A visit to the Big Apple wouldn’t be complete without Central Park. My cousin, Thessa, thought it would be nice to just lounge on the field, after all, it was a breezy spring day, somewhat almost summer, so it was the perfect weather to go to the park. After walking all day in the city, I actually didn’t mind slowing down for a while to take in and enjoy the moment.
We went in from the 72nd street and voilà! Benches lined with tulips welcomed us and led us to our first stop, Strawberry Fields.
This area of the park is named after the Beatles’ song, “Strawberry Fields Forever” in honor of John Lennon whose apartment was in close proximity of this side of the park. The Imagine Mosaic is also located here and is one of the most popular sites in the park. During the time we were there, a man was on his guitar, playing Beatles’ songs and some of the people were singing to it and I really felt like I was in a low-key music festival.
We decided we will have our picnic at Sheep Meadow, a wide “grazing” area for humans, not sheep (lol), who would just want to lay around, sunbathe, play frisbee or even hold concerts. Also, this part of the park was featured in the movie, Little Manhattan. As we ate our crepes and sipped our bottle of Riesling (which we actually snucked into the park *shh*), I realized that I was surrounded by a variety of people. On one side, there was a huge family whom I could recall had nannies in uniforms, looking after the children who were running around while the moms and dads were busy chatting with each other…I literally thought I was watching a scene out of Sex and the City. On the other side, there were couples catching up with each other and friends who were exercising together. I actually told my cousin how lucky they were to be able to do these things whenever they had the time. Ahh, what a dream!
It was getting a dark and a bit chilly, so we decided packed up and roam around the park one more time before we headed home. So, Thessa brought us to another Hollywood-favorite spot, The Mall.
The Mall is this long walkway, lined with American Elm trees which will lead you to the Bethesda Terrace. My cousin was telling me that this part of the park was featured in almost all New York-based movies and TV series which makes it very recognizable. I also find it a very good spot to people-watch (if that’s your thing) since a lot of people pass by this area.
p.s. Comment down below if you know a movie/tv series that was filmed in this area.
Once you get through to the end of The Mall you’ll arrive at The Bethesda Terrace and Fountain where you’ll find yourself transported into a whole new world and the first thing that you’ll notice is the big lake but I’ll tell you more about that later.
I’ve always been a fan of old architecture, so naturally, I checked out the details of the place and I found something really interesting details (sadly, I lost the photos *cry*). If you come closer to the two posts by the stairs, you’ll see carvings on the three sides of each post, which symbolizes ‘an entire day’. On the right side fronting the lake, there’s a symbol for sunrise, waking up, working, reading, night-time and the witching hour. *such a cool find*
We stayed there until sundown, sat by the lake by The Loeb Boathouse and talked about our future plans and I guess, that’s where my sister finally decided what she wanted to do with her post-graduate life.
The day ended and it was time to go home, we left the park with happy and grateful hearts that we were able to come here *awww*.
It seemed like we weren’t done yet with our Central Park tour because after visiting The Met Museum the next day, we dropped by the park again and this time, we went to the Alice in Wonderland sculpture near the Conservatory Water on East 74th Street.
The sculpture was constructed by José de Creeft in 1959. The bronze masterpiece includes the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, Alice’s cat Dinah, the Mad Hatter, a caricature of George Delacorte and of course, Alice, whose face depicts the face of Creeft’s daughter, Donna.
Look at me being giddy about the sculpture. It was actually made this big so that children could climb up on it.
A few steps away from the sculpture is the beautiful Conservatory Water, with some of the NY buildings in the background. Whenever the weather permits, this area of the park is where children and adults play and enjoy their RC boats.
Fronting the Conservatory Water, one that’s hard to miss is the statue of Hans Christian Andersen, the famous author of The Ugly Duckling. I learned that during the summer months, there are storytelling activities done at the foot of the statue that children could enjoy.
(Someday, I hope I would be able to bring my child to a storytelling session in Central Park *winks*)
I remembered we just continued walking and walking, until we reached this area with a big rock formation and saw some people lounging while there were others who were taking pre-wedding photos. I also really liked the view of the buildings in the background so we also decided to take photos there.
Here’s a fun fact: You can actually adopt-a bench in Central Park to honor a loved one, to celebrate an occasion and have your messages engraved and placed on the bench forever! You can visit Adopt-A Bench website for more info. I found this on one of the benches we sat on and I found it really sweet and one-of-a-kind for a proposal. 🙂
We got out of the park from the exit fronting The Plaza Hotel, where the movie Home Alone 2 was filmed. The hotel was also near the Apple Flagship Store in 5th Avenue, the famous glass structure which is the entrance to other “underground” store.
I dream of living in a penthouse apartment, a few blocks from Central Park. I dream of seeing it bloom during spring, of having summer picnics in the meadow, of enjoying the fall grandeur and of walking through the park during an all white winter. I dream of getting a proposal at The Bow Bridge and then getting married at the Bethesda Terrace. I dream of playing with my kids at Sheep Meadow after a good run at The Mall with my husband. I dream of everything New York…oh New York…a girl can dream right?
Thanks for reading love!