New York City - Winter - Central Park’s Most Beautiful Views
One of the best places in New York City to revel in winter’s finest landscapes is, without a doubt, Central Park. A few winters ago, New York City was buried in mounds of snow multiple times during the winter season. During one of the blizzards that hit the city, I bundled up and climbed through Central Park with my camera in tow to try capture the magic.
At a recent presentation I gave at Apple (in Grand Central here in New York City), someone asked me why I chose to edit my Central Park snow photos in the style I chose to edit them. Without hesitating I explained that I had grown up in Queens and that I always day-dreamed of winter wonderlands when I was younger but I never quite found the winter wonderlands of my daydreams in Queens. Central Park’s landscapes embody the wistful hot-cocoa-in-hand-wrapped-in-a-comfy-blanket winter dreams I lost myself in all those years.
There is something undeniably magical that occurs as the snow falls, swirling and twirling in the air until it hits the ground heavy with the weight of a thousand promises: exultations and dreams held close to the earth in the stillness between wintry pauses like a snowglobe resting between giddy shakes of joy.
Gallery Key (corresponds to the order of photos in the photo-set):
1. There is nothing more magical than Bow Bridge in the winter during a snowstorm. View this photo in my portfolio here: New York Winter - Central Park Snow
2. The Romeo and Juliet statue sits outside of the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. The Delacorte Theatre is surrounded by Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden and is the central hub for Shakespeare in the Park. View this photo in my portfolio here: Central Park Winter - Romeo and Juliet in the Snow - New York City
3. Castles and snow. Nothing else really needs to be said. This is Belvedere Castle in Central Park. You can actually climb the towers and I was able to climb them during the same blizzard that this photograph was taken in (but I will save those photos for another set!). View this photo in my portfolio here: Central Park Winter - Poet’s Walk - New York City
4.When snow falls in large quantities, the Lake in Central Park gets covered over with snow which lends itself to some of the most fairy-tale-esque views of the castle-like buildings that line Central Park West. This is a view of the towers of the San Remo apartment building. View this photo in my portfolio here: Winter - Central Park- Through Winter Trees - New York City
5. The muffled sound of your own steps while walking through the snow creates such a profound happiness especially when you consider that you are in the middle of Manhattan surrounded by endless winter landscapes. View this photo in my portfolio here: Central Park Winter - Snow in the Afternoon - New York City
6. It’s rare to find Bow Bridge devoid of people in the middle of the day. This may have been the only time I have been the only person standing on the bridge. The buildings in the distance line Central Park West. View this photo in my portfolio here: Central Park Winter - Snow on Bow Bridge - New York City
7. The labyrinth-like path leading from Shakespeare’s Garden lined by a wooden fence twists and turns in the snow winding its way under trees whose branches reach out to each other like eager arms awaiting the warmth of an embrace. View this photo in my portfolio here: Central Park Winter Path
8. This is a view of Bow Bridge from another angle. The Lake is frozen over and covered in a few feet of snow in the foreground. View this photo in my portfolio here: Serenity Memory - Bow Bridge in the Snow - Central Park
View these photos (and more) of snow in New York City larger and in a set here (click on each photo in the set to enlarge):
Interested in viewing these directly in my online portfolio? Here they are along with other New York City winter photos: