Central Park in New York City – A Man Made Natural Wonder

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New York City’s Central Park seems to me to be one of the wonders of the world. It reshapes nature to fit into the confines a a great city. I enjoyed a few hours yesterday exploring the northern half. I have to catch a plane shortly, so I’m going to forgo my usual drivel and show you the images.

This is probably one of the last things that you would expect to see in a giant metropolis:   a babbling brook:

Not what you would expect to see in the middle of ManhattanThe are miles of paths through dense forest in the park. Even so, I found it easy to navigate. If you can keep a sense of the general direction that you are walking, you can’t get lost. If you keep going long enough in the same direction, you are bound to come to a street soon. There are also may signs about to guide the wanderer:

Typical Central Park pathThere are several lovely ponds in the park:

One of the beautiful ponds in Central ParkHere is another pond:

Another Central Park pond
Tennis, anyone?

Central Park - Tennis, anyone?Playgrounds surround the park, making for quick and easy access:

Central Park - playgrounds all aroundThere are many quiet spots to get away from the noise of the city with a friend:

Central Park - heaven in the city for man and dog alikeFinally, because I know that Eunie will read this in Dallas, I’ll show you my dinner. I seem to be obsessed with showing you what I eat. It’s just as well. It reminds me to eat at least once a day:

After a long walk in Central Park - dinner

Otherwise, I might forget.

I found a great place that sells what tastes to me very much like home-cooked food for US$ 4.99 per pound. That’s cheap by any standards.

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5 Responses to “Central Park in New York City – A Man Made Natural Wonder”

  1. Alfred Says:

    I wouldn’t exactly call Central Park “dense forest,” but it is pretty amazing.

  2. MadDog Says:

    I admit to a bit of hyperbole there. It comes over me to exaggerate sometimes. I’ll call it poetic license.

    Thanks for reading, Alfred.
    - MadDog -

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  4. chikaloca Says:

    You experienced New York’s Central Park. Why would you say “A Man Mad natural Wonder” fits to Central Park New York? I am writing an essay about the history of Central Park based on that Title. If you could answer it’ll be great.

  5. MadDog Says:

    Hi Maria,

    I called Central Park a Man Made Wonder because it is a highly modified work of nature. It has a very interesting history. Rather than try to tell all of that here, let me guide you to the information about how the natural features of the are were “engineered” by man to make the wonderful park that it is today. I hope that you get a chance to see it one day.

    Try these links:
    http://www.centralpark.com/pages/history.html
    http://www.ny.com/articles/centralpark.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Park
    http://www.centralparknyc.org/site/PageNavigator/aboutpark_history_cp_history_150yrs
    http://www.centralparknyc.org/site/PageNavigator/aboutcon_history

    Good luck with your essay. If you’d like to email it to me, I’ll add it as an update to my article.

    Jan