Park Features

Filter

Park Feature Categories

Choose

Locations Categories

Choose

Lehman Gates

Statues, Monuments & Ornamental Features

Lehman Gates

East Side at 66th Street

The Lehman Gates provide a whimsical entrance to the Tisch Children's Zoo. Bronze animals, birds, and boys with panpipes play gleefully at the top of an ornamental Art Deco crest. The sculpture was designed by Paul Manship, known for the Prometheus statue at Rockefeller Center.

Levy Gate

Statues, Monuments & Ornamental Features

Levy Gate

East Side at 79th Street

The bronze Levy Gate stands outside Ruth and Arthur Smadbeck-Heckscher East Playground. The gate is decorated with monkeys and owls, and topped with an animal far more likely to be spotted in the Park: a squirrel with a bushy tail.

Loeb Boathouse

Recreation & Cultural Facilities

Loeb Boathouse

East Side at 74th Street

Loeb Boathouse is best known as the launch point for the rowboats dotting the Lake, but visitors can also ride an authentic Venetian gondola, or enjoy a meal with a view at the Lakeside Restaurant. More casual fare can be found at the cafeteria-style Boathouse Express Café.

Lombard Lamp

Statues, Monuments & Ornamental Features

Lombard Lamp

East Side at 60th Street

The Lombard Lamp is a replica of the ornate cast-iron and aluminum street lights lining the famous Lombard Bridge in Hamburg, Germany. Here at the southeast corner of Central Park, it stands at the top of a winding staircase leading up from the Pond to Grand Army Plaza.

Ludwig Von Beethoven

Statues, Monuments & Ornamental Features

Ludwig van Beethoven

Mid-Park at 70th Street

The bronze bust of the legendary pianist and composer Ludwig van Beethoven joined the statues on the Mall in 1884. Beethoven is shown here with his signature mane of hair and brooding intensity. At the base stands a mythical figure holding a lyre, representing “The Genius of Music.”

Maine Monument

Statues, Monuments & Ornamental Features

Maine Monument

West Side at 59th Street & Central Park West

Maine Monument honors the 260 American sailors of the USS Maine, which sank in Havana, Cuba in 1898. Atop the monument is a gilded bronze sculpture of Columbia Triumphant in a seashell chariot led by three hippocampi (half horse, half seahorse); it is said to be cast from the guns of the ill-fated ship.

Maoz

Dining

Maoz at the Harlem Meer Snack Bar

East Side at 106th Street

Maoz Vegetarian at the Harlem Meer Snack Bar offers fast, healthy food on the southeastern edge of the Harlem Meer. The stand serves up falafel with a focus on vegetarian food along with a delectable choice of breakfast foods, juices, and smoothies. Nearby benches serve as a handy spot for a meal.

Margaret Kempner Playground

Playgrounds

Margaret L. Kempner Playground

East Side at 96th Street

One of Central Park's largest and most popular playgrounds, Margaret L. Kempner Playground has ample open spaces for running and a variety of play equipment including multiple types of swings, water spray features, and climbers.

McGowans Pass

Landscapes & Points of Interest

McGowan’s Pass

East Side at 107th Street

While today McGowan's Pass is marked only with two rock outcrops, more than 100 years ago it served as a site of military defense during the both Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

Merchants Gate Plaza

Entrances

Merchants' Gate Plaza

West Side at 59th Street & Central Park West

Merchants' Gate Plaza is a public plaza at the Park's southwestern gate, its most popular entrance. The Columbus Circle Information Kiosk is located here, easily spotted thanks to its green awnings. Visitors are welcome to grab a seat before heading into the Park.

Mineral Springs

Landscapes & Points of Interest

Mineral Springs

Mid-Park at 69th Street

In the 1800s, New Yorkers flocked to Mineral Springs to “take the waters,” believing that the natural spring waters north of Sheep Meadow could cure all manner of ailments. Calvert Vaux designed a Venetian-Moorish concession building complete with marble panels, flooring, and silver taps. It was demolished in the 1950s.

Mother Goose

Statues, Monuments & Ornamental Features

Mother Goose

East Side at 71st Street

A whimsical creation of sculpted granite, Mother Goose rides through the air surrounded by her fellow nursery rhyme characters including Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, Little Jack Homer, Mother Hubbard, and Mary and Her Little Lamb. The sculpture sits at the entrance to Rumsey Playfield.