Imagine a busy city like New York, which actually does not sleep. Now imagine one of its busiest parts, Manhattan and right in its center there is a 778 acres oasis of peace and calm, where you can walk any time of the day, go cycling, go for a ride in a horse carriage or see lots of birds and feel relaxed no matter how tired you are.
Well, that is Central Park, right in middle-upper Manhattan, New York.
It is one of the most filmed locations in the world and also one of the most visited place. In 2013 about 40 million people visited this park.
Two famous national landscapers and architects, Frederick L Olmsted and Calvert Vaux built it 1857 and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962.
Till date about 800 million dollars have been invested by, individuals, corporations, foundations, and City of New York, to maintain and improve the Park, making it a model urban parks worldwide.
Some fun facts about this park.
- Though it looks natural, it is not and to build it, 2.5 million cubic feet of dirt and rock was used.
- Once there was sheep in the Sheep Meadows.
- Originally this park was designed for the east side.
- There is a secret Christmas tree inside.
- Over 20 million people came to see the Gus, the Polar bear.
- Following violence in the park, all concerts were banned between July 1983 to July 1986.
- If you ever get lost in the Bethesda Fountain, you can pin point your location using the numbers marked on 1600 lamp posts.
- In the biggest concert here 980,000 people attended it.
- The park is actually 6 times bigger than the Vatican city.
- You can adopt a bench for 10K dollars.
- You can watch a number of street performances here every day.
- Alligators were flown in and let loose in one of the lakes in the park.