When we think of New York City, we conjure images of skyscrapers, bustling crowds, a plethora of art and cultural events, an abundance of restaurants and a melting pot of virtually every ethnicity and nationality from around the globe. Most visitors think of Manhattan when you say NYC, but the city is actually comprised of 5 boroughs; Brooklyn (sometimes referred to as King’s County) , the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens. Manhattan is the heart of the tourism district and in the center of Manhattan Island is that large patch of green called Central Park.
This view looking south from atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The above view looking across the Great Sheep Meadow.
This view from the Top of the Rock looking north, Hudson River to the left (West) and Central Park in the center.
Here is a link to learn about some interesting facts few people may know about Central Park. also, follow this link to learn about the men who actually built this magnificent park. As testament to the health of the environment in Central Park, I offer this link to a document from the NYC Audubon Society listing more than 200 species of birds that are regularly seen in the park. There is even a falcon who was hatched more than 20 years ago, nicknamed – Pale Male and he has earned his very own Wikilink!
Something worth noting if you like museums and are planning to visit the Big Apple; On the east side of Central Park at 85th Street is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Follow this link to another article about this grand old museum and this one too. On the west side of the park is another great museum and a fun place for kids to explore the natural wonders — The American Museum of Natural History. In good weather, visitors can check out both museums and, in between, have a nice walk through the park.