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NYC - Central Park: Gapstow Bridge

The Gapstow Bridge spans forty-four feet, twelve feet above the northeast end of the Pond providing the area with a defining scenic enhancement as well as an excellent place to view the the City skyline. The original Gapstow Bridge was built in 1874 and designed by Jacob Wrey Mould. It was a unique wooden bridge with ornamented cast iron railings. Apparently, due to wear and tear it only lasted a little more than twenty years. This current stone replacement, by Howard & Caudwell, is a sturdy structure that compliments the water and grassy slopes that it surrounds. During the warmer weather foliage will completely cover the bridge camouflaging its shape with a cloak of green.

 

Located on the southeast corner of Central Park not more then a few yards away from the intense pace of the city is a pristine resting place for the city weary called the Pond. Its location below street level was intended to mute the noisy restless turmoil of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South and the naturally winding paths with their gentle curves were intended to bring instant harmony to a visitor's search for the Park's potentially calming influence.

 

Central Park was designated a scenic landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1974.

 

National Historic Register #66000538

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Taken on May 25, 2008