Monday, October 30, 2023

A small snippet of Central Park

After my visit to the Urban Garden Center in Harlem I looked at a map decided to walk the 1.7 miles back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where I'd left Andrew earlier in the day—"the day" being back on October 31 of 2022. The reason for the walk was that I could do almost the entire thing in Central Park...

Untermyer Fountain

And so many bright flowers! It was a little nauseating.

Hairy balls! Gomphocarpus physocarpus...

With a bloom like that I guess there's no denying they're milkweeds.

Further into the Conservatory Garden—so named because there used to be a conservatory there, it was torn down in 1935. 

Central Park Conservatory Fountain

Behind the fountain...

Here's where my luck ran out. 

I was there on October 31st 2022, but things were very much not completed.

The black hose (?) looked like a fun art installation.

I had to poke my camera thru the fence to get that shot.

Looking back towards the fountain...

As I continue to work my way around the fenced off garden.

Nice tetrapanax!

I will note that they had the good sense to complete the work on the garden by the time Martha Stewart attended the 2023 Central Park Conservancy "Hat Luncheon" in May.

These rocks were pretty crazy, just jutting out of the ground.

And that's it—a wrap on my 2022 visit to New York City—I didn't make it all the way back to the Met because Andrew called and he was done there, his eyes were exhausted and his brain was full...

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  1. I had a good laugh over your comment about the bright mix of flowers (even if I agree that it was a bit of overkill). I can't imagine what's essentially a community garden of that size and breadth in Los Angeles - if LA's leaders had had the prescience to create something like that in the 1800s, I imagine our city would've evolved very differently than it has.

    1. It was lovely watching people come and go from the park. I bought a (stale) pretzel from a vendor and sat and people watched for quite awhile.

  2. Wow, I've never been to Central Park. It looks like autumn would be a good time to visit. Thanks for sharing the "highlights." Great post!

    1. I imagine any season has its beauty. I hope you get to visit!

  3. Thanks for the stroll - it brought back memories. It's been decades since I was last there. It really is the lungs - or maybe just lung - of NYC.
    Anna K

    1. I wish I would have been able to return and explore another section.

  4. Covid probably had something to do with the conservatory restoration not being completed in time. One of your photos captured a couple of folks wearing masks... it feels like ages ago.

    1. You think? This was just last fall and most of NYC seemed to have moved on from pandemic issues.


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