April 3, 2011

The Central Park and Around

One of the most interesting destinations in New York is, of course, the Central Park. It's a place that's known for its unique charisma. If you've never seen a kids' movie called A Simple Wish, you should borrow it to see where my magical impression of the Central Park came from.

In the beginning, we walked around the Central Park in search of the Frick Collection. That museum is not as well-known as the MOMA or the Metropolitan. However, if you want to see three Vermeers (!!!) and many other famous paintings, that's where you should go.

Along the way, we passed by the historic Plaza hotel, which now has private residences. Here are some of the colourful characters we saw as we walked.

What tourist spot is without artists who draw caricatures and portraits? Also, what place is without a flock of young girls, who take photos of each other next to each monument and tree?

The weather was unpredictable the whole day, mostly with grey clouds. At the very end, though, the sun came out and illuminated everything.

All the buildings in this post are located around the Central Park.

One of my friends, who has lived in New York for 30 years, says that something's always going on there. Behind this cab, with the cameras strapped to it, were several police cars.

Here is the Frick Collection. Inside this building, we were not allowed to take photos (even though the flash). We were very carefully supervised at all times. The collection made a huge impression on me.

Then we went into the Central Park, where we were greeted by enormous bubbles.

The weather was getting better and better at the end of the day. The shadows from the branches on the ground were fantastic.

This couple was embracing not just for a moment, but for the entire time we could see them.

The second photo is of my and my husband's shadows, although, in real life, we are quite normally-legged people.

We got to the place in the park that is dedicated to John Lennon.

This is the "imagine" sign, which is decorated with fresh roses.

We passed by the house by which Lennon had been killed.

After that, we went in the direction of the nighttime Broadway. New Yorkers are so lucky to be able to visit such a park.


  1. Olga, you are an artist !
    Have a good day !

  2. Looks like you had a great trip!

  3. you're a wonderful photographer. i live in new york and i know every single locale in these pictures, even that knot in the tree, yet somehow you make these places look just magical. thank you for a new view of the place where i live. in your lens, through your eye, it is extra beautiful.

  4. Thanks for the tour. I have always wanted to see all of this. The bubble shots are wonderful!

  5. Olga, a beautiful story, I read the headlines.I got the photos thanks to New York., great footage.There are many beautiful corners.Thank you. greetings from Peter.

  6. Tes photos sont très intéressantes, Olga. Ce Central Park est regardé avec des yeux étrangers, ce qui donne un autre aspect inconnu. Et j'apprécie aussi que tu aies photographié les artistes et tout ce qui constitue les mouvements.
    Merci pour cet intéressant reportage, et bonne journée, Olga!

  7. bonjour Olga...
    une visite passionnante, des images superbes,j'ai beaucoup apprécié les photos bulles si légères et colorées, le tronc d'arbre incroyable,et la richesse de ton regard photographique...merci pour ce moment ..je ne connais pas ce mythique endroit et j'ai pris un grand plaisir a découvrir tes photos ici...merci Olga ..je te souhaite une merveilleuse et douce semaine..
    a bientot..:o)

  8. Bonjour Olga,
    tu nous fait toujours passer de bons moments grâce à ton œil d'artiste, qui rend ta visite remarquable avec moult détails... Encore merci.
    Ici à Lyon, nous avons le frère de central park puisque le parc de la tête d'or a était créé en même temps par les mêmes concepteurs. Œuvre des frères Denis et Eugène Bühler en 1857 chez nous, et par l'écrivain Frédérick Law Olmsted et de l'architecte britannique Calvert Vaux il fût ouvert en 1864 sur New York. ... Amitiés

  9. Wonderful photos of Central Park and beyond. I much enjoyed revisiting my old hometown.

  10. Wonderful pictures Olga, hope you had a lovely trip! ;¬)


  11. Looks a great day out, but very chilly (everyone still in coats).

  12. Liebe Olga,
    vielen Dank für die WUNDERSCHÖNE Fotos!!!
    Es war so schön,als ob ich einen Spaziergang durch diese Stadt gemacht habe.
    ganz liebe Grüße

  13. Olga, you are an artist !
    what a fabulous post!

  14. oooh what fab photos I am transported!! I once lived for several years in NY and always sent visitors to the Frick collection....took me about 5 years to make it there myself!!

  15. Merci pour la visite de la ville , je ne suis jamais allée à New York alors c'est intéressant de voyager par le blog.
    Bonne journée.

  16. What amazing pictures!! Thank you for commenting on my blog!! I'm glad you enjoy it!

  17. Hi Wong,
    Thank you, my friend. It's a big compliment from you :)

    Hi Liz,
    It was a great trip. I have been planning it for ten years :)

    Hi Angella,
    It's the most treasured compliment one could get from a person who lives in New York :) My husband and I could feel an unusual atmosphere, and I consider myself very lucky. Thank you once again!

    Hi Randy,
    I enjoyed such a variety of subjects and opportunities for photoshoots. Thank you very much.

    Hi Peter,
    New York is a place where you find something to take pictures of even when you thought you weren't in the mood for pictures.

