Central Park is a huge park in the heart of Manhattan. It has become one of the most famous parks due to many appearances in movies and television shows. This 843-acre park is located north of Midtown and south of Harlem, between the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side.
It is the green oasis within the city, a place for everyone to escape from city life, whether it’s just for a walk, for having a picnic or for a round of speed-dating. Lots of sports can be done in Central Park: jogging, cycling, fishing, rowing, swimming, skating, basketball and ice-skating, just to name some. There are concerts, open-airs and movie festivals taking place in Central Park, many of them free of charge.
The park was built in 1853 because the New Yorkers needed a green place where they could escape from the noise and chaotic life in the city. It was the first man-made public park in the United States. In the 1960s and 1970s the park began to deteriorate: Littering, Vandalism, Graffiti’s. The park became very dangerous at night and it looked like it was out of control, until 1980 when they founded the Central Park Conservancy, a private non-profit organization, which still runs the park. Today the park is very clean and safe, even when it’s dark.