8 Interesting Facts About Central Park
When planning a trip to the ever bustling New York City, one place you should not miss visiting is the Central Park. Frequented by tourists and locals alike, this urbanized park is home to a myriad of natural scenic spots and fun-filled activities.
But to further prove how great Central Park is, here are some of the best fun facts you probably need to know.
8. Interesting Facts About Central Park – CONCERTS
Central Park was one of those best outdoor venues for huge concerts. But not only that, it is even one of the venue for the largest concerts ever in terms of estimated attendance. That seems quite a feat but the huge space that the park offers was able to accommodate around 980,000 attendees during Garth Brooks’ concert in 1997.
7. Interesting Facts About Central Park – BEDROCK
Thousands of years ago, the area where Central Park now stands is covered and surrounded by glaciers. But about 12,000 years ago, the last of them known as the Wisconsin Glacier finally melted away.
But if you’re still in doubt, the large boulders (bedrock) you can see around the park are in fact left there when the glaciers receded and serves as the strongest geological evidence of their existence then.
6. Interesting Facts About Central Park – IT’S BIGGER THAN COUNTRIES
Found in the midst of Manhattan island, Central Park covers around 3.5 square miles and stretches across 843 acres of land.
Such dimensions make the park larger than Vatican city and almost six times larger than Monaco.
If that isn’t huge, then we don’t know what is.
5. Interesting Facts About Central Park – NEW YORK’S SUPERSTAR
Just like the rest of New York City, Central Park has been featured in over 350 films and counting over the years.
That’s why it holds the title of most filmed public park in the world. Awesome!
4. Interesting Facts About Central Park – HOME SWEET HOME
While it doesn’t really provide the real comforts of a home, Central Park is considered a real home by quite a few. Based on the U.S. 2010 census, 25 people claim the park to be their home.
But just to be clear, the park’s officials cleared there are no permanent residents in Central Park. Good.
3. Interesting Facts About Central Park – OUTDOOR MUSEUM
If you want to experience both nature and arts, then New York’s Central Park is the place to be. Do you know that a total of 29 amazing and unique sculptures are found around the area? Yes, and most of these are even donated privately.
Most of the popular ones are that of Alice and Wonderland, sled dog, and Duke Ellington. While a lot of famous authors and poets have sculptures located in the Literary Walk.
2. Interesting Facts About Central Park – CONSTRUCTION TOOK A LOT OF HARD WORK
To ensure that strolling around the park will be as seamless as possible, transverse roads were built. But it sure was not easy. To make this possible, gun powder had to be used to blast a solid bedrock.
It is even claimed that more gun powder was used in this effort than during the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg.
1. Interesting Facts About Central Park – EVERYTHING IS INTERACTIVE
What sets this park apart from others out there is that it can now be navigated through an app. Yes, Central Park has its own app which can ensure you won’t get lost anymore. It uses 40 celebrity voices to help recommended around 40 areas of interest.
But if you really want to maximize the experience, taking the Central Park pedicab tours with experienced drivers as your very own tour guides is the best way to go.
So are you convinced now? Well, hopefully you are. Make new memories with your families and friends. And enjoy the heat of the sun inside New York City’s very own Central Park.
7 thoughts on “8 Things You Didn’t Know About Central Park”
interesting thank you for sharing
this was very helpful!
Has central park got good foundation’s to build large skyscrapers.
Yes, it has. It is Manhattan schist aka bedrock.
This was very helpful I am doing a presentation about Central Park so this was very helpful.
thank you! Good info. Over a square mile is really cool. Been to New York twice, not impressed. Went to Momma Leona’s, Jack Dempsey’s and Broadway to see Hello Dolly. Hey, my last name is Dempsey and I was only 12. Still, had some fun. The best part was in an elevator in the city. I had two black eyes. One from pitching a hard ball and catching it wirh my eye. The other from falling on some rocks in up state New York a week earlier. In the elevator a man asks ” What’s you name young man?” I was with my mom and looked at her and she gave the “nod” of ok. Dempsey sir I said proudly. He said “Of course it is”. best day of my life at that point!
My name ‘ Dana M Dempsey, son of William C Dempsey
It was an iconic restaurant Jack Dempsey’s, famous for cheesecake. And interestingly enough, right now at same spot is also iconic restaurant and also famous for cheesecakes – Juniors.