By the Light of Gapstow
This picture of one of the best known bridges in Central Park dates back to October of 2006. This photo was taken after a morning of gathering with a huge crowd of fans and friends at Strawberry Fields to sing songs celebrating the birthday of John Lennon. Since I captured this first digital image I've taken hundreds of photos of Gapstow from all sides but this is the only one where the bridge seems almost deserted and so alive in the shade.
By the standards of Central Park bridges this simple stone arch is one of the less noticeable but “location, location, location.” Gapstow, the closest bridge to the entrance to the Park at 5th Avenue and Central Park South, offers what must be the most recognizable view of Central Park
This is the back view or less familiar sides of the famous bridge. I think there must be a tourist rulebook somewhere that forces every NYC visitor to go to this bridge and take a photo of the city view from there followed by most venturing down to get another shot of the other side of an ivy covered Gapstow. Even though there are millions of visitors who walk across that bridge and explore the area each year, the turtles, ducks and geese give off a sense of solitude in the shadows of skyscrapers.
From this side the sense of solitude is very real. Few visitors make it down to the backside of Gapstow. Through the portal are the first hints of autumn over "The Pond," that same turtle pond where Holden Caulfield asked “Where do the ducks go in the winter?” Beyond that is the Plaza Hotel, that same hotel where in February of 1964 John Lennon and three of his closest friends occupied an entire floor as the streets were filled with screaming fans.