Why is Central Park so popular

Central Park

Huge in size and centrally located: this is how it extends Central Park in the middle of Manhattan from 59 to 110 Streets between 5th and 8th Avenues. He is over 4 kilometers long and 840 meters wide: It covers at least 5% of the area of ​​Manhattan.

Do: The highlights in Central Park

Central Park is still very popular. Boats go on the lakes, playgrounds are inviting, especially in the morning and in the evening many people jog through the park.

The big meadows:

The Great Lawn (Large lawn) is one of the most famous urban meadows in the world. The large oval lawn is in the middle of the park, between 79th and 85th Streets. In addition to the large green, which is great for relaxing, there are various baseball pitches. The large and free Central Park concerts took place here, such as those by Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross, Bon Jovi or the New York Philharmonic.

Incidentally, the Great Lawn is closed in winter to maintain it until spring.

The Sheep Meadow is the place for rest, relaxation and a meeting place for families. Organized sports are not allowed on the 61,000 square meter lawn, but here people lie in the sun, fly kites or have a picnic. In addition, there is the great view of the skyline that surrounds the park. The meadow is on the west side of the park between 66th and 69th Streets. The Sheep Meadow is also closed in winter.

is inspired by the Gospel of John, who gave healing powers to the Pool of Bethesda.

Bethesda Terrace is at 72nd Street.

At the water

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir was named after the first lady in 1994, she liked the 2.4 kilometer jogging route around the lake. Other celebrities, such as Bill Clinton or Madonna, made their rounds on the way with the great views over the water and New York City.

The reservoir was originally created in the 1860s to temporarily supply New York City with water. It lost this function in 1993 due to modern systems. The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir is located between 85th and 96th Streets.

At the central lake The Lake lies that Loeb Boathouse: Here you can not only eat or drink something on the terrace, but also have a drink Rowboat rent. You can comfortably cruise across the water in the middle of Central Park.

Somewhat away from the great rivers, in the northeast of the park, lies the Harlem Meer. It's quiet here, you can swim in summer and ice-skate in winter.

Bethesda Terrace

The Bethesda Terrace is one of the most beautiful and central places in Central Park. The passage is especially worth seeing Bethesda Arcade with the magnificent ceiling: It is decorated with 15,000 tiles from the English Minton Tile Company. The passage is a worthwhile photo opportunity, and street musicians often play here because of the good acoustics.

The fountain is in the square in front of it Bethesda Fountain with its famous water angel on its tip. The statue is inspired by the Gospel of John who gave healing powers to the Pool of Bethesda.

Bethesda Terrace is at 72nd Street.

Great dams and monuments

Alice in Wonderland: The bronze statue was erected in 1959, it shows Alice with her companions in Wonderland. Alice is especially popular with children. The memorial is on the east side near 75th Street.

The statue of Balto dog is particularly popular, it is reminiscent of the sled dog who helped provide medicine to sick children in Alaska in 1925 in the harsh winter. East Drive, 67th Street.

The Strawberry Fields remember the singer and ex-Beatle John Lennon. He was shot dead nearby in 1981. John's widow Yoko Ono helped to create not only a place of remembrance, but also a meditative place in Central Park. Strawberry Fields are on the west side between 71st and 74th Streets.

The Central Park Zoo

It's on Fifth Avenue and 63rd Street Central Park Zoo: 130 animal species such as snow leopards, polar bears, monkeys, king penguins and tropical birds live in the enclosures. There is also a petting zoo for the little ones with sheep, goats and other animals to touch.

How a green oasis has grown

In 1851, New York Mayor Ambrose Kingsland in Europe was inspired by the parks there and discussed the project for New York City. Many architects and landscape planners tinkered, designed and finally built the park from 1858. Watercourses and waterfalls were laid out, paths built, trees planted, and monuments (e.g. for Friedrich Schiller and Alexander von Humboldt) erected. The zoo was laid out in 1870. Eventually the Metropolitan Museum of Art was created.

From 1945 tall houses grew around Central Park that frame it today. Poverty increased and it became dangerous to enter Central Park at night, as crime soared. In the 1970s there was a lack of funds and the park was neglected. In 1981 Simon and Garfunkel gave their famous benefit concert in Central Park to help save the park. In 1985 the "Strawberry Fields" were inaugurated on John Lennon's 45th birthday.


Go for a walk, go boating, see Strawberry Fields or the Alice in Wonderland memorial, go jogging in the morning

Get there

different subway stations, e.g. 59 St - Columbus Circle (1), 72 St (B, C), 5 Av / 56 St (N, Q, R)

Central Park, between 59 & 110 Streets and between 5th and 8th Avenues