What is the deal with this?

Lets be honest. We are the truest kind of BFFs. We met at Girls' Camp 1996 in St. Lou, survived high school and 2 years as roommates at BYU. Now, we find ourselves BOTH in NYC, which rocks, and as we contemplated how we should spend quality BFF time together - the answer seemed obvious. We must beebop the boroughs in matching purple hats every Saturday morning. Holla!

Monday, June 15, 2009

30: Central Park

Central Park ... September '08. I am a big fan of this walk because it was my typical route through the park.

We started at the Diana Ross Playground. Diana Ross, herself, lives in the building across the street. In 1983, the year of both bee-bopper's births, Ms. Ross gave a free concert in Central Park. The playground was built three years later.

Notice how I don't even look pregnant from behind?

Do not be fooled - I am massively pregnant at this point.

Here we are at the Delacort Theatre in Central Park. The Delacort rocks because it is home to Shakespeare in the Park, one of the most amazing free summer events in NYC. Repeat, AMAZING. If you ever have the chance to go, it is well worth a morning's wait in line.

True Fact - Central Park is the most visited park in the United States. It is truly beautiful and has many, many footpaths to frolick along.

We've always been fans of Belvedere Castle, which is both pretty and functional - it serves as Cental Park's weather station.
From Belvedere Castle, you get a nice view of the Upper East Side, The Great Lawn, and Turtle Pond.

One of the lovely things about Central Park is the lack of a skyline in certain areas. There is nothing better than to look out over the Great Lawn when it is empty - no people, no buildings, just GRASS. So rare in NYC.
It makes you want to do silly things, like cartwheels ...

which will make you feel sheepish.

Across from Turtle Pond sits the King Jageillo Monument, which depicts the triumph of one of the most famous kings in the histories of Poland and Lithuania. The monument was originally supposed to return to Poland after the World's Fair in 1939, but remained in the U.S. due to Germany's invasion of Poland. In 1945 it was permanently placed in Central Park.

Megan: "V for victory!"
Jill - "No, I won't pose like the statue. You can't make me."

ugh ... fine. Can we please move on?

Megan overlooking beautiful Turtle Pond, which was completed in 1997. Interesting tidbit: Turtle Pond was designed so that at no position can a viewer take in all its perimeter.

Hans Christian Andersen reads "The Ugly Duckling" to me, and I gaze at him adoringly. There is hope for us all.

Megan chills with children and tourists at the Alice in Wonderland statue.

Did you know that Megan is the rat queen?


scrappysue said...

you guys are totally on a roll! i did that mountain biking guided tour through CP when i was there in october - sooooooooooooo cool, and so crowded as it was a busy saturday! i even saw a bride, which is probably not a rare thing. i DIDN'T see the AinW statue tho, so thanks!

Amy said...

I'm so glad you're posting again. I found your blog last year and hadn't seen anything for a while. I am a stay at home mom with 6 kids and I live on Long Island. This is all very new to me, being from Arizona. I am loving it, but don't get out that often. Thanks for the fun trips I can view from my computer--you guys are hilarious! The first year we were here (2008) I did the Revlon 5k in Central Park. I was also impressed by the lack of skyline right in the middle of the city!! Wanted to run it again this year, but was sick!! Keep on sharing! Have a great day!

James and Melissa said...

I'm glad you're back! We've missed the posts and are glad to be enjoying NYC vicariously through you again! Jordan (James' brother) is moving to Manhattan next week and is hoping to find a place on the Upper West Side eventually. Any suggestions? We're moving to North Carolina in July and will be heading through St. Louis. I'll be thinking of both of you!

Shannon said...

Wahoo! New posts! I stopped checking for a while and thought I was just see if there was mayb anything on here today and whala! Love seeing your adventures-I am so jealous of all the fun!

Have you seen my dancing shoes? said...

Such a fun blog. Nice to see it again! Thank-you.

King of New York Hacks said...

GREAT BLOG !!! When you go into labor hail me down because trust the King , I'm a LOT quicker than an ambulance !! Great pics !

Liz said...

Girls...I just had to stop by and leave a comment to say a big "Thank-you" for your blogging over the last couple of years.

I read this whole blog & it partly inspired a trip to NYC last month. In preparation for my holiday I read back through some of your posts & made notes in my guidebook - have to say your tips really made my visit!!

I know Jill's now on the other side of the country & I hope Megan's copying without her bff. I miss your hilarious walking tales!

Thanks guys. x