Central Park Zoo in New York City

by NYJ Team

The Central Park Zoo is one of four zoos that are managed by the Widlife Conservation Society and has been around since 1988. It is located on the corner of Central Park at 64th Street and 5th Avenue. The zoo itself isn’t that big and is considered one of the smaller zoos. It was the first official zoo to open to native New Yorker’s.

The zoos culture grew rapidly attracting visitors from all around the world. It is a true natural habitat for animals to continue to live normal lives with the care that is needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle without being out in the wilderness.

For decades the park has become home to many visitors and animals. Thousands of visitors stop by frequently to witness the animals living in their natural habitat. In total there are more than 130 unique species. Making sure each animal is cared for and each visitor gets the true sensation of how wildlife survives is what Central Park Zoo is set out to do.

Central Park Zoo

History of the Zoo
History dates way back to the 1860’s when residents took it upon themselves to house animals of all nature. It was then approved in 1864 for construction to begin housing for the excess collection of animals that ranged from bears, birds to other wildlife. Funding was made available at a later date to finalize permanent structures for the animals.

Over the years, the zoo turned into a major attraction and was taken over by the Wildlife Conservation. Renovation began in the early 1980’s when the New York’s Parks department joined forces with the WCS to take the necessary steps to improve the structures and modernize the facility with replacing cages and improving habitats of all animals.

Animals and Exhibits
Animals from all walks of life can be found here. Mammals include California Sea Lion, Polar Bear, Red Panda, Snow Monkey and Snow Leopard. Four different types of birds are housed here including Bali Mynah, Scaly-Sided Merganser, King Eider and Gentoo Penguins. The final group is Reptiles and Amphibians.

Exhibits are an ongoing scheduled event with seven running regularly. All exhibits are educational providing tons of knowledge with each specie. Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard Exhibit, 4-D Theater, Temperate Territory, Central Garden and Sea Lion Pool, Polar Circle, Tisch Children’s Zoo and Tropic Zone: The Rainforest.

Animal profiles are available for each one as well as detailed information on each exhibit and other scheduled events that take place all year round.

Visiting Central Park Zoo
Planning your trip to Central Park Zoo is quite simple. There are many scheduled activities for the entire family to enjoy, dining options and a full events calendar to plan a successful trip. Many facilities are disability accessible and are available for guests to use. The Central Park Zoo is a great place to getaway if you want to explore nature’s wildlife, species from all points of the world or if you want to place an event. Before planning your next trip, visit the website to inquire about hours and rates.

The High Line Review in New York City

by NYJ Team

The High Line Review in New York  CityThe High Line is a park located in NYC that was transformed from an abandoned railroad to a mile and a half long flora landscape in 2009. The park runs from Gansevoort St to West 34th on the West Side of Manhattan and is the newest way of seeing all of New York City from one view. The High Line was in operation from the 1930’s until 1980 carrying agricultural goods and meat to the meat packing district of the West Side to the Post Office.


It is owned today by the City of New York and is regulated by the Department of Parks and Recreation. You can take a long walk above the busy street of Manhattan admiring the beautiful views or you can sit and relax while experiencing the scenes of the city.


History of the Park
Back in the 1840’s the City of New York agreed to the construction of street level railroad tracks for Manhattan’s West Side. It was named Death Avenue due to the many accidents that took place between traffic and the trains. The tracks were then elevated to decrease the accidents while delivering goods to the industrial district. It was in 1980 when the last train would travel the High Line carrying frozen goods.


The High Line faced demolition a few years later with property owners demanding the deconstruction of the tracks. In 1999 Friends of the High Line, a non-profit organization convinced the government the importance of the High Line to turn it into a park. FHL in 2004 together with the City of New York created a design team holding a 6 month competition to design the layout of the park.The recreation of turning the railway into the urban park has increased real estate development with lining neighborhoods that run along the High Line.


The High Line Today
It doesn’t matter what season it is when you visit the park. The view is spectacular in every way with for tourists and natives to take a long stroll or just sit and admire the scenery of the Hudson River, Empire State Building and the beautifully landscaped flowers. Nature on The High Line is a talking and walking tour you can take with a gardener giving you the chance to get an insider’s view at the design of the park.


Every week in the park you can gaze into the dark skies and take a look at the moon, planets and stars with high tech telescopes and even chat with a few members of the Amateur Astronomers Association. Other weekly events and other happenings are scheduled all year round. Visit the website to access the detailed events calendar.


Visiting the High Line
The park is open daily and can be accessed from 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th and Gansevoort Streets. There are elevators and bike rack access points located on all streets except 14th. The High Line can be reached by subway and bus. You can visit the parks website for upcoming events and to print out a detailed map of the park. Click here to read more on The High Line.

The High Line

Battery Park In New York City

by NYJ Team

Battery Park in New York CityBattery Park is one of southern Manhattan’s waterfront attractions that is located from New York Harbor to State Street. It is a 90 acre public park that is open space for downtown Manhattan. This is one of the oldest and the first waterfront parks in New York City dating way back to the 1690’s. More than 3 million visitors come to Battery Park each year to witness the beautiful landscape, scenic waterfront views, historical monuments, playgrounds and open air performances all year round.


The park is within walking distance to many local attractions and business such as Staten Island Ferry, South Street Seaport and the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street.


History of Battery Park

Battery gained its name from the artilleries that were built after the American Revolution. In 1623 Dutch settlers landed in the area where they used battery of canons to defend the city. Castle Clinton was built with eagerness from the War of 1812 and the need to defend the new city. This was also known as the Castle Garden in which became the world’s first immigrant center in the 1850’s. It welcomed more than 8 million immigrants to the United States before Ellis Island replaced the center. Since history was made this has become an important monument of the park.


The Castle became the New York Aquarium later on with the park suffering from many decades of neglect. In 1941 the Castle Clinton was close to being demolished, but conservationists were successful in declaring it a national monument in 1946 saving it from deconstruction.



There are many attractions that date back to historic days and current times. The American Merchant Mariner’s Memorial, Coast Guard Memorial, Korean War Veteran Memorial are monuments where visitors remember those who served our country and lost their lives. There is also the Sphere. This is a very popular 25 foot landmark that draws millions of visitors each year. It is located in between the World Trade towers. This special monument dates back to the 9/11 attacks that still stands tall with its eternal flame serving in honor to those who lost their lives in the attack.


There are acres of beautiful gardens. Dutch designer Piet Oudolf designed this 10,000 square foot Gardens of Remembrance in dedication to those who lost their lives on 9/11. It was designed with more than 100 horticultural perennials and plants inspired by the parks location overlooking more than 11,000 acres of the Harbor.


The Bosque Garden opened in June of 2005 and is filled with more than 25,000 perennials covering more than 50,000 square feet of greenery. This was Oudolf’s way of complimenting the graceful mix of woodland and rugged prairie.


Battery Labyrinth is the parks walking path that is located at the northwest corner of the park. This was designed to celebrate and mark the one year anniversary of 9/11. It was designed with granite blocks forming or creating seven different rings surrounded with greenery.


Visiting Battery Park

Battery Park can be accessed from Battery Place and State Street. With so many visitors daily there are strict regulations for pets. There are many food kiosks and merchants market to visit while enjoying the day at the historic park. Click here to read more on Battery Park.