Saturday, August 8, 2009

Central Park's Conservatory Water

Central Park continues to surprise me.

Just when I think I've seen all there is to see, I come across something new. Last weekend, it was Conservatory Water, near the southeastern edge of the park.

In addition to the views, three things in particular struck me about the space:

1. The statues. Hans Christian Andersen overlooks the western edge of the water, while the well-known Alice in Wonderland statue is at the northern end.

2. The model boat. Central Park touts the water as an excellent place for models, and we saw one remote-controlled boat gliding by as we rested on one of the many benches that line the water.

3. The telescopes. There were a couple of telescopes at the edge of the water, and it looked as if people were using them to look into the apartments of the skyscrapers that line the park's eastern edge. Creepy. I've since learned, however, that the telescopes are pointed at a building that hosts the nest of a couple of red-tailed hawks. Even New Yorkers aren't that callous, I guess.

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