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NYC's Central Park

Central Park in Manhattan is the most visited park in the United States (25 million visitors annually) and one of the most famous in the world.  At 843 acres, it is a huge oasis in the middle of a giantic, bustling  "city that never sleeps."

Up until the '80s, Central Park was known for its crimes, especially after dark, with approximately 1000 commited each year.  After massive changes and reorganization, crimes are down to 100/year, making it one of the safest urban parks in the world.

Of all my Central Park pics, I chose this one (while sitting on top of a double-decker tour bus) for the watercolor filter in Photoshop.  I decided not to crop out the sidewalk and walls just so you could see how close it is to the road.  It really IS in the middle of the city!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


NYC's Central Park

Central Park in Manhattan is the most visited park in the United States (25 million visitors annually) and one of the most famous in the world.  At 843 acres, it is a huge oasis in the middle of a giantic, bustling  "city that never sleeps."

Up until the '80s, Central Park was known for its crimes, especially after dark, with approximately 1000 commited each year.  After massive changes and reorganization, crimes are down to 100/year, making it one of the safest urban parks in the world.

Of all my Central Park pics, I chose this one (while sitting on top of a double-decker tour bus) for the watercolor filter in Photoshop.  I decided not to crop out the sidewalk and walls just so you could see how close it is to the road.  It really IS in the middle of the city!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (25)

Isn't it wonderful?! I spent an afternoon there once. I couldn't believe how big the park is, and how, as you said, it's right in the middle of everything.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Red Pen, it's wonderful, indeed!
  • Dotun
  • 10 May 2007, 00:18
i love the depth of this shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dotun.
  • Kay
  • Oregon
  • 10 May 2007, 02:29
Hi Ginnie, I like how you applied the filter, and am glad you managed to visit the park so you can show those of us who have not YET been there, what it looks like! Nice!
Ginnie Hart: And this is only one of hundreds of views, Kay! I was so glad to see it for myself. Thanks.
  • Carl
  • Navarre,Florida
  • 10 May 2007, 05:12
If I could visit that city for a day to start with,
I think,perhaps I would choose to spend a few more days.
Thank you for sharing it and your enthusiasm for N.Y.C.
Ginnie Hart: We only had a week and tried to cram in as much as possible, Carl. We could go back for another week and do the same thing with everything we missed!
I liked the way you have framed this Ginnie. The sidewalk and the wall works for me. Not sure about the intensity of the watercolor effect though - could have been a bit more, probably its my monitor's resolution tongue
Ginnie Hart: I always forget, Thomas, when I run those filters that I can change the settings. Thanks for the reminder.
superbe photo. ça donne envie d'y aller
Ginnie Hart: Maybe someday, O-P! smile
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 10 May 2007, 08:45
The effect works perfect! Well done!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Julia.
Absolutely gorgeous smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart. Thanks, Ade.
Tomorrow is 200 photos?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, Mary! But I'm not doing anything spectacular or unique. Just something special for me. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 May 2007, 11:12
This pic has the look and feel of a lovely painting. Great shot - leaving the diagonal line of the bridge wall adds toward a good composition.

After dark, in this park ... Remember old Charles Bronson in the vigilante series?
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sir Louis.

Charles Bronson? Oh yes, I can remember back that far! grin
nice park overview
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
Looks almost like a painting Ginnie. Central Park is amazing - a haven in the middle of such a vast city.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Bernie, it is indeed a haven. I was very impressed and thrilled that this city has it!
It does look like a painting. Its quite beautiful Ginnie. Looks like it would be a nice place to spend a warm afternoon.
Ginnie Hart: Absolutely, DD. You'd want to go more than once!!!
Me gusta como has "pintado" esta fotografía. Central Park ! Todo un clásico.

I like since "you have painted" this photography. Central Park! Everything a classic one.
Ginnie Hart: Yep. I painted Central Park, Jose. grin
I love this picture. Beautful as a painting and a pretty invitation to walk in NY. Lucky you ! smile
Ginnie Hart: I WAS lucky, Florence. Thanks for your comment.
I would like to visit Central Park in the fall sometime, with all the great colors.
but this looks nice too Ginnie smile smile
Ginnie Hart: The fall would be magnificent, Magnus!
Using the watercolor feature adds a nice timeless quality.

Olmstead the designer of Central Park also designed Smith College's campus.wink
They're both gems.

What amazes me is how much wildlife is actually contained on all that beautiful land in the big city.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Joie. I did not know that about Smith. As you know, that's where my mom did her undergraduate work. Did I tell you that she got her Masters at Couumbia and that we actually drove by the campus there in NYC on the tour bus! I was ecstatic!

I think Olmstead also designed the Biltmore House? Another fabulous piece of work! And he has been commemorated on one of our USA postal stamps!

Thanks for stopping by again. Good to see you. smile
Amazing job the Police have done there. Nicely worked Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: I would say so, Chris! Thanks.
Picasso would have been proud of you. You are hard to follow.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You are so funny, Busola. grin
  • Leye
  • 11 May 2007, 00:39
what is there not to like in this shot.

Bea.................utiful
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Leye. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
  • Ellie
  • 11 May 2007, 00:54
Ginnie, I like this a lot. The watercolour treatment works brilliantly and adds a special texture to the picture.

Am I right in thinking that Juliani (sp?) had a lot to do with making Central Park a safer place?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Ellie.

You spelled Rudy Giuliani the way he pronounces his name, so I knew immediately who you meant. Good question, which I can't answer (nor did I take the time to read through all this link):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Giuliani
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 11 May 2007, 13:44
This makes it possible to imagine how one of the Impressionist masters would have pained Central Park. Really lovely treatment!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ruth. That means a lot from you! smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 11 May 2007, 14:48
Oops! What a difference a "t" makes. :|
Ginnie Hart: HA! I never even noticed, Ruth. That shows to go ya how we see what is meant! smile
Like very much your processing here ! Bravo Ginnie !!
Ginnie Hart: Always a sweetheart, Zeb!
Wow, that looks like one of the impressionists painted it or something. Myself and Alan visited New York a few years ago and went for a stroll in Central Park. My lord but it's big !!
Ginnie Hart: Since you've been there, David, you really DO know how big it is!

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