  18. Bellissimo reportage, mi piace il particolare del tronco e l'uomo che fà le bolle giganti, ma anche i monumenti...tutto insomma! Ciao e buona giornata Cri : )

  19. Hi Richard,
    Depuis le début de mon intérêt pour la photographie, j'ai choisi le style de la photographie où je montre ce qui se passe en ce moment. En d'autres blogs, j'aime l'appréciation d'autres photographes unique de la réalité. Merci pour votre compliment.

    Hi clo,
    Quand vous êtes dans ce parc, il est impossible de ne pas ressentir ce qu'est un endroit spécial, il est. Je suis content que vous avez apprécié les moments que j'ai capturé. J'apprécie votre commentaire.

    Hi Jean-Philippe,
    Un de mes rêves est d'explorer les moins "touristique" des lieux en France. J'espère que ça arrive un jour. Et je vous remercie pour votre compliment.

    Hi Laura,
    Do you live there, or have you lived there in the past? I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Hi mapstew,
    The trip was lovely, and there were many adventures (which made it all the more precious).

  20. I LOVE Central Park! Fantastic photos - you've made me want to go back.

  21. Hi Sarah,
    When we were on the way there, we were in the middle of a snow storm. So, yes, it was quite chilly.

    Hi Megi,
    Ich bin froh, dass Sie diese Reise mit mir nahm:) Vielen Dank für Ihre Komplimente.

    Hi lila Check,
    I appreciate your visits and compliments :)It gives me an artistic boost.

    Hi Young At Heart,
    When I lived in Moscow, I would drag everyone to museums and galleries. Now they send me e-mails saying that they go out to museums much more rarely :)

    Hi Françoise,
    New York est certainement la ville dont vous avez besoin pour visiter de temps en temps. Je pense que tout le monde le découvre pour eux-mêmes. Merci pour votre visite!

    Hi Nikki Kendall,
    Likewise; I'm glad you enjoyed my photos!

    Hi Cristina,
    Sono contento che ti sia piaciuto il mio foto da New York. Mi è piaciuto molto le tue foto di Verona. Sembra che ci sia una quantità infinita di cose interessanti intorno a voi.

  22. Hi Talli,
    I'm so glad that my trip to New York was so fruitful, and that I have so much to share. Central Park is really a place that you'd want to visit again and again :)

  23. Hey Olga!
    Bubbles?? Fun!! :) Best of weeks to you!! XXX

  24. I am so thankful that you brought your camera with you on this trip!

  25. Oh Olga thanks so much for sharing your walk around Central Park, almost as good as being there in reality with such great photos. I just love the bubble maker!

  26. Nothing like a stroll through Central Park. I love the photographs Olga. They're all great, but there's something about that tree knot-it really grabbed my attention.

  27. What a wonderful photo essay, which speaks volumes, of this proverbial park. No wonder the apartments and condominiums surrounding this park cost a fortune!

  28. Your pictures are wonderful- you really have an artist’s eye. I think New York is one of the premiere cities of the world, just like Paris and London. I can never get tired of going into the city – it is always delightful. We went to Central Park also last October – I have not done all my posts on it yet – so many pictures, not enough time. It is a joy to look at your pictures though.

  29. What a great day, any day one can see Vermeer's work is a great day. I have always wanted to see the ones in the Frick. And to pay a visit to the John Lennon memorials would be something I would do too. I feel like I have walked around with you by looking at these photos :)

  30. Wonderful series, my favorites are the views from the park and the bubbles.

  31. Wow, these pics from NYC are so good. And I love the Frick. Glad you had a great time in this great city. You've got a great eye. I'm really glad you saw some of my jungle pics.

    I'm glad we're connected.

  32. Thank you for visiting my blog!
    This is a lovely collection of photographs from New York, so much to see and admire, the views of Central Park are especially lovely. It was nice to travel around with you on your adventure, thank you for sharing your impressions of this city, places I shall most likely never be able to visit.

    xoxoxo ♡

  33. Dear Olga
    I really like your photos from NYC! Nice to read from your trip. Thank you!
    Thank you also for visiting my blog.
    Have a nice day and all the best from Switzerland. Yvonne

  34. Bonjour et pour ma seconde visite, i wish to come again soon !

  35. Thank you for showing this pictures and telling the story, this park is famous all around the world from movies and books, good to know how it looks in reallity

  36. Buen blog,
    Yo nunca he estado en central park, pero a traves de tus fotos éste luce como un lugar precioso.
    Me ha gustado mucho leer tu visita y la de la exposicion de arte, muchas cosas interesantes.
    Preciosas fotos!

  37. Hi Lena,
    Bubbles are always fun! Looking forward to a warmer time, in order to do a project with bubbles ;)

    Hi Lydia,
    Thank you. On average, I pressed the button on my camera once per minute :)

    Hi Lindy,
    Thank you. The bubble maker is the star of the show.

    Hi Sergio,
    I appreciate your compliment :)

    Hi Tim,
    The size of the knot on the tree was quite impressive. It was impossible to pass it by.

