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Central Park

Offering a welcome break from the lights and buzz of the Manhattan concrete jungle, this park is a much loved spot to rest weary feet, stroll and enjoy a picnic.

Central Park is a movie star in its own right, having featured in movies such as “When Harry Met Sally”, “Annie Hall”, “Home Alone 2” and “Sex and the City: The Movie”. Together with hosting some of the most famous musical artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Central Park is an iconic space of natural beauty known worldwide and adored by native New Yorkers.

Situated between 59th and 110th streets, Central Park first opened its gates to the public in 1857 on just 315 hectares. Today the park spans a staggering 341 hectares and is so extensive that it has its own New York City Police department. Affectionately referred to as “the lungs of New York”, Central Park breathes an air of natural beauty into the chaos of downtown Manhattan, boasting areas of outstanding natural beauty including an expanse of woodland.

Central Park is a space for all seasons, with different activities come rain or shine. For walking or running enthusiasts there are 93 Kilometres of walking trails throughout the Park. During the summer months, horse-drawn carriages wait to whisk romantics off around the park, and in the autumn, rowing boats can be hired from the nearby boathouse. Winter in Central Park could not be more magical. The award-winning zoo is open all year round and visitors can enjoy outdoor skating on one of the park’s two ice rinks.

For the History enthusiasts and sightseers, Central Park offers a diverse array of stunning architecture and untouched historical monuments. The Arsenal, built in the mid-1850s resembles a fairy tale castle, but is in fact a munitions supply depot for the New York State National Guard. The many statues and monuments dotted around the park honour well-known characters Hans Christian Andersen and Christopher Colombus. After a long stroll around the Park, grab a bite to eat from the local vendors selling hot dogs, pretzels, and ice cream and find a sunny spot on the great lawn to relax.

Because of its ideal location between the Upper West Side and Upper East Side neighbourhoods, Central Park is easily accessible by subway or by bus.

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West Side YMCA

West Side YMCA

5 West 63rd Street, New York
of 5, from 400 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of New York, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Broadway and Rockefeller Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

The Mark

The Mark

Madison Ave at 77th Street, New York
of 5, from 164 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This 16-story hotel is in Manhattan's Upper East Side, close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, and Central Park. With Madison Avenue less than a block away, The Mark places you in the center of Manhattan's social and cultural scene.

The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel

Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, New York
of 5, from 307 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Ideally situated where Manhattan's Fifth Avenue meets Central Park, this celebrated New York hotel re-opened in Spring 2008 after a $400 million lobby-to-roof renovation with a new and contemporary spirit.

Park Lane Hotel

Park Lane Hotel

36 Central Park S, New York
of 5, from 2,796 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Across the street from Central Park, this New York hotel is 2 blocks from Fifth Avenue shopping, less than 3 blocks from Columbus Circle, and 8 blocks from Rockefeller Center. A train station is located nearby.

Trump International Hotel & Tower New York

Trump International Hotel & Tower New York

1 Central Park W, New York
of 5, from 363 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located on Central Park, this 52-story luxury hotel is home to Three Michelin Star-rated Jean Georges restaurant and adjacent to The Shops at Columbus Circle, Fifth Avenue, and Lincoln Center.

Park Savoy Hotel

Park Savoy Hotel

158 W 58th St, New York
of 5, from 464 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carnegie Hall, Ed Sullivan Theater, and Museum of Modern Art. Rockefeller Center and Bloomingdale's are also within 15 minutes.

La Quinta Inn & Suites New York City Central Park

La Quinta Inn & Suites New York City Central Park

31 W 71st St, New York
of 5, from 105 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, this La Quinta Inn & Suites is just a half-block from Central Park and within a five-minute walk of subway stops. The American Museum of Natural History is 8 blocks south.

Hudson New York, Central Park

Hudson New York, Central Park

358 W 58th St, New York
of 5, from 3,216 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Designed by Philippe Starck, the trendsetting Hudson, A Morgans Original is within a block of the Time Warner Center's shops and restaurants; Central Park is one block away, and five blocks from Lincoln Center.

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