First Look at Central Park


Central Park holds a certain mystique for those who have never taken a stroll along one of its many lovely paths.  New York City was never on my list of “must visit” destinations, but I have to confess that I was pleasantly surprised.  I felt the same way about Rome.  Before visiting, I envisioned it to be somewhat dirty and more touristy than it was.  Anyway, back to Central Park…after exploring the Rockefeller Center area on my second day in New York City, I had enough time and energy left before heading back to my Couchsurfing host’s home to walk 9 blocks uptown to see for myself what Central Park was like.

What’s not to love about views like this…

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Eventually, I took a guided bicycle tour of Central Park a couple of days later and discovered there are 15 entrances to the Park.  This is the entrance I came in on Day 2.  These sculptures are pretty funky!

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On my bicycle tour, I was informed the Park is 2 1/2 miles long and 6 miles around the outer circumference.

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I love to see street artists in action…

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I’m sure Central Park is beautiful when the trees are totally sprouted, but I really enjoyed being able to see the buildings through them.

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Musicians and street artists…so cool!

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I didn’t expect to see Big Bird coming around the bend…

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The Statue of Liberty is one of the only New York City landmarks I didn’t see up close because it was shut down due to damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy.  So this one will have to do…

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I hope you can come back tomorrow for the beginning of my fourth day of activities in the City.  I stayed home the entirety of Day 3 to rest up from all of the non-stop walking and action, but started my last day out with a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge!

37 thoughts on “First Look at Central Park

  1. Pingback: Walking Across Brooklyn Bridge | Fabulous 50's

  2. I love reading your blog and seeing your photos. You cause me to relive the experiences I had in NYC. You would make an excellent tour director, I hope you pursue that.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  3. I have yet to visit Central Park (or much of NYC for that matter), but my favorite part will always be the tunnel! Thanks for sharing your images; it definitely makes me want to just get up and go!

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  4. Brilliant shots …. I will really give …;. Central Park some quality time when I’m there, never ever even been up there .. and I been 8 times in NYC, at least … Fantastic gallery, Sherry … Top on is my pick here or the horse carriage. Love it.

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  5. Great shots of the park! I love reading your posts about seeing New York for the first time (it sounds like it’s your first time, anyway), because though I live in Colorado and probably wouldn’t ever move (except to Italy), New York is one of the two most amazing cities in the country (San Francisco is the other, in my mind). My daughter and son-in-law lived in NYC from 2003 through mid-2011, when they packed it up and stored everything before a RTW trip from which they’ve just returned. (See theparallellife.com) Now I have no real EXCUSE to go to NYC, so I’ll have to start looking for some new reason to visit. I hope you continue to have a great time. I’ll go back and read your posts more thoroughly!

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    • Yes…it was my first time! Thank you! I saw a lot in 3 days. I checked out your website…that’s cool you take people on trips. I went to school to become a Tour Director, but haven’t pursued it yet. I’ll take a look at your daughter’s site. Both of your sites seem familiar!

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    • Wandering around New York is one of the best experiences of a lifetime. It’s like a mini-country, all on one long island. Multi-cultural, every little neighborhood is like another city or state. Once you get over the idea that it’s crowded (which it is, but so are other great cities . . . Chicago, San Fran, London, Rome, etc.), you can begin to find the neighborhood coffee shop, or the little grocery store on the corner, the flower stand you walk past every day, your favorite subway station! Try it . . . you’ll like it . . . though it might take you more than a weekend.

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      • I returned home on the 22nd of April…but if I go back I’d like to see a show, spend some time in a couple of the museums, attend a Harlem gospel service, etc.

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  6. Central Park has got to be one of the coolest places on earth. My first time there with He-Who we did the carriage ride just to do it. It was nice but I like exploring all it has to offer on foot better. I think that it is hysterical that Big Bird and The Statue of Liberty both appear to be texting. It is a sign of the times.

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  7. Beautiful photo’s, so sorry you didn’t have more sunshine. Central Park has so many l things to do. I love it on the weekends when it comes alive with native New Yorkers seeking outdoor space. From the bike paths to New meadow this is one of my favorite places in NYC. Please show us more!

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