Central Park

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Central Park
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For your stroll, head to the 38-acre wilderness area on the west side of the park known as the Ramble. The area has a storied history (as a gay cruising spot dating back to the turn of the last century, among other things), and it was even proposed as a recreational area in the mid-'50s. Thankfully, the winding trails, rocks and streams seemingly remain waiting to be discovered.
Venue name: Central Park
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Address: 59th St to 110th St
New York

Cross street: between Central Park West and Fifth Ave
Transport: Subway: A, B, C, D, 1 to 59th St–Columbus Circle; N, Q, R to 5th Ave; B, C to 72nd St, 81st St–Museum of Natural History, 86th St, 96th St, 103rd St, 110th St; 2, 3 to 110th St.
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Brian M

Need to get away from "the city" without leaving "the city"?  Central Park is your escape.  Centrally located in Manhattan, this man made park was thankfully an update to the original grid design of Manhattan that had no park. I have run, biked, skated (roller and ice), played softball, seen concerts, seen a polar bear (Zoo), sledded, hiked, seen a Shakespearean play, and ridden amusement park rides all within Central Park. The park has museums along the east side and there are various sculptures throughout the park to view, including a 2000 year old Egyptian pillar. During the summer, grab a place on the Great Lawn and catch some sun while reading a book.  

Naveen

Every season is beautiful in Central Park, it's such a wonderful escape from NYC life, right in the heart of the city! You could spend days in there getting lost, it's so big it has a theatre, pool, running trails, play parks... I'm missing loads, but you get the point. You'll find something new every time you visit. It's a great place for running and biking too. The road around the park is around 10K and in the summer, the water fountains are on and periodically spread out, so you're well covered on hot days! You'll notice the park get really busy as marathon season picks up, it's a firm favorite for runners. Biking is really nice in there too. It's well patrolled by police though which helps keep speeds to a sensible level and red light jumpers down! 

Tom
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A stunning oasis in the centre of Manhattan, great for escaping the city without really escaping the city.

Tyler L
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I've lived across the street from Central Park for about two years now, yet every time I venture in I discover something new. It's the most transformative venue in the city. Whether you want to see a concert, host a brunch, go to the zoo, get a workout in, go ice skating, or see a play, it can all be done at this location. In addition to checking out all of the monuments scattered throughout, there's always an event being held in the park. You can find a full list of events at: http://www.centralparknyc.org/events/. To any New Yorker that hasn't visited Central Park, I really have no idea what you are waiting for.

Jaime B

You know, there are a lot of other parks in NYC, but that's not to discredit Central Park in any way. I live in Brooklyn, with easy access to nearby Prospect Park, and I still make the journey to Central Park on occasion. I have lounged in the grass and napped under trees, had picnics, watched softball games, thrown a frisbee, waited for hours in line to get free tickets to Shakespeare in the park...Central Park makes life better for New Yorkers. I hate to think of what people would be like without this massive respite in the center of the city.

Jillian Anthony

Central Park is a sweet haven that every New Yorker appreciates and treasures. It's an immeasurably valuable respite that's not only gorgeous but one of the only places in the city you might be able to actually find a place to be completely alone. When you're surrounded by concrete and thousands of people all day long, it's incredibly cleansing and rejuvenating to walk under shady trees for hours, getting lost, stumbling upon lakes and hidden castles, watching athletes duke it out on the baseball fields, or my personal favorite, laying out a giant blanket and eating my weight in cheese and charcuterie while someone plays guitar nearby. After a snowstorm, it's ethereal. 

Sanjoy K

Central park is just amazing! Whether it is just a stroll in the park or a boat ride with a loved, playing catch with friends or just a picnic with family, it has everything for everyone. Personally the boat ride is a must! I have been on it a couple of times and not only is it relaxing to just get away from everything but it was also a great work out!The actual lake is not that long as I would like it to be but it is a beautiful place to go, and plus great place to take selfies

Anthony K

Central Park is the most popular of parks for foragers. Because of its varied habitats and the combination of wild and cultivated, native, and exotic plants. Central Park is a great place to forage, even in the winter and early-spring. http://goo.gl/A0r7zi

Goldalee K

Enjoy Biking, Hiking, Dreaming, Walking in "the woods" of NYC, on the island of Manhattan, all year long. ; )

Anmarie S

Great all year round, but especially in the spring/summer time... All I gotta say is, rowboats. Do it.