We’ve done a few in-depth articles about the secrets of Central Park, such as what’s there that wasn’t in the original plan and some of its more naturalistic secrets. Here’s our top 10 list of our favorite secrets in this famous park!
It had been rumored, but we couldn’t find anyone to tell us for sure, if this memorial tree to departed pets really exists in Central Park. If you ask the locals who have walked the park for years, they are quick to say that they know every inch of the park and there is no such tree.
General William Tecumseh Sherman, his steed, and guiding angel recently underwent a long-awaited and much-needed make over in Central Park’s Grand Army Plaza. Sherman received a fresh new gilding of 23.75 karat gold leaf, restoring it to its former glory for the enjoyment of park goers and New York City sidewalk travelers. The statue stands on the northern half of the plaza, gracefully and confidently striding towards the southern half consisting of the Pulitzer Fountain and the entrance of the Plaza Hotel.
In July, we reported on the arrival of Google Street View inside New York City’s landmarks, cultural institutions, and parks like The High Line. Did you know that every one of Central Park’s walking paths are also available on street view? This initiative was launched at the same time street view was available for the 9/11 Memorial.
The only remaining visible foundation from Seneca Village, inside Central Park. Image via City Connections Realty.
Here’s another gem from the book Secret New York: An Unusual Guide: there was once a thriving village called Seneca located in Central Park, between 81st and 89th Street on the West Side. What made this village even more interesting was that it wasn’t a shantytown or slum, like the rest of the settlements which were predominantly Irish. This was a full fledged middle class town with “three churches, wood houses on assigned lots, a natural spring, basement schools, and a population of over 260, mostly African-American. Far from a ghetto, it was a rural refugee from chaos, disease, and bigotry of downtown. It also gave black residents what they needed by law in order to vote: their own land.”
This 3D panorama of Manhattan by Sergey Semonov was featured earlier this year in Atlantic Cities but was worth a repost just in case anyone missed it! It won first place at the Epson International Photographic Pano Awards. Sergey works on a team called AirPano, which shoots from helicopters and stitches images together to create incredible 3D panoramas like this one.