The Central Park Mall in New York is a place of beauty. Springtime, when trees burst into bloom, is a lovely season to walk along where locals and tourists alike stroll through the relaxing lanes under leafy canopies.
We stopped at the information kiosk for a map, and the friendly guide told us to be sure to go to the mall. As I had no intention of “shopping” in the park, I really didn’t pay attention to him. But it turns out the Central Park Mall is one wide avenue through the middle of park. And it’s lined with imposing sculptures.
The Central Park Mall, also known as the Promenade, is famed as the only straight-line path in the park. It’s one of the most photographed areas of the park. Elm trees, a kind of rarity, flourish here. And in spring, tulips celebrate in big bunches.
Take Time to Find Balto
My favorite sculpture is of Balto, one of the dog heroes who led sled dogs in Alaska in 1925 through harrowing conditions to deliver diphtheria medicine to isolated ill children. He stands proud on a side path to the main mall walk. The Disney movie “Togo” honors another of the diphtheria run dogs and includes the story of Balto’s role, too.
Find Famous Bethesda Fountain
Enjoy an Elegant Dinner
The Central Park Mall runs from 66th to 73rd Streets (inside the park). At the other end of the mall from the fountain is the Tavern on the Green restaurant, a fine place to enjoy a meal with views of the park.