You can’t say New York without thinking of Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and Central Park. Central Park is a large urban park located in the Manhattan area of New York, between the Upper East side and the Upper West Side, the two poshest areas to live in.
The park counts for approximately 843 acres and is the most visited urban park in the US, with approximately 42 million visitors per year. However, there are plenty of interesting facts you didn’t know about it, and we’re here to send the mystery away in some cases.
The land of concerts
One of the most interesting things you should know about Central Park is that it used to be one of the greatest and largest outdoor venues for concerts.
Believe it or not, back in 1997, the park was able to host around 1 million people who attended the Garth Brooks concert. And, even though such huge events are not hosted anymore, the park still counts for plenty of leisure activities during the summer, including the SummerStage Festival, Good Morning America Summer Concert Series or the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series.
Flora and fauna
Another cool fact about Central Park is that it is the home of over 25,000 trees, 235 species of birds, mammals, beetles, and arthropods. There are at least 1,700 American elms and there are also varieties of maples, birches, oaks, and pines.
The Central Park also permanently hosts plenty of chipmunks, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, and numerous species of birds, including ducks, blue jays, cardinals, falcons, woodpeckers, hawks, owls, and pigeons. Most of these birds live around the seven man-made lakes and ponds of Central Park.
This amazing natural park also counts for 7 ornamental fountains and 125 drinking fountains, no fewer than 51 sculptures, and 36 arches and bridges. Most of the architectural pieces were later added to the park, when it was extended to its current size, back in 1873.
The Bethesda Terrace arcade is around 150 years old and was created as one of the central pieces of architecture displayed in the park. The remarkable Minton Tile ceiling is a true masterpiece you should see.
One of the coolest facts about Central Park is that hundreds of movies and TV shows were partially filmed or contain scenes filmed in New York’s most famous park. From the classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”,”Home Alone” and “Serendipity” to real masterpieces such as “When in Rome”, “August Rush”, “Eat Pray Love”, and ”Remember Me”. There are over 200 movies and TV shows in which you can gaze at the beauty of the park.
Bonus: Successful TV shows such as “Sex and The City” or “Gossip Girl” feature numerous scenes filmed here.