Monday, July 23, 2012

A Day in the Park

We were thrilled to have our first house guests this weekend! My sister and her husband traveled here from Burlington, Vermont, to spend a few days with us in the city. As they tend to be quite "outdoorsy", the Mr. and I were excited to take our visitors on an urban hike in Central Park on Saturday afternoon. 

It was a gorgeous afternoon, and my brother-in-law's first time ever being here, so we certainly saw the sights! We entered on West 72nd Street, right at Strawberry Fields. This tranquil section of Central Park was named after one of the Beatles' best-known songs, "Strawberry Fields Forever." Strawberry Fields was officially dedicated on October 9, 1985 – the 45th anniversary of Lennon's birth. Yoko Ono worked with landscape architect Bruce Kelly and the Central Park Conservancy to create a meditative spot. The iconic black-and-white mosaic was created by Italian craftsmen and given as a gift by the city of Naples. Based on a Greco-Roman design, it bears the word of another of Lennon's songs: Imagine.

Next, we headed North East toward The Reservoir. Officially named the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in 1994, the Reservoir is famed for the 1.58 track that encircles the 106-acre body of water. This favorite jogging spot for a number of other influential people covers approximately 1/8th of the Park and hold over a billion gallons of water.

As we walked South, we found the Central Park Boathouse, packed with people renting row boats and eating lunch outside. We stopped on the bridge to enjoy beautiful view!

It was a lovely day! 

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