We all know that Central Park in New York City is big. Lengthwise it stretches 51 city blocks or about 2½ miles, widthwise it’s three looong city blocks or roughly half a mile. It covers an area of 843 acres, or in other words, nearly 6% of the land that makes up Manhattan.
But statistics are easy to calculate and even easier to recite. And it’s not until you start tackling Central Park on foot that you realise just how BIG it really is. Put it this way, it took me the best part of two whole days to investigate this iconic piece of real estate, and I know I didn’t cover everything!
My Two Days in Central Park were actually separated by about 2½ years. The first time I spent any considerable time in the park was a blazing hot day in September, 2008. That day we mainly stayed south of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, which takes up most of the park between 86th and 96th Streets.
Despite a friend telling us, “Don’t go north of the reservoir!”, that’s just what we did in February, 2011, walking the entire length of Central Park from 59th Street to Central Park North. Although we kept our wits about us and left the park before dusk.
The weather couldn’t have been more different from our first visit. Scorching September sunshine was replaced by dismal February drizzle. But we still had a great time.
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