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!

To discover even more secrets, make sure to join us for our next tour of Central Park:


10. The Hidden Code on Central Park’s Lampposts

Unless you’re obsessed with lamp posts, you probably haven’t noticed the embossed numbers that are on a metal plaque bolted on each of Central Park’s cast iron lampposts, designed by Henry Bacon. The plaques can be either on the base or on the post itself, oriented appropriately.

The first two or three digits actually denote the nearest cross street, and the last digit tells you if you’re closer to the east or west side of the park. An even number means east, an odd number means west.

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4 thoughts on “The Top 10 Secrets of NYC’s Central Park

  1. This is wonderful, especially for a boy who grew up in Central Park, yet knowing only half of the secrets. Thank you! However, there is a glaring typo in the misspelling of the Heckscher Ballfields. In the article it’s spelled Heckescher …

  2. Great stuff here! I especially like the Ramble Cave, and have half a mind to try to get past the barricades 😉 Prospect Park next?

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