A walkway leading to the beautiful Bethesda Terrace, the Central Park Mall runs through the middle of the Park from 66th to 72nd street. It remains the sole formal feature of Olmsted and Vaux's naturalistic creation. To the north lies the Terrace Bridge, while the Olmsted Flower Bed is located directly south of the Mall.
Once referred to as an "open air hall of reception" by its creators, the Mall was specially designed to accommodate the width of carriages passing through its bounds. Around the turn of the century, these carriages would drop off their wealthy inhabitants at the Mall's starting point, where they could enjoy the natural scenery and mingle with people of lesser status. When these visitors finally reached the Bethesda Terrace, their carriages would be waiting to bring them to their next destination.
The Mall is still known as a gathering place, occupied by skateboarders, rollerbladers, and street performers. While strolling along the path, visitors will notice a large number of American elm trees. See the link bellow for a video that I made during a street performance there.
Popular at the time of their planting, these trees are rather uncommon today, and the Central Park Mall boasts one of the largest plantations of the American elm.
The Literary Walk, found at the southern end of the Mall, contains statues of such well-known literary figures as William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Burns among others.
At workshop the same photo but in a B&W version. What did you prefer?
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rbassin (24119) 2013-11-19 4:02
une bonne prise de vue, une rue bien animée.
J'aime bien les personnes créant des pointes de couleurs et la belle allée d'arbre gris.
C'est bien vu, bonne journée
sabermonajati (11357) 2013-11-19 5:30
amazing park with very nice trees you captured.
rigoletto (34279) 2013-11-19 6:22
hi andre. here you again make good use of deep perspective with the bare branches. i imagined the photo with partial desaturation on the red coat. could be even nicer :)
worldcitizen (9156) 2013-11-19 10:13
Nice view of the Mall. I like the color version better. The red coat in front especially jumps out against the bare tree branches. I saw the video link and it made me laugh. I've seen these same men about four times. They always do the exact same routine.
adores (46299) 2013-11-29 16:45
Isso aí deve estar com as temperaturas que nós temos aqui agora:)! As árvores nuas e o pessoal todo com casacos transmitem bem o frio:)! Gosto do colorido das roupas, a dar um pouco de cor ao dia bem cinzento! Mesmo com frio, o Parque parece estar bem cheio de vida!
- Copyright: Andre Bonavita (bona) (13739)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-03-17
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Canon EF 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: March in New York City
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-18 20:58