It is one of the most famous parks in the world. Central Park, New York’s green lung, welcomes nearly 37 million visitors each year. Stretching across 3.4 square kilometers in midtown Manhattan, this mythical place is a favorite hangout for New York cyclists and runners. Lionel Gendron, RTL correspondent, reveals its most emblematic corners.
The walk begins in the heart of Central Park, near the Belvedere Castle, a replica of a Scottish castle, built on Vista Rock, the second highest vantage point in the park. Then we cross Shakespeare’s garden, where the flowers mentioned in the playwright’s plays are planted. The New York Shakespeare Festival takes place every summer in the outdoor theater next to the garden.
In the park there is also one of the most famous museums in the world, the Metropolitan Museum of Art or “Met” which houses almost 2 million works of art. Also found in Central Park near 10,000 green banks, part of which has been “adopted”, that is, a copper plate has been attached with a word or phrase.
The walk ends at the Reservoir, a body of water that supplied water to New Yorkers until 1993 and offers an incredible view of the buildings of Manhattan.
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