Margaret took me and her two youngest to New York City this month. She bought a tour package, which took us on a cruise down the Hudson River and to a showing of Les Misérables on Broadway. Such outstanding experiences! But what I think I enjoyed a little more was Central Park, just two blocks away from our hotel.

Ahem. Why has nobody ever told me there are so many wonderful bridges there?!?!!!?!?

Our first visit was on the cold, gray day we arrived. This is Driprock Arch, built 1862 and moved to this location during the 1930s from elsewhere in the park. I wonder how you move a bridge made of bricks and concrete? Brick by brick?

In Central Park

This is Playmates Bridge and was built in 1861. I love how the red-cream stripes continue within the arch!

In Central Park

We returned for a longer stroll a couple days later, by which time the weather had greatly improved. This is the Bow Bridge, a cast-iron pedestrian bridge built 1859-62.

Central Park overlook

This is Bankrock Bridge, built 1860. A wooden bridge with I believe a cast-iron railing, it was restored in 2009. Check out all the people leaning against the railing and facing in. They’re all having their portraits taken — behind them is a stunning view of a lake and some of the city skyline. Margaret and I had someone take our portrait here, as well (with her camera, and I haven’t seen it yet!).

Central Park overlook

Here’s the view from the deck, without us.

Central Park overlook

I believe this is the Winterdale bridge, built 1860-61.

Central Park bridge

And this is the Reservoir Bridge Southwest, built 1864 of cast iron.

Central Park bridge

We didn’t see all of the bridges in the park, and in researching to write this post I think we missed a couple of the most beautiful bridges! That just gives us something to look forward to on a return trip someday.

Canon PowerShot S95, shot RAW, processed in Photoshop.

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12 responses to “The bridges of Central Park”

  1. Sam Avatar

    Awesome Jim! I shot a couple of engagements under these bridges. Good to see you in NYC and enjoying it! :-)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      We were total tourists, but we had a great time!

  2. Carole Grey Avatar
    Carole Grey

    Awesome is the right word! The different styles are incredible as well as beautiful!!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      And we didn’t get to see them all! In researching this post, I found an open-spandrel cast-iron arch bridge! Would have loved to see it.

  3. socialbridge Avatar

    An adorable post for a bridge lover like me. Thanks.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It was a couple super great walks for a bridge lover like me!

  4. Mike Avatar

    Neat series. I haven’t seen such a good treatment of this subject before. You should consider a book on it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Mike! I’d love to shoot all the bridges in the park. Perhaps on a return trip one day.

  5. DougD Avatar

    Nice, there’s your “take a photo without getting run over” technique again. When I visited NYC I didn’t really get close to the bridges because of the traffic.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      These were bridges I could access from the pedestrian paths, so traffic really wasn’t an issue. I guess there are some bridges not accessible except on car roads; those would be more challenging.

  6. Susie Avatar

    It’s cool to see a bunch of the bridges in one place, I’d never noticed how great and varied they are! Definitely need to go back to NYC just to visit Central Park again!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I think you could spend a couple days just in Central Park alone! I’d only ever seen it in movies on TV, and the screen didn’t do the place justice.

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