On Sunday I decided to take on Central Park, and all the sights I wanted to see. The park was the first major landscaped park in America, and designed as a calm for the city after unrest such as thousands of immigrants, cholera and poor environmental health conditions in the city. It is now a place where people flock – to watch free theatre, to exercise, to sit in tranquil areas and to just enjoy the great outdoors.
I was most looking forward to the Imagine tribute, as I love the Beatles. Sadly, it wasn’t the tranquil spot it promised, as there were thousands of tourists all wanted to pose doing the peace sign on the memorial. The Alice in Wonderland statue however, as wonderful. I have a special bond with Alice, as Lewis Caroll lived and died in my home town of Guildford, Surrey. I have grown up with her, and it was nice to meet her again.
The Bethesda Fountain – the statue references the Gospel of John, which describes an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda and giving it healing powers.
The Bethesda Fountain was put in Central Park to show the turn around after the cholera that damaged the city.
Strawberry Fields was officially dedicated on October 9, 1985, the 45th anniversary of Lennon’s birth. Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono Lennon, worked with landscape architect Bruce Kelly and Central Park Conservancy to create a meditative spot, so named after Lennon’s favourite Beatles song
Alice and her cast of storybook friends found their way to Central Park in 1959, when philanthropist George Delacorte commissioned this bronze statue as a gift to the children of New York City. Inspired by the zany characters of the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland, the sculpture was also meant as a tribute to his late wife, Margarita, who read Alice to their children. Engraved around the statue are lines from his nonsensical poem, The Jabberwocky.
View as I left the part from the South side – the Israel parade was happening and all the streets were closed off
The view on my walk to Times Square
Have you been to Central Park? What was your favourite spot?