Central Park is one of New York City’s premier attractions. Not only is the full of events and activities every day of the year, it’s also one of the world’s largest urban parks. It’s what makes New York City unique, and it adds to the vast slew of reasons why New York City is the best city in the world. Central Park is only 14 blocks away from our New York City Hotel, and we’re proud to be close to a park that’s so integral to the character of our island. The park is so important to the culture of New York City. That’s why we’re going to spend the next few blogs discussing Central Park and its history. Today we’ll be posting the first section of our many delightful facts about New York’s beloved Central Park:

Booming Size

New York City’s Central Park is, again, one of the biggest metropolitan parks in the world. Central Park weighs in at 843 acres of ground – that’s about three and a half square miles! It’s phenomenal to think about the size of our park and the foresight implemented in installing a great park in the center of one of the world’s greatest cities.

Design

Although Central Park may look entirely natural, it is manmade! The entirety of the park was crafted according to manmade design, and before implementing gradations of elevation, rock structures, lakes, and woods, Central Park was a tabula rasa – a blank slate. There are currently about 136 acres of wooded area, some 250 acres of grass lawn, about 58 miles of sidewalk and 36 bridges throughout New York City’s Central Park.

A Concert Mecca

Central Park is home to several concert venues, and it has housed massive concerts in its past. In fact, the most massive concert was hosted by Garth Brooks in 1997. In his August concert, Garth Brooks performed in front of 980,000 people – and best of all, the concert was free!

Discoveries Abound

You may not think that you’d find new wildlife in a manmade park, but a new species has been discovered within Central Park. Back in 2002, zoologists discovered a new species. It’s a small centipede, measuring in at less than half of an inch in length, and it’s been named Nannarrup hoffmani.