What to do in Central Park this summer 2012

by Guest Blogger

Central ParkIf you’re lucky enough to be in New York City during the summer of 2012, you’ll want to be sure and check out what’s happening at Central Park during your visit, for this year the festivities are non-stop! Ensure you find a cheap hotel in New York to make the most of your stay so you can spend your cents on having fun elsewhere. Throughout June, July and August you’ll find Central Park’s stages, pavilions and gardens presenting everything from the sophistication of Shakespeare to the rowdiness of Comedy Central with lots of galas, concerts and parties thrown into the mix. Seems the goal is to make Central Park’s summer of 2012 one that people will be talking about for years to come.


Taste of Summer
Kick off summer in the city at the ultimate NYC smorgasbord, featuring specialties from some of the Big Apple’s finest chefs. Just take your appetite to the Bethesda Terrace on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM and prepare to be wined, dined and entertained by the best purveyors in town. Exclusive tables are available for reservations at the Taste Café or just wander around sample goodies from famous bars and eateries like Armani Ristorante, the 21 Club, Brasserie Cognac and the Central Park Boathouse.


A first for the SummerStage event in Central Park, Comedy Central Live will present a show featuring Hannibal Buress with Kevin Barnett and Josh Robinowitz. There will be two shows June 23, one starting at 7:30 PM and the second seating will be complete by 9:30 PM.


Another iconic event happening during SummerStage 2012 is the annual charity gala at Ramsey Field which will honor Jimi Hendrix. On June 5, guest performers like Bebel Gilberto and Soulive will recreate the music of this legendary songwriter. Packages include passes to attend the VIP cocktail party, have dinner outdoors by candlelight and be a part of the backstage festivities.


Shakespeare in the Park
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the 2012 lineup for this talented theater troupe includes the bard’s classic As You Like It (June 5-30) and Steven Sodheim’s play, Into the Woods (July 23-August 25). Tickets are free at the Central Park Delacorte Theater beginning at 1:00pm the day of the show, but they are only distributed two at a time.


Evening in the Garden
Celebrate the glories of summertime with the Greensward Circle at the Central Park Conservancy Garden at their annual kick-off event June 20, 2012, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Enjoy refreshing cocktails, savory nibbles and live music at this annual charity event that offers tickets in advance or at the door.


Philharmonic Concerts in the Park
Get comfortable on the Great Lawn in Central Park on July 12 and July 17 to listen to the famed New York Philharmonic Orchestra performs classical favorites from composers like Tchaikovsky, Respighi and Brahms. Open seating begins two hours before the music starts 8:00 PM. By the way, it is considered respectful to let the serious classical buffs have the ringside seats while those who just want to have a soundtrack for a pleasant summer evening chat will chose locations around the fringes.


Photo Safari – Belvedere Castle
Learn the tricks to getting great photos of Central Park in full bloom at the Belvedere Castle at 10:00 AM July 8 and 14. The workshop last until 12:30 and includes lessons on visual editing, floral lighting and landscape photography techniques. Appropriate for any skill level, the photo safari encourages shutterbugs to visit at different times a year to capture the beauty of Central Park as it changes through the seasons.


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Visiting Central Park | Manhattan New York City

by Nick David

Central ParkCentral Park is a public park that is Manhattan’s main attraction for visitors from all parts of the world and for New York natives. Today the park is overseen by the Central Park Conservancy featuring more than 25,000 trees, 20 plus playgrounds, more than 8500 benches, 36 bridges, and more than 6 miles of landscape beauty. More than 20 million people visit Central Park every year making it one of the most visited parks in the USA.


Being one of the first urban landscapes in the USA, Central Park was meant to leans towards the wealthy and today is for all to enjoy with daily events, special events and lots of main attractions for the whole family.


Central Park History
The park first opened in the 1850’s on 843 acres that was considered city land. It was in 1858 when Frederick Law Olmsted together with Calvert Vaux won a design contest to landscape and improve the visuals of the park that otherwise known as the Greensward Plan. The renovation was completed during the American Civil War with more than 500,000 cubic feet of topsoil and more than 4 mill trees planted in 1873. The first section of the park was open to the public in 1859 and it wasn’t until 1865 when more than a million visitors was visiting the park each year.


Creating the park wasn’t as easy as it intended to be. There were around 1,600 residents that were displaced due to the private development. Ice skating was one of the main attractions at first with New Yorkers flocking together hitting Lasker and Wollman ice rinks. Becoming a favourite pastime the park would alert New Yorkers when the ice by hoisting a ball to the top of the pole signaling that the rinks was ready for skaters.


Interests of the Park
Currently as of now there are 5 quadrants of the park; The Great Lawn, North and South End, Outside of Park and The Reservoir. Each quadrant has its own attractions with ponds, sculptures, monuments and fountains.


There is more to Central Park than the beautiful landscape. When visiting you can take a long hike on the trails, visit one of two ice skating rinks, take a nice jog, do a little bird watching or attend one of many concerts. Children have plenty to keep them interested as well with multiple playgrounds and a wildlife sanctuary.

Home to many cultural and community events, Central Park is open all season round with theatre productions and picturesque weddings events. Some of the romantic locations to get married include Summit Rock, Ladies Pavilion, Cherry Hill and the Pond.


Visiting Central Park
Central Park is open daily no matter the time of the year. It is conveniently located in the center of Manhattan with a full schedule of events that will enrich any and all visits. Several restaurants, restrooms, visitor centers, maps and concession stands are throughout the park. Access for all is the parks departments goal making all visitors welcome.


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