Immediately after Central Park opened in the 1870s, people treasured the park for strolling along the scenic paths, racing boats in the pond, and people watching — just as New Yorkers do today. There are many secrets and “finds” in the park, such as the famous statue of Balto, the sled dog from Alaska, which has stood on his rock since 1925, and if you can find it, a seemingly unspectacular bolt battered into a rock about 200 years ago. It’s one of the last vestiges of lost New York, one of the original survey markers that led to the modern real estate gridded metropolis we know today.
Not a secret (but for those in the know) are the views day and night from The Shops at Columbus Circle overlooking the park, skyline and action, all of which can be taken in in a wonderful temperature-controlled climate and with a delicious croque monsieur, cappuccino, or cocktail in hand.
Top row: The New York Public Library
Second row, from left: Library of Congress LC-USZ62-100272; Library of Congress LC-USZ62-111299
Third row, from left: Library of Congress LC-USZ61-661; The New York Public Library; Library of Congress LC-DIG-fsa-8d22155
Fourth row, from left: Library of Congress LC-DIG-det-4a08821; Library of Congress LC-DIG-ggbain-18969
Bottom row, header: iStock