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So many fantastic sights to enjoy around Central Park, pt 1

Gorgeous Bethesda Fountain, designed by Emma Stebbins, was unveiled in 1873; Stebbins was the first woman to receive a public commission for a major work of art in New York City

Gorgeous Bethesda Fountain, designed by Emma Stebbins, was unveiled in 1873; Stebbins was the first woman to receive a public commission for a major work of art in New York City

The 6 acre Conservatory Garden, accessed through the ornate Vanderbilt Gate on Fifth Avenue, is Central Park’s formal garden and one of the most significant public gardens in New York City; too bad it wasn't springtime

The 6 acre Conservatory Garden, accessed through the ornate Vanderbilt Gate on Fifth Avenue, is Central Park’s formal garden and one of the most significant public gardens in New York City; too bad it wasn't springtime

The 1916 Pulitzer Fountain is in Grand Army Plaza at the SE (and most upscale) corner of Central Park; newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer died in 1911 and bequeathed $50,000 for the creation of the fountain

The 1916 Pulitzer Fountain is in Grand Army Plaza at the SE (and most upscale) corner of Central Park; newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer died in 1911 and bequeathed $50,000 for the creation of the fountain

The Duke Ellington Memorial by sculptor Robert Graham was erected in 1997 in Duke Ellington Circle which is the NE corner of Central Park; it is at Fifth Avenue and 110th Street

The Duke Ellington Memorial by sculptor Robert Graham was erected in 1997 in Duke Ellington Circle which is the NE corner of Central Park; it is at Fifth Avenue and 110th Street

The USS Maine National Monument is at the Merchants' Gate entrance to Central Park; dedicated in 1913, the monument memorializes the men who died when the USS Maine sank in Havana Harbor contributing to the outbreak of the Spanish–American War

The USS Maine National Monument is at the Merchants' Gate entrance to Central Park; dedicated in 1913, the monument memorializes the men who died when the USS Maine sank in Havana Harbor contributing to the outbreak of the Spanish–American War

I visited the Neue Galerie which is a museum of early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design located in the William Starr Miller House at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue; it's quite small but seeing The Lady in Gold by Klimt was worth it

I visited the Neue Galerie which is a museum of early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design located in the William Starr Miller House at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue; it's quite small but seeing The Lady in Gold by Klimt was worth it

The Untermyer Fountain (1947), featuring a bronze cast of Walter Schott’s Three Dancing Maidens, adorns the northern section of the Conservatory Garden and is a memorial to civic leader Samuel Untermyer and his wife, cultural patroness Minnie Untermyer

The Untermyer Fountain (1947), featuring a bronze cast of Walter Schott’s Three Dancing Maidens, adorns the northern section of the Conservatory Garden and is a memorial to civic leader Samuel Untermyer and his wife, cultural patroness Minnie Untermyer

Mike and I enjoyed visiting the Museum of the City of New York which is at the northern end of the Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue; founded in 1923, the museum was originally located in Gracie Mansion which is now the residence of the mayor

Mike and I enjoyed visiting the Museum of the City of New York which is at the northern end of the Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue; founded in 1923, the museum was originally located in Gracie Mansion which is now the residence of the mayor

Hidden along a steep hillside below Belvedere Castle is the enchanting Shakespeare Garden; the four-acre space is densely planted with trees, shrubs, flowers, and herbs mentioned in William Shakespeare’s plays and poems

Hidden along a steep hillside below Belvedere Castle is the enchanting Shakespeare Garden; the four-acre space is densely planted with trees, shrubs, flowers, and herbs mentioned in William Shakespeare’s plays and poems

The Naumburg Bandshell, completed in 1923, is the only Neoclassical building in the Park, a striking contrast to the Park’s predominantly Victorian or Victorian-inspired architecture and design

The Naumburg Bandshell, completed in 1923, is the only Neoclassical building in the Park, a striking contrast to the Park’s predominantly Victorian or Victorian-inspired architecture and design

The William Tecumseh Sherman Monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1903) was the artist's last major monument and his crowning achievement; Sherman succeeded Ulysses S Grant as commander of the Union forces during the Civil War

The William Tecumseh Sherman Monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1903) was the artist's last major monument and his crowning achievement; Sherman succeeded Ulysses S Grant as commander of the Union forces during the Civil War

The New-York Historical Society was founded in 1804 as New York's first museum; it's on Central Park West at 77th Street and was worth visiting for the Tiffany lamp collection alone

The New-York Historical Society was founded in 1804 as New York's first museum; it's on Central Park West at 77th Street and was worth visiting for the Tiffany lamp collection alone

The 1896 Gapstow Bridge spans the Pond near the SE corner of the Park; there are 30 ornamental bridges and arches in the Park today which allow different modes of transportation to circulate safely

The 1896 Gapstow Bridge spans the Pond near the SE corner of the Park; there are 30 ornamental bridges and arches in the Park today which allow different modes of transportation to circulate safely

Central Park was once run-down and unsafe, but starting in the 1980s it has been run by the Central Park Conservancy which has greatly improved the park; unfortunately, even in broad daylight, there are still plenty of unwanted visitors

Central Park was once run-down and unsafe, but starting in the 1980s it has been run by the Central Park Conservancy which has greatly improved the park; unfortunately, even in broad daylight, there are still plenty of unwanted visitors

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, built in 1872, anchors the Museum Mile; many of the world's most famous works of art are here in the 2  million sq ft of exhibit space

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, built in 1872, anchors the Museum Mile; many of the world's most famous works of art are here in the 2+ million sq ft of exhibit space

Many American traditions have their roots in NYC, like Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which starts at the American Museum of Natural History; the world's largest parade, it was the setting at the beginning of the 1947 classic film, Miracle on 34th Street

Many American traditions have their roots in NYC, like Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which starts at the American Museum of Natural History; the world's largest parade, it was the setting at the beginning of the 1947 classic film, Miracle on 34th Street

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