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Northern Park of Central Park

Many surprises await us just south of 110th St. The second largest lake in the park — the beautiful Harlem Meer — anchors a landscape unknown to many New Yorkers.

It’s a place of open green lawns inviting strollers in from the sidewalk to enjoy the lake and paths, and the sharp outcroppings on the far side across the water. Here folks enjoy quiet fishing, hiking up the steep trails, watching turtles and birds, and learning in the Discovery Center.

Immediately south of the Meer is a world unto itself — the strikingly beautiful 1930s Conservatory Garden, a treasured enclave we will enter and explore. The tour also covers such historic sites as Nutter’s Batter, Fort Clinton and the original Polo Grounds baseball stadium.

Highlights of the tour include:
  • The Harlem Meer
  • The Conservatory Gardens – Italian, French, AND English style gardens
  • The Vanderbilt Gates
  • The historic sites of Nutter's Batter and Fort Clinton
  • The site of the original Polo Grounds Baseball Stadium

Pre-registration for all tours is required at least 24 hrs in advance. Attendees will be emailed details of the tour — with specific meeting location and additional directions 24 hrs in advance of the tour. All tours happen rain or shine.


Joyce Gold

Joyce Gold is a teacher of Manhattan history at The New School and NYU and the author of two NYC walking guides.