29 February 2012

It's all happening in Central Park...


We caught a 5:30am car to the JFK airport Friday morning.
It was pounding down with rain...and I was immensely grateful 
for the glorious weather during our brief stay in NYC.

In between the appointments and paperwork we managed to
take in a few sights. It is easy to do in NYC, 
all you have to do is pop outside.

We hopped on a horse and carriage ride in Central Park
and took the 25 minute tour...to the tune of $50.00 plus tip.
The prices were a bit steep and variable but I liked
the Irish brogue of our driver.... and it was the perfect day for it.

Miss Claire and I snapped away.. she caught a driver passing by..



and I caught Lady Liberty...standing proud and looking hip


There were no shortage of carriages in central park...


or pigeons for that matter.





Did you know that Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States?
In 1853, more than 700 acres were acquired to create Central Park, at the request of wealthy
landowners and merchants who wanted to create a public park in similar fashion
 to those in London and Paris. If you would like to read more on the history of Central Park, read here.



'People watching' in Central Park is one of the my favourite activities.
Snapping pics with my 200mm zoom lens is even better.
My eyes were on this woman's coat...seemed like a pretty nice
walking ensemble to me.



You don't have to travel far to hear great music.
It is there for the public to enjoy, even on a winter's day.


You can find it in the form of formal concerts...


or along a path..


If you prefer to leave the camera at home, 
their are plenty of photos to choose from in the park.



Really, all you need to do is walk.



Of all my photos, I enjoy the following the best, they are what a park is all about to me.


It is for those of us who enjoy losing ourselves in thought,
expressing ourselves at will.





It's magic, when people pass by and smile..




My thoughts wandered to this bicycle in shadow.
If you follow me at Pinterest, you will know that I have a passion for bicycles.


Love in Central Park...is there any better place?
Mr. H and I spent many a day, walking thru Central Park
when we were dating.


 with an angel to watch over us..

 Angel of the Waters Fountain at Bethesda Terrace, there is a wonderful story about this statue here


Speaking of thoughts...a penny for yours?

                          


There is so much to do and see in Central Park..what I have shown here
doesn't even begin to convey it all. If you plan to travel to NYC
and would like to explore Central Park, I suggest you start here.




images via Miss Claire and myself and where noted



23 comments:

  1. Jeanne, I have always wanted to visit Cnetral Park, and if one day I stay in New York I would love to be in a flat overlooking the Park, the contrast between the huge trees and the beautiful architecture all around looks fantastic.
    Sharon
    x

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  2. Oh I just love Central Park, and I miss it. My sister used to live in NYC and we went often. She lived a block off the park for years. We haven't been in a while, and now I'm longing to go.

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  3. Never been.. We are going to Paris in June and are stopping there briefly (looking forward to that!) Great photos and so glad I stumbled across your blog!

    leslie

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  4. What a lovely selection of photos - so varied, too! So pleased that you found my blog and decided to follow - thank you. You have an interesting blog and I'm delighted to be your newest follower!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.com/

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  5. Perfect timing for me to read your informative and beautiful post. This weekend we are going to New York for our first time and Central Park is on our must do list.

    How fun it would have been to meet you there.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  6. We're going in April and staying a block from the park. Can hardly wait, and your photos have whetted my appetite even more! thanks.

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  7. You captured fabulous shots of the park -- I especially like the bicycle.

    The sax player you photographed is a fixture. I love when he stands under the stone bridge in summer; the notes echo far and wide over paths and fields.

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  8. you've done an amazing job capturing NYC and the Park, Jeanne! I was so sad to be out of NY while you were here. It would have been wonderful to meet up, even if just for a quick hello!

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  9. Bonjour Jeanne. So glad you found my blog this morning. I will be "following" yours too as of today. I was happy when I arrived here and saw this great post about NYC, a favorite city of mine. Loved all your shots and the stories that go with them. A bientot. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  10. How lovely. Those chalk messages are so whimsical and a great way to convey a simple message.

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  11. Ok, jealous! Never been to the NYC without stopping in Central Park, I just love it!

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  12. I'm thinking that more than ever Central Park is a place I want to visit. You have done such a great job with your pics and words.

    Take care xx

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  13. Central Park is one of our favourite places too. It's magic in autumn (fall). Wouldn't it be fantastic to have an apartment that overlooked it? And I love seeing the dogs being walked there every morning. Some of them even have their own puppy prams (although I'm not sure that's 'walking'??). Such a beautiful part of Manhattan.

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  14. OOOOH Jeanne LOVE LOVE LOVE New York - a great post - you took me right back there. As the song says: "New York New York, it's a hell of a town!"
    Francesca

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  15. I've never been there but your fantastic photos make me want to go, Jeanne. It looks like your pictures tell the perfect story of Central Park.

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  16. Sounds as if you are having a wonderful time and making the most of everything !! Your photographs are brilliant Jeanne and really capture Central Park and its atmosphere. XXXX

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  17. You are such a wonderful photographer, Jeanne!
    Travel book, travel book, travel book!!
    Just saying.

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  18. OMG

    i am so homesick now.
    great images. isn't the park AMAZING???
    it is the very coolest place ever!!

    xx

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  19. Fun post. I've been to NYC several times but Central Park only once. It is massive - and full of such energy. We saw an outdoor Shakespeare performance there, street performers, Alice in Wonderland sculptures - and that was in our brief tour. So fun to see the city through your photos. PS: Stopping by from Busy Nothings Photography Club...

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  20. What a wonderful place to visit. Such fantastic pictures.

    Herding Cats


    http://seathreepeeo.blogspot.com

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  21. So many great photos here! I totally agree about people watching, such an enjoyable activity, and nowhere better than in NYC! I just love the photo's of the children drawing and writing with the side walk chalk. What a great idea!

    Thanks so much for sharing your photo with us at Busy NOthings Photography Club.

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  22. These are such great photos! Thanks for sharing a bit of Central Park with us! :) I have to ask...was the chalk set up for all to use or did you bring that with you? Either way...a great idea.

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  23. Lucky you I would love another trip to NYC - great photos!
    x
    Melissah from Country Style Chic

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