In addition to being the largest park, Central Park is also the most important public park in the Manhattan area of New York City. It extends about 2.5 miles between 59th and 110th Streets and about 0.5 mile between Fifth and Eighth Avenues.
One of the reasons that make Central Park one of the most visited attractions of New York City is because a lot of its iconic attractions are featured in many popular movie scenes. A great example is that scene of the precocious kid in “Home Alone 2”, Kevin, interacting with the homeless woman feeding the birds.
Here are some of the landmarks found on our downloadable Central Park Map:
Bethesda Fountain towers over Bethesda Terrace, overlooking the hundreds of local and foreign visitors who come on a daily basis to relax at the very heart of Central Park and enjoy the spectacular view of the lake.
As well as being among the most popular meeting spots in Central Park, it is also the scene of films such as “Ransom”, “One Fine Day”, “Home Alone 2” and “Godspell”, all of which used its beautiful architecture as the backdrop for their fine cinematic efforts.
Sitting on top of Vista Rock, it is has the second highest elevation in the park. Due to this elevation, Belvedere Castle provides visitors a panoramic view in almost all directions, therefore giving visitors a fantastic view of the park as well as the cityscape. Its combination of function and romance makes it arguably the most magical attraction in Central Park.
Bow Bridge boasts of a star reputation as one of the most filmed and photographed locations of Central Park. It stretches sixty feet over the lake from the Ramble to Cherry Hill. It offers the most breath-taking views of the park surrounding it as well as being one of the most beautifully made cast iron bridges on the planet.
Tavern on the Bridge
This is another iconic landmark in Central Park associated with several blockbuster films. John Lennon is also known to have celebrated a few of his birthdays here in the late 1970’s, and it was also a popular restaurant for many opening nights for Broadway festivities.
Trump Wollman Skating Rink
Another scene of several romantic films such as “Love Story” and “Serendipity”, this landmark transforms in the summers into the Victoria Gardens Amusement Park. As its name suggests, it is operated by the Trump organisation in collaboration with a company based in Virginia.
This calm body of water on the southeast corner of the park offers a great retreat from the bustling streets of New York. The forested hill above it is known as the Hallet Nature sanctuary and is open to visitors occasionally. The bridge crossing over the pond, with the Plaza Hotel and the skyline as the backdrop is a classic New York City view.