Meet at the statue of General Sherman on 5th Avenue between 59 St. & 60 St.
N & R or W to 5 Ave or #4 #5 #6 to E. 59 St./Lexington Ave.or E & F to 5 Ave.(53 St.)
The walking tour is given by Alfred Pommer a college graduate, an author, an informative native New Yorker and a Licensed New York City Guide, who has spent over
25 years researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
And has written four Manhattan guide books published by The History Press and Arcadia Publishing.
"Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square" "Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill" "Exploring New York's SoHo" "Exploring the Original West Village" This is a link to Alfred Pommer's author page at amazon.com
The 2½ Hour Walking Tour Of Central Park's Past and Present Features:
A walk from Grand Army Plaza / Sherman Memorial through Central Park ending at W. 72 St. & Central Park West / The Dakota:
The Pond, large outcrops of Manhattan bedrock (schist) and ‘Thomas Moore’
The Zoo (unintentional), The Arsenal Bldg. and the ‘Delacorte Clock’
‘Balto’, New York's only statue commemorating a dog
‘Shakespeare’ paid for by Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth and Junius Booth Jr. and commemorates the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth
‘The Indian Hunter’ the first statue in Central Park by an American sculptor
Literary Walk with "Robert Burns" "Walter Scott" "Fritz-Green Halleck" and the Central Park Bandstand
Bethesda Terrace with "The Angel of Waters", the 1st major public sculpture by a woman
The Lake the largest body of water in Central Park and the Boathouse.
‘Still Hunt’ depicts a mountain lion coiled and looking intently at his next victim
‘King Jagiello’ and Turtle Pond
‘Cleopatra’s Needle’(from 16 BC) and the Great Lawn (the reservoir and Hooversville)
Delacorte Theater plus Shakespeare's Garden and the Whispering Bench (Charles Stover)
Belvedere Castle atop Vista Rock
A stroll through the Ramble, through the Key Stone Arch and over the Gill Bridge & Bow Bridge to Cherry Hill Fountain
We pass the “Falconeer” and "Daniel Webster”
And enter Strawberry Fields leading us to the Dakota.
The 3½ to 4 Hour Version Includes:
The Riftstone Ach from 1862
The"Seventh Regiment Memorial" honors the 7th Regiment in the Civil War
‘Guiseppe Mazzine’ commemorates the Italian writer and fierce advocate for the unification of Italy
We will pass by the Sheep Meadow and I’ll show you the building that once was Central Park ’s sheepfold and home for a Sheppard, his family and a flock of 500 Landsdown sheep
Columbus Circle and the "Maine Memorial"
Greyshot Arch from 1860 and Pineback Arch from 1861
Heckscher Playground, Central Park's largest playground
The Carousel, there has been a carousel in operation at this location since 1871
The Chess and Checkers House, site of the Children's Shelter sitting on top of a outcrop of Manhattan bedrock with striation made by a receding glacier over 20,000 years ago
Wollman Rink originally built 1950 reducing The Pond from 5 acres to 3 acres, it was rebuilt 1996
The Dairy (Gift Shop and Information Center).
The Gapstow Bridge (Arch) from 1896. Each stop is fully discussed.
The Walking Tour Includes Interesting Facts About :
Seneca Village and see where it was
The true story about the man who claimed to be the real designer of Central Park
The creation of Central Park and what was on the site before the park
Why and how the original zoo in Central Park was created - as a after thought
Why New York’s most corrupt mayor saved Central Park