Let’s talk about my favorite public place in New York: Central Park, which I discovered one month ago. The three aspects of the « Lung Of New York » that I like best are the symbolic monuments, the activities, and the nature.
The principal aspect of Central Park is obviously the nature. People are principally going to the Park to relax and to admire it. The paths are full of colorful and varied trees that are providing oxygen to the stressful New Yorkers. There is also a huge lake that crosses the North of Manhattan where we can see fishes if we are paying attention. Personally, what I prefer is to walk as deeper as I can to arrive in the middle of nature. On these moments, I have the feeling that I am in a haven of peace, pacifying and protective, and not in one of the biggest city of the world.
The second aspect is the funny aspect. In Central Park, there is an activity for each need.
For example, if you are with your boyfriend and wants to have a quiet and romantic walk, it is possible to rent a barque and slowly navigate across the lake. An another walk adapted to love is the carriage tour but I don’t recommend it for three reasons. The first is that I find that it is crazy to pay so expensive just to see things that you could see if you are on food. The second reason is that I find it too cliche. The third reason is that I’m not sure that the horses who are pulling the carriage are well treated.
For children or animals lovers, it exists a ludic zoo where they are bears, penguins or cut pandas.
The music lovers, artists, or simply curious people would adore the concerts or sights which sometimes are playing in Central Park. I find them very typical because for me, the singers, musicians or even dancers are representing the City of New York, which is full of surprises.
There is a lot of symbolic monuments in Central Park. The first that I saw was the Belvedere Castle that is on the top of a hill. It looks very mystical, like an haunted castle and I like it a lot especially because it is uncommon to see an old monument in the Big Apple. Moreover, when you are on the top of the hill, you have a fantastic view of a big part of the Park. There is also a symbolic sculpture named « Alice in Wonderland » that I appreciate too. It is in bronze and represents Alice with the white rabbit and other characters of the fantastic story. Children can climb on it and older people can take funny pictures.