The first cast-iron bridge in the Park (and the second oldest in America), the bridge is named for its graceful shape, reminiscent of the bow of an archer or violinist. This handsomely designed cast-iron bridge spans the Lake, linking Cherry Hill with the woodland of the Ramble When the Park was first planned, the commissioners requested a suspension bridge. The designers compromised with this refined, low-lying bridge.
Today, Bow Bridge is one of New York's most romantic settings and a muse for photographers. Rising from the bridge are eight cast-iron urns, installed by Central Park Conservancy in 2008 as replicas of the originals that had disappeared by the early 1920s. A skilled team of Conservancy craftsmen used historic images and took cues from an urn thought to be an exact model of those that originally adorned the Bridge.
UPDATE ON BOW BRIDGE: In the course of rebuilding the path from Cherry Hill to Bow Bridge, Central Park Conservancy determined that structural work was needed on the south side of the bridge. We are currently preparing to address this condition as part of a more comprehensive plan for structural repairs to the cast iron span. The steel plates on the south side of the bridge are a temporary measure in order to maintain access to the internal structure until an ongoing engineering study of it is completed and the details of the repairs are finalized.
Mid-Park at 74th Street west of Bethesda Terrace, connecting Cherry Hill and The Ramble.