Vintage New York: Central Park


Good weather brings people outside in droves. In New York, especially when you live in the city, nothing is nicer and more iconic that spending your day in Central Park.

In the middle of a mega city where billions of dollars are made and lost everyday sits an equally mega park that stretches out to 843 acres. It was opened in 1857 and it is the most visited urban park in the United States.

On a regular day you will see people reading the latest paperback, a wedding party taking photos by the fountain, nannies chasing after a slew of toddlers, and people hitching a ride on a horse and buggy.

Central Park is always teeming with activities just like Manhattan is but in its own unique way it brings the feeling of rushing and doing down a few notches.

Did you know there was a castle in Central Park? It's called Belvedere Castle and was built in 1869. You can bird watch at a section called The Ramble, row boating (which my parents did often in the 1970's), ice skating, rock climbing, and catch a Marionette Theater show. Those are just some amazing activities that are found there because there is also a zoo, a playground, and loads of bike riding trails.

These photos capture a small glimpse into the joys and moments etched in time in Central Park. The photos are from the 1950's to the early 1970's.

1950s Central Park
Central Park Dogs
Vintage NYC
Central Park 1950s
NYC Horse and Buggy
Vintage Central Park
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Central Park NYC

Have you been to Central Park? If so, what did you do and see? If you could go to Central Park what are the first things you would love to do?

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  1. Love the pups in the fountain!

    I loved visiting the Central Park Zoo, especially at feeding time for the sea lions!

  2. great vintage pictures

    retro rover

  3. Love this post!! I just love seeing old photography like this that really captures a place we still know and love today.

    I have been to Central Park a couple times. I've been to the zoo and to Strawberry Fields, most notably, and then we did a lot of walking about just to look. It's a truly wonderful place, and I'd love to go back. (Heck, I'm about due to go back to NYC in general!)


  4. What gorgeous photos! I miss Central Park so much, when my fiancé and I were in NYC we visited Central Park the most out of any place. We spent hours sitting on the Kung-Fu Panda quote bench in the Rambles watching squirrels and birds :)

  5. These are so, so fantastic!!! I adore the sense of vitality and carefree fun that runs like a common thread between all of these awesome vintage images. What a fun, enjoyable post, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

  6. Central Park seems to be its own little world, a place where people of all walks of life are free to go and the possibilities seem endless. What fun! And what history!
    I haven't even been to New York, but when I do, I know I MUST take time to explore the Park. I'd be so tempted to take off my shoes and walk barefoot like Judy Holliday in It Should Happen to You.


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