Central Park is at the heart of Manhattan. It's a more then 3,4 square kilometres public park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The park first opened in 1857, but was not completed until 1873. Today the park is visited by approximately 25 million people annualy. The park has several ponds, bridges and walking tracks. The ponds look natural, but most of the park is artificially created. One can also find a zoo, ice-skating rinks, a wildlife sanctuary and natural woods. Around the park is several sculptures and other pieces of art, including Cleopatra's Needle. The park is open to different activities like sports, rowboating, open air theater, conserts and more. At the same time it has designated quiet areas. It used to have a bad reputation for crime, but this problem has been more or less solved.
Grand Central Terminal
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Close to Central Park on Manhattan, is one of the world's largest and most important art collections. It contains several thousands of years of human art history. In the permanent collection there are more then two million works from all over the world. The museum was founded by a group of citizens in 1870, with the goal of bringing art and education to the American people. The kind of art collected spans from paintings and other decorative arts to arms and armor, and from arts with Osceanic origin to arts of Islamic origin, coverng most time periodes. Today the museum has more then 190.000 square metres of floor space, 20 times more then when it was opened.
Statue of Liberty