Central Park, at the very heart (if not the very heart) of New York City, is one of the most inspiring combinations of architecture, landscape design and urban planning to be found anywhere on the face of the earth. It ranks as a symbol of New York City only behind the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Unlike these two, however, Central Park is dynamic, vibrant; a perpetually changing counterpoint to the brilliant, but static, architectural achievements that surround it.
The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 that manages Central Park under a contract with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, foundations, and the City of New York, the Conservancy has invested more than $450 million to date into the Park making it a model for urban parks worldwide. The Conservancy provides 85% of Central Park's $25 million annual operating budget and is responsible for all basic care of the Park. www.centralparknyc.org
The Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Park Zoo and the Tisch Children's Zoo. Here, just a few yards from 5th Ave. you'll find over 130 different species ranging from giant Polar Bears to the Brazilian black tarantula. A walk around the Zoo's five plus acres will take you through a variety of habitats, all carefully designed to recreate the natural environment of the animals they house. At the left you'll see a list of links to the pages describing all of the Zoo's inhabitants.
Central Park Zoo's official website
The bridges and arches of Central Park pretty much fall into two classes: bridges made from brick, stone or rock, and castiron bridges. Calvert Vaux did the bulk of the bridge designs, with assistance from architect Jacob Wrey Mould on the castiron bridges, which are the oldest such bridges in America.
Central Park Collection featuring a Central Park attractions database, a Central Park virtual tour
A total of 29 sculptures have appeared over decades in New York City's 843-acre Central Park, most of which have been donated by individuals or organizations (and not the city itself). While many early statues are of authors and poets along "Literary Walk", other notable statues include sled dog Balto, the so-called "Cleopatra's Needle" Egyptian obelisk, Alice of Wonderland, and most recently Duke Ellington.
Central Park PAWS is an organization of dog owners who use Central Park. Its steering committee--an advisory group to the Central Park Conservancy--is made up of dog owners representing varied areas of the Park as well as representatives from the Central Park Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
New York Road Runners is dedicated to promoting the sport of distance running, enhancing health and fitness for all, and responding to community needs. Our road races and other fitness programs draw upwards of 300,000 runners annually, and together with our magazine and website support and promote professional and recreational running.
Using cutting edge technology provided by Google Maps, USATF has developed a revolutionary service, America's Running Routes, that allows runners to map and measure their favorite running routes and then save them to the largest searchable database of running routes in the country.
The Central Park Track Club is open to all competitive runners, of varying abilities, from all backgrounds. The mission of the Central Park Track Club is to encourage competition in running and track and field events nationwide and to help all members achieve their running potential in a supportive team atmosphere.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority takes people in the region wherever they need to go. It opens up countless job opportunities for millions ’Äì jobs that are miles from home are easy to get to with our subways, buses, and commuter trains. And after work, the network enables them to get to leisure activities: music, theater, cultural events, sports, and shopping more varied than anywhere in the country. The MTA is the vital network that knits together this rich area and its unparalleled resources.
Parks & Recreation is the steward of almost 29,000 acres of land - 14 percent of New York City - including more than 4,000 individual properties ranging from Yankee Stadium and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds; we manage four major stadia, 550 tennis courts, 54 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches; we care for 1,200 monuments and 22 historic house museums; we look after 500,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City's principal provider of athletic facilities. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.
Precinct: (212) 570-4820, Community Affairs: (212) 570-4842, Community Policing: (212) 570-4655, Crime Prevention: (212) 570-4842, Domestic Violence: , Youth Officer: (212) 570-4655, Auxiliary Coordinator: (212) 570-4843, Detective Squad: (212) 570-4836
The Central Park Medical Unit (CPMU) is a unique volunteer ambulance corps providing free emergency medical service in New York City's world famous Central Park.
The Society is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs, and fostering research that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, its holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the world’Äôs greatest collections of historical artifacts, American art and other materials documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York City and State.
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is an international airport located in Queens, in southeastern New York City and about 12 miles from Lower Manhattan. Originally known as the Idlewild Airport, it was renamed in 1963 in memory of the late President John F. Kennedy. It is colloquially referred to simply as "Kennedy" or "JFK" airport.
Port Authority of NY and NJ site
LaGuardia Airport (LGA) has been operated by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey under a lease with the City of New York since June 1, 1947.Located in the Borough of Queens, New York City, bordering on Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay. It is eight miles from Midtown Manhattan. LaGuardia consists of 680 acres and 72 aircraft gates. The airport is 12.7 feet above sea level.
Port Authority of NY and NJ site
Belvedere Castle, Henry Luce Nature Observ (212) 772- 0210
Bike Rentals (at Boathouse) (212) 517-2233
Boathouse (Boat rentals & gondolas) (212) 517-2233
Carousel (212) 879-0244
Central Park Conservancy Information (212) 360-3444
Central Park Police Precinct (212) 570-4820
Central Park Zoo & Children’Äôs Zoo (212) 439-6500
The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (212) 860-1370
Chess & Checkers House (212)-794-4064
The Dairy (212) 794-6564
Fishing at Harlem Meer (Catch & Release) (212) 860-1370
For for the hearing impaired (800) 281-5722
Harlem Meer Performance Festival (212) 860-1370
Metropolitan Opera - Great Lawn (212) 362-6000
Model Sailboats - Rental (917) 796-1382
North Meadow Recreation Center (212) 348-4867
NY Philharmonic - Performances - Great Lawn (212) 875-5709
Row Boats (at Loeb Boathouse (212) 517-2233
Running - New York Road Runners Club (212) 860-4455
Shakespeare in the Park - Delacorte Theater (212) 539-8655
Skating - Lasker Rink (917) 492-3856
Skating - Wollman Rink Ice Skating (212) 439-6900
SummerStage Music Festival (212) 360-2777
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater (212) 988-9093
Swimming - Lasker Pool (212) 534-7639
Tennis Courts (212) 280-020