Central Park - an Urban Oasis

Written by Gary, Photos by Gary & Yafei

We're so lucky - right opposite our apartment in New York City is Central Park; the most visited urban park in the USA. This iconic symbol of the Big Apple draws over forty million visitors a year, and our little one was keen to go play.

Joy enjoying one of the many playgrounds in Central Park, New York City

Xaria Enjoying one of the Many Playgrounds in Central Park, NYC

Covering nearly three hundred and fifty acres it was not long before Xaria went exploring this winter oasis.

Xaria exploring the Central Park, New York City

Leaves crunched underfoot, a chill hung in the air that stung when the wind guested.  But not everyone was feeling the cold.

Squirrel in Central Park, New York City.

This Fat Little Fellow Was Keen for a Nut

The park was designed in 1858 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Intended as a harmonious balance between natural and man-made elements, the design included terraces, bridges, and sunken roadways that would allow carriages to travel through the park without interrupting pedestrians. Despite its grand beginnings, the park has gone through several periods of neglect and dilapidation.  Today, however, the park has been restored to its former glory and is caringly managed by the Central Park Conservancy.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park, New York City

The now Decommissioned Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

There are about nine thousand park benches in Central Park and about half of these are dedicated - silent sentinels to much-missed loved ones!

Park bench in Central Park, New York City.

Winter is a Wonderful Time to Visit the Park if Wrapped Up Warm

Dedication on a Park Bench in Central Park, New York City

Never Forgotten

Winter Colors in Central Park, New York City

Winter Colors

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