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Imagine…Being in a QUIET Oasis in the Middle of NYC!

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A must-visit for anybody heading to NYC is Central Park. Besides the fact that it costs NOTHING/NADA/ZERO to go there, it is an amazingly peaceful oasis right there in the middle of one of the busiest cities anywhere.

Before heading inside the park’s borders and in keeping with our (sort of) theme of music history, we headed over to the Dakota building on the west side of Central Park, which is where John Lennon lived with his wife (Yoko Ono, who still has an apartment there), and where he was killed by Mark David Chapman in 1980.

This subway sign/stop is at the Dakota; I found it to be quite beautiful.

After stopping at the Dakota, we crossed the street to enter Central Park and entered Strawberry Fields, which is the area of Central Park that was landscaped in honor of John Lennon, with financial help from his widow Yoko Ono. It is such a beautiful, peaceful place.

The only reference to Lennon in Strawberry Fields is the black and white mosaic that has the word “Imagine” in the middle of it.

Nearby there is a plaque that lists more than 100 countries which endorse Strawberry Fields as a “garden of peace”.

We saw *almost* everything on the south end of the Park. I have way too many photos to post, but I chose a couple of my favorites. This is the Angel of the Waters Fountain.

Here’s a halfway decent photo of Jim and me as we made our way through The Mall and the Literary Walk.

One of my most favorite photo-taking opportunities on the whole trip was when we walked over to the Chess and Checkers House. Don’t know what it is? It’s just like it sounds. It’s a house that has a chess/checkers tables situated all the way around it.

The house wasn’t open for game piece rental because it was still pretty early in the day, but the boys decided to play with imaginary pieces. See them?

I’ll just let you look at the photos on your own without my descriptions, to see how the game went.

Moving on, Central Park was full of the horse and carriages you always hear about. It was so dang pretty!

We stopped by Wollman Rink, which is now run by The Donald. Need proof? Click on the photo to enlarge, and look at the sides. His name is, of course, all over it.

It’s even on the Zamboni. See?

Wow. I was just blown away by Central Park. Someday (soon?) I hope to see the rest of it!

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  • Sammanthia April 11, 2009, 1:30 am

    WOW! You’ve got some seriously awesome pictures! JEALOUS!

  • Mom24 April 11, 2009, 1:34 am

    Wonderful post…again! I’m so jealous. It looks like a fabulous trip. I had no idea that Central Park was so huge! Very impressive and very special.

  • MileHighDad April 11, 2009, 1:48 am

    Pretty cool! An amazingly peaceful oasis in NYC? I cant even find that in my house much anymore! And I live on the edge to knowhere.

  • i am the diva April 11, 2009, 4:19 am

    wow, it’s like being in a movie!!

  • The Microblogologist April 11, 2009, 4:59 am

    I’d want to go there after the trees leafed out and there were flowers blooming. I think that would likely be the highlight of a trip to that city for me given that I am not much of a city person and prefer suburbs or rural areas. Looks like your boys had a spirited game going on there, glad it didn’t come to blows 😉

  • WeaselMomma April 11, 2009, 10:19 am

    I love the imaginary chess game the boys played! What sports.

  • MaNiC MoMMy™ April 11, 2009, 1:15 pm

    Holy shit, that’s a lot of picture taking! Looks fun! Once when I was in NYC, in Battery Park, I lost $60 to one of those guys with the ball under the shell. I DON’T KNOW HOW IT HAPPENED! REALLY! And I was sober!!!!

  • Isabella April 11, 2009, 2:47 pm

    Great photos! Each post makes me want to visit NYC that much more. 🙂

  • Huckdoll April 11, 2009, 8:01 pm

    What a gorgeous day to be at Central Park.I want to go so, SO badly…

    It’s hard to believe people actually live in that city and get to enjoy that stuff everyday. Jealous!

  • Karen MEG April 11, 2009, 9:09 pm

    Great shots of Central Park, it is HUGE isn’t it? I have yet to go through when it’s warm (everytime we’ve been there it’s been wintery) but we did take the kids on a carriage ride… sweet!

  • Katie April 12, 2009, 1:38 am

    Found my way over here from Huckdoll’s twitter! I am possibly the biggest NYC fan that doesn’t live there… LOL… you’ve definitely done it justice with this recap! 🙂

    I actually took almost the same picture as you, on one of my trips to NYC… I present to you… the subway sign: http://www.flickr.com/photos/superflash/2283352218


  • Katie April 12, 2009, 1:39 am

    WHOA… I just realized what is totally weird about your pictures… the Imagine mosaic has no flowers! I have never seen it like that, in all of my NYC trips. Was the dude that normally decorates the tribute not out there? I wonder what happened! I’m shocked!

  • NukeDad April 12, 2009, 5:35 am

    I love Central Park. The Imagine circle was covered with flowers when we were there; wonder why not when you were there-it’s one of the most popular tourist stops. Is that fountain awesome or what? Everytime I’m there and I see a balloon I think that Mel Gibsons son is going to be kidnapped by Lt. Dan.

  • Andie April 13, 2009, 12:09 am

    Central Park, by far, is one of my most favorite things about NYC. I love sitting on the rocks and people watching while having a picnic.

    There are always neat musicians in & aroudn the park, too!

  • Sue April 13, 2009, 2:16 am

    So pretty! I love the checkers game!

  • Michelle April 13, 2009, 2:36 am

    Ohhh Central Park is so lovely. It’s so nice to actually see some nature and animals (other than rodents, which I don’t consider animals!) after so much time in the concrete jungle. I didn’t know the history behind Strawberry Fields, so thanks for the heads up.

    And I’m thinking someone was cheating at that chess game!

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