Can you imagine that the first-ever public park in America now occupies real estate with the recent estimated value of 528 billion dollars. Even for all that money, New Yorkers would never dream of selling their precious Central Park.
In 1858 a competition to design the park was won by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Their Greensward plan seduced the judging panel with winding paths, large open spaces, and many places for people to admire the scenery (and each other), which appealed to their affluent sensibilities. By the time Central Park was finally completed in 1873, it had transformed a swampy site with rocky terrain into a landscaped masterpiece.
25,000 trees. 280 species of birds. 3 formal gardens. One of the most pleasant ways to see Central Park is by bicycle. Rent a bike and travel through as much of the 843 acres as you like. The outer park drive will take you on a journey of just over six miles. Looking for more or less? cutting across various paths that splinter off the main drag, makes the trip as long or short as you want it.
Pro tip: to avoid collisions on the drives, remember to head counter-clockwise.
New York Pass offers great deals on Central Park Bicycle Tours, as well as free entry to 80 Attractions in New York City.
You can also rent bikes directly from Bike Rental Central Park – www.bikerentalcentralpark.com/