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Reflections on Fall Colors in Central Park

Step out of The Sherry-Netherland across Fifth Avenue and right into the vibrant landscape of Central Park. It’s the ideal spot to appreciate autumn in New York when showy fall foliage presents at its finest.

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Glorious by Design

More than 150 years ago, the concept of an urban wilderness dropped into the city was a radical one. Frederick Law Olmsted, the nation’s first professional landscape architect, embodied a vision to create aesthetically pleasing public parks. In Manhattan, he oversaw the transformation of a space larger than the principality of Monaco. Central Park’s 843 acres has winding paths, scenic views, picturesque bridges, water features, vast open meadows for frolicking, picnicking and relaxing...and seven bodies of water, all the better to double the impact of its spectacular fall foliage.

From Midtown to Harlem, East Side to West Side, take a walk targeting these Central Park places for bursts of fall colors. There are so many reasons to remember your camera.

The Pond

The Pond is surprisingly serene. Set below street level within Hallett Nature Sanctuary, sounds from the city streets all but disappear. In fall, the black cherry, sawtooth oak and grey birch trees lend shades of yellow punctuated by pops of orange and scarlet provided by the tupelo leaves.

Other than the resident turtles and birds, this secret urban sanctuary offers near solitude.

The Mall

The yellow story continues in a graceful, elegant promenade of rare, stately American elms provides shade to park benches under their impressive canopies. Like a carpet of leaves in autumn, The Mall marks the formal entrance to Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, adorned with sandstone carvings representing all four seasons at the heart of the park.

Strawberry Fields

At West 72nd Street the “Imagine” mosaic at Strawberry Fields is a poignant tribute to musician and peace activist John Lennon set in a designated quiet zone surrounded by more benches under American elms.

The Ramble and Lake

Adjacent and just to the north, a forested woodland walk introduces nature lovers to deeper shades that complement the color wheel. Pin oaks and red maples frame the view in russet, bronze, and red. Sweet gum trees contribute purple to the pallette. Admire the views around Bethesda Castle and from Bow Bridge at 74th Street, Central Park’s most-photographed spot.

The term “urban oasis” must have been coined with Central Park Lake in mind. The willow trees surrounding the shore turn vibrant shades of yellow and orange to brush the water. Venture out in a rented rowboat in a 150-year-old tradition. Or shore up the ranks of spectators while sipping a cocktail under a patio umbrella at The Outside Bar.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

Central Park Reservoir pays tribute in name to the former first lady who was a neighbor and a fan. The vast man-made lake reflects Kwanzan and Yoshino cherry trees showing bronze, red, and yellow in autumn with a backdrop of city skyline views from 86th Street. Birdwatchers can spot herons, egrets, coots, and loons.

The Pool

On the West Side along 100th Street to 103rd Street, vibrant sugar maples display a bright color range from gold to orange to red reflected in the peaceful water enjoyed by ducks. Showy red maples, bronze cypress, and yellow hickory add to the seasonal scenery.

Conservatory Garden

A bit farther north adjacent to the Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side at 105th Street, the Central Park gardeners outdo themselves. The Vanderbilt Gates lead to a formal display of multi-colored chrysanthemums and graceful statuary to complement the foliage: reddish-orange crabapple; orange, red, and purple Stewartia; yellow and bronze star magnolia.

When fall foliage is on display, what a fine and fitting tribute to the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted. Here at The Sherry-Netherland, we’re so fortunate to be among luxury hotels overlooking Central Park.

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