Whenever I watch a movie or a tv show set in New York, I would always see Central Park one way or another. I have this strange fascination in it because of Hollywood I must say. I always thought to myself, how cool would that be to have a huge park in the middle of a bustling city? Well, having been there myself, it’s not only cool but it felt to me like it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in New York.
As previously posted on my love-hate relationship with New York, Central Park for me is like the womb where every single living being in New York seek refuge to run away from the chaos and stress of the city. I was so happy to have seen it and of course it became my favorite place in the city.
We rented a bicycle to go around the park which won’t be very hard for you to do since the whole area is dotted with bicycle rental companies. We went with Bike and Roll located just beside Tavern on The Green. The rate was USD14 per bicycle per hour. You would require a credit card though to rent it but cash payment upon return of the bicycle is possible too. We had a few minutes to test the bike and I was impressed with myself that I still know how to do it after so many years. I think the last time I rode a bike was when I was 10 years old. Lol.
Once we’ve all gotten the hang of it, we all went on our way to ride our bicycles around Central Park. It was a perfect day for a bike ride, specially since we were off to a good start as the road was all downhill. It was such a relief to feel the fresh air as you breeze through in your bike which was totally different from what we were experiencing outside of the park. Finally, a (somehow) peaceful place.
The photos above were mostly taken just before we went for the bicycle ride since the path that you are to use if you’re riding a bicycle is different from the pedestrian path. It’s mostly just around the circumference of the park itself which isn’t so bad. We had a few stops though in some areas to take photos but of course, most of the time – I couldn’t take a photo for my own safety. 🙂
When we were halfway through, it was only then that I realized that Central Park is not all an easy breezy ride. There were some parts which were uphill and incredibly hard to do on a bicycle. I was tempted to get off my bicycle and walk it towards the top of the uphill road and just ride on it when the pavement is going down again but then I saw the husband’s mother who may be panting but she’s riding it all the way through. I had to put my game-face on and not be the 30 something woman who couldn’t even ride a bike around Central Park. I joined the mother-in-law, both of us were panting and paddling our way to the top. We’ve created a traffic of bicycle riders behind us as we took our own sweet time. It was hilarious.
We were exhausted and sweaty after the whole ride so we went straight to Tavern on The Green and bought ourselves a glass of beer. So much for an exercise. Lol. If I was to visit Central Park again, I would for sure rent a bicycle. It really is the best way to go around it. 🙂