No blog on Central Park would be complete without mentioning the buskers that frequent the Promenade, the Terrace, and the Castle.
Their talent, virtuosity, and, on occasion, genius, add a new dimension to the cultural milieu of the park.
Though Olmsted and Vaux never would have imagined such performances taking place beyond the confines of the Naumberg Bandshell where formal concerts were sometimes held, it demonstrates the flexibility of their original design that it could accommodate such changes in the future.
In my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, Christopher Middleton, the main character, happens upon an unusual performance on the Bethesda Terrace, conducted by none other than the Mad Hatter himself!
Here’s one of the many performances that take place along the Mall on a sunny afternoon: