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July 21, 2003

Happy Birthday Central Park There

Happy Birthday Central Park
There are many things I would change about the city I grew up in but Central Park has never been one of them. The creation of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux is 150 years old today. It is a treasure not only to New Yorkers but to the entire country. I say this in spite of the fact that I almost lost my life there on at least two occasions, but that is another story.
I have hiked most of its trails, biked around the drive on numerous occasions, boated on the lakes, sailed model boats at another lake, played softball, (totally pulling my leg during one game), played chess, rode the carousel, climbed rocks, visited the old zoo, the new zoo and the children's zoo, played Frisbee, jogged around the reservoir and seen so many concerts big and small that I couldn't begin to count them all.
Once I even skated in the Wollman rink which I thought was just for concerts at some point.
I even took a hansom cab through the park years ago.
You used to be able to hear Shakespeare for free, I hope they still do that.
It sounds like I spent a lot of time at the Park and I did even though I didn't live or work near it till I was in my late twenties.
On the west side is the Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium (which I was very found of). By walking directly across the park you get to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Macy's day Thanksgiving day Parade starts at the Museum of Natural History and goes down Central Park West alongside of the Park.
The NY Marathon ends in Central Park.
There is so much more and times in Central Park I could talk about but I hate long posts and I am sure you get the idea.
The city had a celebration on Saturday but as with the birthdays of Presidents I prefer to celebrate on the actual day rather the days that the pols find convenient.
Happy Birthday Central Park


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