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Fast Facts About Central Park
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
· There are 28,000 trees growing in Central Park, including 1,700 American elms, which helps explain why bird-watching is my second-favorite pastime after fishing. In fact, out of the 800 types found in North America, 275 species call The Park home. You can try spotting your favorite from one of the 8,968 available benches or, as a majority of them can be seen flitting hither and yon from the waters of Rowboat Lake, rent a rowboat. A gondola provides the perfect setting from which to find your favorites. Once done with your angling or cruise, you can get a waterside table and dine at the Boathouse Restaurant.
· Visit the Reflecting Pond on the Fifth Avenue side between East 79th and East 72nd Streets to see model sailboat enthusiasts competing with all the fervor of America’s Cup contestants. These boatbuilders work all winter getting their craft ready for the spring, summer, and early fall racing season. Besides sailboats, you can watch pirate ships battle it out or follow a fleet of tugboats. There’s even a model submarine that can dive and surface.
· Since 1908 more than 200 feature films have used Central Park’s lakes as a backdrop, making this the most-filmed park in the world. Who can forget Woody Allen trying to put the move on Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, while putting his hand in the waters of Rowboat Lake and coming up with a fistful of green slime? Or Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and John Frankenheimer’s Cold War thriller The Manchurian Candidate, starring Frank Sinatra. —K.K.
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This article originally appeared in the February 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.