I adore New York’s Central Park. Like so many Manhattanites, I used to jog around its Reservoir after work, listen to opera and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra while picnicking on the Sheep Meadow with friends, and get my cute animal fix at the Central Park Zoo. On dates with my now-husband, we’d go for long walks to yet-undiscovered corners of the park. Because, really, is there anyplace in New York City as romantic as Central Park? Jane Fonda ran Barefoot in the Park with Robert Redford. Michelle Pfeiffer frolicked in the rain with George Clooney on One Fine Day. When Harry Met Sally for a stroll, the leaves were golden in the autumn light. And I know I’m not the only one who shed a tear when Kate Beckinsale tossed her glove to John Cusack in a moment of perfect Serendipity.
So on our latest jaunt to the Big Apple, we spent as much time wandering around Central Park as we could, in spite of the freezing temperatures. One morning even a heavy sleet couldn’t keep us away! Here are some of my favorite scenes, from the skaters at Wollman Rink and often-whimsical statues to the gracefully curved branches of the American elms and now-quiet ponds covered with ice.
Have you been to Central Park? Which wintry scene is your favorite?