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Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, Manhattan, New York

Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, Manhattan, New York

USA - Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, Manhattan, New York

Looking across "The Pond", Central Park, Manhattan New York

Manhattan is a major commercial, financial, and cultural center of the United States and the world. Most major radio, television, and telecommunications companies in the United States are based here, as well as many news, magazine, book, and other media publishers. Manhattan has many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums, and universities. It is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations. Manhattan has the largest central business district in the United States, is the site of both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and is the home to the largest number of corporate headquarters in the nation. It is indisputably the center of New York City and the New York metropolitan region, holding the seat of city government, and the largest fraction of employment, business, and recreational activities.

USA - Looking across

View from The Dairy in Central Park New York

A view from The Dairy in Central Park New York. This was designed by Vaux and erected in 1870.This area of the park was originally seen as the Children's District and the Dairy was built to look like a stone cottage. Fresh milk was brought in here from approved farms outside the city and sold as cheaply as possible, before this many children had died from drinking milk provided by cows kept in bad conditions in the city. As milk became improved in the city and through general neglect of the park, the building fell into decay.During the 1970's the Central Park Conservancy was formed and by 1981 the whole of the Dairy's buildings and structures had been restored. It now serves as an information centre and has lovely views across to the city.

USA - View from The Dairy in Central Park New York

The Carousel, Central Park, New York

The Carousel is one of the country's largest merry-go-rounds and has 58 hand carved horses and two ornate chariots They were made by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein in 1908. A Carousel has stood on this spot since the park first opened and in the 1870's it was turned by a mule and a donkey in the basement. As recently as 1912, it was still horse powered , but a few years later was replaced when electricity was installed. In 1950 the Carousel was destroyed by fire and a replacement was found in an old trolley terminal at Coney Island. The carvings by Stein and Goldstein have certain trademark characteristics such as big teeth, bulging glass eyes and manes that looked like they were being blown by the motion of the Carousel. The outer ring of horses are twice as large as those on the inside.

USA - The Carousel, Central Park, New York

The Mall and Literary Walk, Central Park, New York

The Mall is one of the formal features in the design by Olmstead and Vaux.It was intended as an area where people dressed in their best Sunday clothes could stroll up and down and socialise hence it is 40 foot wide.In order to provide shade for all these people four rows of American elms were planted on either side of the walkway. It has been described as "walking in a cathedral of trees" and that is certainly true. Plus the framework of the trees, the branches and the trunks, looks so artistic. At the southern end of The Mall is Literary Walk and figures represented there include William Shakespeare by John Quincy Adams, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns by Sir John Steell, and The Indian Hunter by John Quincy Adams Ward. In 1873 it was decided that this would be the area for any statues of this kind to help maintain the natural feel in the park.

USA - The Mall and Literary Walk, Central Park, New York

Elm trees and outcrop of Manhattan Schist, Central Park, New York

The bedrock under Manhattan Island is 90 per cent composed of Manhattan schist and it underlies practically all of Central Park.

USA - Elm trees and outcrop of Manhattan Schist, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

USA - Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

USA - Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

USA - Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

USA - Carved roundels on the Terrace, Central Park, New York

Bronze statue of Hans Christian Anderson in Central Park New York

A bronze statue of Hans Christian Anderson in Central Park, near Conservatory Water. He has an open book on his lap which is the story of "The Ugly Duckling" and at his feet there is a bronze duck. The statue was created by Georg Lober who was born in Chicago and was installed in the park in 1956. On summer weekends, storytellers stand there and tell folktales, including those by Hans Christian Anderson.

USA - Bronze statue of Hans Christian Anderson in Central Park  New York

Bronze statue of Hans Christian Anderson with a bear called Bert, in Central Park, New York

A bronze statue of Hans Christian Anderson in Central Park, near Conservatory Water. He has an open book on his lap which is the story of "The Ugly Duckling" and at his feet there is a bronze duck. The statue was created by Georg Lober who was born in Chicago and was installed in the park in 1956. On summer weekends, storytellers stand there and tell folktales, including those by Hans Christian Anderson.

USA - Bronze statue of Hans Christian Anderson with a bear called Bert, in Central Park, New York

Alice in Wonderland bronze sculpture by Jose de Creeft in Central Park New York

The "Alice in Wonderland" statue is a bronze sculpted by Jose de Creeft and was unveiled in 1959. Alice is sitting on a large mushroom surrounded by Lewis Carroll characters- the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, the March Hare, the Dormouse and Alice's kitten, Dinah. The Mad Hatter is said to be a caricature of George Delacorte who donated the work in memory of his wife Margarita.De Creeft included lines from Jabberwocky, Margarita's favourite poem in a granite circle around the statue. The book's drawings were originally by John Tenniel and de Creeft partly used them to model the face of Alice. This eleven foot and much clambered upon statue is situated near Conservatory Water and is beautiful. There is another statue in Central Park of Alice in Wonderland by George Frederick Richard Roth in the James Michael Levin Playground.

USA - Alice in Wonderland bronze sculpture by Jose de Creeft in Central Park New York

Alice in Wonderland bronze sculpture by Jose de Creeft in Central Park New York

The "Alice in Wonderland" statue is a bronze sculpted by Jose de Creeft and was unveiled in 1959. Alice is sitting on a large mushroom surrounded by Lewis Carroll characters- the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, the March Hare, the Dormouse and Alice's kitten, Dinah. The Mad Hatter is said to be a caricature of George Delacorte who donated the work in memory of his wife Margarita.De Creeft included lines from Jabberwocky, Margarita's favourite poem in a granite circle around the statue. The book's drawings were originally by John Tenniel and de Creeft partly used them to model the face of Alice. This eleven foot and much clambered upon statue is situated near Conservatory Water and is beautiful. There is another statue in Central Park of Alice in Wonderland by George Frederick Richard Roth in the James Michael Levin Playground.

USA - Alice in Wonderland bronze sculpture by Jose de Creeft in Central Park New York

Group of bears sculpture, Central Park, Manhattan, New York

Group of bears sculpture, Central Park, Manhattan, New York

USA - Group of bears sculpture, Central Park, Manhattan, New York

Group of bears sculpture, Central Park, Manhattan, New York

Group of bears sculpture, Central Park, Manhattan, New York

USA - Group of bears sculpture, Central Park, Manhattan, New York

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