Welcome to my Blog! Here’s What To Expect…

Welcome to my Blog! I’m very excited to have you on board! Central Park Story is a young adult adventure series whose main character is a sixteen-year-old boy named Christopher Middleton.  It’s also a treasure hunt/romance/historical adventure/fantasy/humorous tale all rolled into one! I put a lot of time researching the backdrop to the series which […]

The Central Park Carousel and its Rambunctious Steeds

I’s not that difficult to imagine the horses at the Central Park carousel springing to life! The present carousel (this is the fourth iteration of  the carousel in the history of the park) was made in 1908 by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein and is one of the finest examples of American folk art in […]

Bet You Didn’t Know There Are Two Alice in Wonderland Statues in Central Park!

The Alice in Wonderland statue you’re probably most familiar with is pictured to the right, but there’s another, lesser known statue hidden away in the Sophie Loeb Children’s Playground. Unless you’re a five-year-old, you probably aren’t aware that it even exists (see second photograph). The more familiar bronze Delacorte sculpture (created in 1956) is generally […]

Hans Christian Anderson Reads to the Ugly Duckling at the Conservatory Pond

The statue of Hans Christian Anderson, a Danish author famous for his children’s stories The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling, sits within a stone’s throw of the statue of Alice and her motley crew (see previous post). A Danish women’s society donated it to the park in 1956, and it has been the scene […]

Starfest: A Festival of the Stars in the Sheep Meadow

Although New York probably has enough earthly stars to fill the Milky Way, what I’m referring to is a festival in Central Park where ordinary people can look at the stars in the night sky. It’s been an event at the Sheep Meadow since the early 1990s (the last festival was held in mid-October, 2015). […]

The Bethesda Fountain, both in Central Park and in the Bible

Most people don’t recognize the name ‘Bethesda Fountain’ when they first hear about the one in Central Park. Not so back in the 1860s when both the fountain and the Angel of the Waters were first installed. Back in the mid-nineteenth century, four out five people went to church on Sunday and read the Bible […]

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. . .dah, dah, dah, DAH!!

In Central Park Story Book One, Christopher Middleton and his girlfriend, Ashley Ferguson, listen to a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at the New York Philharmonic. Since it’s in a book, I had to describe the symphony in words, but since I’m using my blog as a running commentary, I’m including a short except of […]

Model Sailboat Racing in Central Park…Step Aside Stuart Little!

Instead of presenting a clean-cut, family-oriented version of model sailboat racing in Central Park, I decided to present its seedier side in Central Park Story Book One. After all, it takes place in the middle of one of the most ruthlessly competitive places on earth–even on a quiet weekend. Here’s a video that shows the […]

Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art…boring, boring, boring!

The Met is a bit overwhelming when you first enter. It’s no wonder it reminds Christopher Middleton, the main character of Central Park Story Book One, of the inside of a church! When I was a teenager, I would immediately retreat to the medieval section to admire all the knights and their weaponry until my […]

The Hudson River School and Its Influence on the Design of Central Park

Its hard to understand the design of Central Park without first coming to terms with the influence of the Hudson River School. In the early part of the 19th century, America was in need of its own artistic expression and a group of artists that came to be known of as the Hudson River School […]

The Ramble Lake (Built from Scratch Like Everything in Central Park)

The Ramble Lake wasn’t always a lake. It began as a conglomerate of swampy, uneven ground and sluggish water that flowed from underneath the present-day Museum of Natural History before emptying into the East River. What to do with such a difficult piece of land? Olmsted and Vaux came to the rescue by excavating the […]