Thursday's Child: A Walk through Central Park

Thursday, April 17, 2014
"Imagine" memorial outside the Dakota


Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one.

- from "Imagine", by John Lennon

The seasons of Central Park:







The statues of Central Park:



I've never been anywhere that feels both as familiar and as ever-changing as Central Park. We try to visit every time we're in New York City, and every time we see something new. We've seen it in the sunshine, on overcast days, and in the pouring rain. We've seen it in the cold of December and in the blazing heat of July. 

Some of our memories of Central Park: Watching kids swarm over and around the Alice in Wonderland sculpture. Identifying statues that honour Robbie Burns, Christopher Columbus and William Shakespeare, to name just a handful. Witnessing story hour beside the Hans Christian Andersen sculpture. Walking through Strawberry Fields, dedicated to the honour of John Lennon who was shot at his home beside the park. Meeting the "Butterfly Lady" beside the lake, who knew how to say 'butterfly' in 68 languages (and taught us a few). Street musicians, horse and carriage rides, skateboarders practicing tricks and runners - always runners. Central Park is the centre of the city by more than name and geography, and New York wouldn't be the same without it.



"Everything you look at can become a fairy tale, and you can get a story from everything you touch."
- Hans Christian Anderson






19 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

Such an iconic setting! One of these days I'll get to NYC and see all the wonders! :)

Valerie Gamine said...

Lovely. Lovely. "Butterfly" must sound beautiful in every language.

Juliana Levine said...

Beautiful pictures Beth...these bring me many memories.

Barbara said...

It's a wonderful city...my daughter lives there so I am there often.
Hope you and your lovely family have a blessed Easter, Beth.

Angie Schneider said...

One of my favourite songs...beautiful clicks, Beth.
Have a lovely day!
Angie

Jess said...

It looks beautiful! I've never been to NYC :)

kumars kitchen said...

beautiful clicks,thanks for sharing :-)

kirstenlopresti said...

I loved seeing the seasons of Central Park. It's amazing how it can look so completely different.

Daniela Grimburg said...

Such beautiful pics, Beth.
I love NYC at all seasons but spring is my favorite when Central Park literally radiates light.

Gloria Baker said...

Beautiful shots Beth!
Happy Easter!

bamskitchen said...

I have never been here. Love all the statues and the kids playing. Be careful at night though not a safe place in evening or after dark. Have a super Easter. BAM

nancy at good food matters said...

I love Central Park, and love seeing this post. We will be in Manhattan for a few days next month, and it should be filled with the beauty of spring. My most unique visit there was in February 2005 for Christo's installation of The Gates. Happy Easter!

Joanne said...

One of my favorite places on earth!!

bakewithjill.com said...

Such an amazing place, and always something new to discover.

yummychunklet said...

Love that song!

Debra Eliotseats said...

Thanks for letting me tag along!

Mary @ The World Is A Book said...

Great round-up of quotes and pictures that really show the beauty and diversity of Central Park. It is also one of our favorite places to spend some time at while in NYC. There's always some thing new to see and explore. I have fond memories of my kids at the HCAndersen and Alice statues.

Julie said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like a wonderful trip.

I Wilkerson said...

Great pics--lovely any season. Have a great Easter.

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