2014 Travel – The New York Edit: Central Park

3 Jun

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.

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The Bethesda Fountain – the statue references the Gospel of John, which describes an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda and giving it healing powers.

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The Bethesda Fountain was put in Central Park to show the turn around after the cholera that damaged the city.

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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

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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.

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View as I left the part from the South side – the Israel parade was happening and all the streets were closed off

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The view on my walk to Times Square

Have you been to Central Park? What was your favourite spot?

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12 Responses to “2014 Travel – The New York Edit: Central Park”

  1. Jess Carey June 3, 2014 at 2:04 am #

    Love these pictures – getting me excited for my visit!

    • tinkerbelle86 June 3, 2014 at 2:16 am #

      when do you come?

      • Jess Carey June 3, 2014 at 2:19 am #

        I’ve got 6 weeks in the States in December/January, including a week in New York!! Yay!!! Any suggestions that aren’t super touristy?!

        • tinkerbelle86 June 3, 2014 at 2:20 am #

          I’ll come back to you on that, I’m currently loving the super touristy bits! But working with a bunch of New Yorkers so I’ll pick up some tips. Where else is on your route?

          • Jess Carey June 3, 2014 at 2:21 am #

            Amazing, can’t wait to hear back!! We’re also doing LA, San Fran, Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, Washington DC, New Orleans and Mexico :)

            • tinkerbelle86 June 3, 2014 at 2:23 am #

              My only comment would be dial down LA and up on time spent in SF – much better. And if you get time to go to San Diego I have recommendations for miles!

              • Jess Carey June 3, 2014 at 2:24 am #

                Haha already noted – basically just doing LA for Disney and universal lol

  2. Rajiv June 3, 2014 at 3:40 am #

    Been to New York, but never to Central Park

  3. prenin June 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Lovely pictures Tinks! :)

    I am not likely to do any more travelling unless I win the lottery, but your pictures certainly take me there!!! :)

    Have fun sweetheart – you’re only young once! :)

    Love and huge hugs!

    Prenin.

  4. Rach @ This Italian Family June 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Can you believe I went to NYC and didn’t make it to Central Park?! I was there in college with a bunch of friends and I just went with the group, haha! I want to go back, though!

  5. Sheila June 9, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    We were there a couple of years ago. Saw the John Lennon Imagine memorial. Missed Alice in Wonderland…guess we need to go back! :) ~ Sheila

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