Around Town

Central Park North

Conservatory Garden

Now that the weather is warming up, I’ll be embarking on other activities besides eating. On a recent warm weekend, I headed up to Central Park and rambled through the northern sections.

Conservatory Garden

Ducks in Harlem Meer

From my favorite part of the park, the Conservatory Garden, I wended my way through the paths around Harlem Meer and headed west. Usually, I exit the park around Lenon Avenue but I decided to continue on and exit at the northwest corner of the park, which I hadn’t been to before.

Blockhouse #1

As I walked along the northern edge of the park, I noticed an unusual stone building at the top of a cliff. After dodging bikers and joggers, I climbed up and checked out the Blockhouse #1, which is the oldest structure in the park. It’s a small, squat, roofless fort with steps leading to a locked metal gate. Looking through the bars, the view reveals nothing much except for a grassy floor with a flagpole set in the center. From the pole hung both the American flag and the POW-MIA flag. I’m really glad I took the long way out of the park for once, otherwise I’d never have discovered something new (to me).

Not that there isn’t more; there’s plenty of attractions in the park I’ve yet to see in person.