.

Reservoir Jacqueline Kennedy

The park reservoir was named Jacqueline Kennedy in 1994 in gratitude for her dedication and love for New York. The reservoir is one of the favorite places for jogging among the townspeople, especially in the autumn-winter time.

Shakespeare's garden

This place was praised by the writer, and in the center of it grows a mulberry tree, which, according to legend, was planted by Shakespeare himself. In the garden, where the flowers grow, the Shakespeare in the Park festival is held annually, which is attended by famous people - at different times they were: Al Pacino, Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep.

Belvedere Castle

The castle, built in the 19th century, attracts all visitors to Central Park. The material from which it was erected are stones 450 million years old. Until the 1960s, the castle housed a weather forecasting center, now the facility has become a tourist attraction.

Sheep pasture

Until 1934, this area really served as a sheep pasture. Shepherds lived here, surrounding the area with small huts - today they have been converted into a trendy restaurant. The former sheep pasture is a favorite place among the townspeople to have a picnic and enjoy nature. Free movie screenings are held on the lawn during the summer.

Interesting facts about Central Park

  • The National Park in Manhattan came about through the efforts of journalists who published the idea in the 1840s in a local newspaper. In 1853, the city authorities allocated an area for the development of a green zone.
  • Since the area was swampy, 14,000 m3 of land was brought from New Jersey for its fortification.
  • While transporting land, workers discovered an unusual insect - a new species of centipede Nannarrup hoffmani was discovered, which lives in leaves fallen from trees in the park.
  • The total area of the oasis in the city center is 341 hectares. This area could fit 2 Monaco.
  • The park is visited by at least 25 million tourists annually.
  • Most parts of the park were created artificially, which cannot be said at first glance. Among the handcrafted lakes, alleys and lawns, several original natural landscapes make their way.
  • In total, the National Park has 25 thousand trees, 7 water bodies, 136 acres of forest, 250 acres of lawn lawns, 100 kilometers of walkways, 36 arches and bridges.
  • The place is popular not only for its picturesque views, abundance of vegetation and sports opportunities, but also for the fact that concerts, festivals, interactive events, events, competitions, performances, etc. are held in the National Park almost every day.
  • You cannot buy food in the park, there are no eateries, cafes and food stalls, so all visitors bring food with them.
  • In the center of the National Park is the famous carousel, which often appears in American films.

To plunge into the atmosphere of New York, you need to visit just a few iconic places, among which Central Park occupies one of the leading positions. Who knows if you are the one lucky enough to see a new blockbuster being shot or a Hollywood star living in Manhattan doing sports?

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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