  38. Hi Paul,
    When we arrived to New York and turned the TV on in the hotel, we heard that one Russian composer bought the most expensive suite in the Plaza.

    Hi Vagabonde,
    It must have been such an enchanting walk in the Central Park in October. We were discussing visiting New York in the fall.

    Hi Dolly,
    Before visiting the Frick Collection, I didn't know it was such a treasure chest. It was really very impressive.

    Hi Leovi,
    I can see why you would like bubbles. They can easily become objects of abstract art :)

    Hi Rick,
    I also took a trip to the jungle...the urban jungle. I found it very entertaining.

  39. Hi Dianne,
    Thank you for popping to my blog. I appreciate your comment. I also love to travel virtually through people's blogs.

    Hi Yvonne,
    I'm glad you liked my approach to showing these photos. Thank you for visiting.

    Hi versus,
    Feel free to visit whenever you like :)

    Hi Ola,
    Thank you for coming. I really enjoy observing your travels.

    Hi Áurea ,
    Muchas gracias por visitar mi blog y por dejar como un comentario alentador. Es muy apreciada. Gracias por ser mi discípulo también.

  40. Such an exciting adventure. Your photographs are wonderful and show so many aspects of what seems like a beautiful, fantastical and crazy place. I am hoping to visit one day - perhaps with my sisters ... I hope ... I hope!

  41. These pictures are amazing, all of them! Central Park seems such a wonderful place :)

  42. Thank you for the wonderful tour. I've never been to NYC, seeing the photos of Central Park was great. It made me feel like I know it a little bit.

  43. Olga I am not sure where to start, have been trying to catch up with the posts I have missed. Amazing photos and thanks for the visit to New York. That is probably the closest I will get to visiting it so it was appreciated. It is good to be back. Diane

  44. it's such an amazing city, there's never really enough time to see everything it has to offer. I wish I could visit again soon!

  45. Thank you for visiting my blog.
    What interesting places they are!! I enjoyed the tour with you very much. i hope to visit the Central Park someday!

    I had been absent from my blog for a while. But I think it is time to return to normal life gradually.

    I'll come to your blog agin.

  46. Hi aguja,
    Your perception of my photos always makes me happy. The place was exactly as you described it - fantastical and crazy. My wish for you is to visit this city with your sisters. My wish for me is to read your report afterwards :)

    Hi M@risa,
    New York and the Central Park and I can't wait to see your photos when you visit.

    Hi lilylovekin,
    Thank you. Can you imagine how beautiful it would be in the fall?

    Hi Diane,
    I'm glad everything's fine with you, and you have reached France. Every trip can become an adventure :)

    Hi hila,
    I was charmed by New York. I think I'll be exploring it more often :)

    Hi snowwhite,
    I'm glad you're blogging again. Feel free to visit here whenever you like. I'm working on a few new posts right now.

  47. Your photographs are beautiful. I wish you were going to Austin with me to the Yard Art Festival. That is what I need, a real talented photographer.

    You really captured Central Park in beautiful small highlights of texture. Just wonderful.

  48. Wow! New York is beautiful.
    You are an awesome tourist! You captured it all!
    Have a wonderful night.


  49. Hi lifeshighway ,
    My pleasure! Thank you!
    I wish I can go with you :( Fingers crossed we will be able do this inthe future :)

    Hi tywo,
    Thank you. I was lucky to visit so many amazingly beautiful places.

    Hi Jazzy E (hivennn),
    Thanks very much for popping over to my blog:)

  50. Olga:

    Central Park is a wonderful place to explore further uptown area of the park are wonderful gardens and sculptures that even NYer's don't know about.
    I was wondering if you were going to show the Dakota House (apartment building where Lennon had lived) and you did, nice.


  51. Hi Joanny,
    I didn't have the opportunity to explore all of Central Park. I think it would be a great adventure that would take the whole day! I have a few photos of the Dakota House, but it makes me sad to think about it. At the last moment, I changed my mind about showing them.

  52. Fantasticas fotos,me hacen recordar mis viajes a New York,enhorabuena desde Madrid.

  53. Olga

    Yes so true sad and senseless, view the photo's of the Dakota as much a part of the city scape as the Eiffel Tower icon is to Paris as is the Empire State building to New York.

    enjoyed all the photo's you did chose to post a wonderful trip.


  54. Hi kune,
    Gracias por visitar mi blog y para vivir un comentario. Lo aprecio mucho.

    Hi joanny ,
    You are absolutely right. The Dakota is the icon of New York. Thank you for your lovely words. I appreciate your visits very much.

  55. Hello Olga,
    this series of photos of New York is fantastic.
    I love photography and am learning with you. You and master!

  56. Hi Antonio Machado,
    Thank you very much for your lovely words. I am not sure that I deserve them:)The truth is I read lots of books about photography and then I try to take the "right"shot.

  57. I adore all of the post but particularly the photos of the giant bubbles which are amazing.

  58. Hi Froggy,
    Bubbles are always fascinating. They remind me of the happiest days in my childhood.