Petit Futé's opinion on CENTRAL PARK
New York's green bubble is a preserved and ideal place to walk, bike, picnic or read in peace.
With its 337 hectares, Central Park is New York's green bubble. Located in the upper part of the city, between 59th and 110th Street from south to north (4 km long) and from 5th Avenue to Central Park West from east to west, this park was created in the mid-19th century to allow New Yorkers to enjoy the joys of nature and relaxation. It took 20 years and more than 10 million cars of soil and rock to create this natural environment in the heart of the city. The park was not completed until 1876, creating a man-made landscape where marshes extended. The two landscape architects from Central Park, Frederick Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, dreamed of a democratic and rural space where everyone would contribute to the happiness of all. Their first shot made Central Park a much less chopped jungle than it is today. But the city required the architects to design a very square and precise park in the image of the city. Start your visit with The Dairy, the most complete tourist information office in the park where you will find all the possible activities, cultural and musical programs. It is located at 65th Street, in the middle of the park. In Central Park, if you can do anything, two activities still hold the top spot: relaxing and playing sports. For relaxation, huge lawns await you and you can take a nap in the shade of the trees. As soon as the first rays of summer sunshine appear, people come to Central Park to tan and everyone can show off their muscles they have been working on all week in the gym. We sit on the benches along the lake where we take a boat ride. We bring the picnic and spend the day with family or friends. Amateur baseball games are played on the large lawns at 72nd Street. On weekends, New Yorkers put away their costumes and suits and turn into sportsmen. Here, we jog around the tank, play soccer, frisbee, basketball, volleyball or baseball. We take a bike or rollerblade ride, newlyweds pose for the souvenir photo. Artists are everywhere, mimes, actors, musicians, painters, dancers... In summer, many cultural and musical programs are presented: the New York Philharmonic Orchestra gives free performances on certain evenings. Central Park's dangerous reputation is no longer relevant. You can walk around there quietly.
Information on CENTRAL PARK
Free and paid guided tours several times a week, see www.centralparknyc.org/tours for hours.
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