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Old 01-09-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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Planning a trip again to NYC in May. It's possible my friends and I will be riding our bikes when we visit one of the days. If we do ride bikes, Central Park will definately be a place we stop at. When I was there last August I rode my bike on one of the Summer Steets days. I actually started at the north east corner of the park (not far from Morningside park?). I started there and ended up going over some hills and eventually made it over to some ball friends and basketball courts. From there I ventured over to the upper East Side and stayed on the regular streets. If I go back I'd like to see if three is anywhere in Central Park that is a "must see". I was thinking that it might be good to check out that huge lake in the middle of Central Park.

Anything besides the lake which would be something I'd probably like seeing? It's a huge park and I know we don't want to spend too much time in it but figured I'd ask to see if there is anything in particular worth checking out.
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:37 PM
 
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Apparently there are plenty of things to see by the boathouse at night.
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:47 PM
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There's the Belvedere Castle.

Belvedere Castle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Official Website of Central Park - Belvedere Castle
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:01 PM
 
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Among the most impressive sights are the Mall and the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. West of the Mall is Sheep Meadow, across which you have a postcard view of the buildings along Central Park West. As s06 wrote, Belvedere castle is very nice too. The huge lake is a reservoir with a fence around it. Still scenic but maybe not what you're imagining. The lake adjacent to Bethesda fountain is very scenic: if you walk westerly along the shoreline from the fountain you come to the iconic Bow Bridge where you have another spectacular view of the city backdrop, including the Dakota Apartments (where Lennon lived). You went in on the northwest side, by the way--if it was near Morningside Park. Note that bicycling on the paths in NYC parks is, I believe, illegal. People do it, but there's always the possibility of a ticket.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:35 AM
 
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Make sure you see the CONSERVATORY GARDEN on the East Side centering pretty much on 105th Street. It is a shame it's the dead of Winter because the floral displays are STUNNING at other times of the year.

I think it's the prettiest part of the park.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:40 AM
 
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Among the most impressive sights are the Mall and the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. West of the Mall is Sheep Meadow, across which you have a postcard view of the buildings along Central Park West. As s06 wrote, Belvedere castle is very nice too. The huge lake is a reservoir with a fence around it. Still scenic but maybe not what you're imagining. The lake adjacent to Bethesda fountain is very scenic: if you walk westerly along the shoreline from the fountain you come to the iconic Bow Bridge where you have another spectacular view of the city backdrop, including the Dakota Apartments (where Lennon lived). You went in on the northwest side, by the way--if it was near Morningside Park. Note that bicycling on the paths in NYC parks is, I believe, illegal. People do it, but there's always the possibility of a ticket.

Yea I think I do remember seeing a sign that said no bikes. I was on the actually street that runs through it for most of the ride (along with a lot of other random bikers). Thanks for the heads up though.

And everybody else thanks for the ideas. Def some stuff you all listed that might be of interest. Looks like the castle is easy to get to on bikes.
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