Grand Army Plaza The Grand Army Plaza is perhaps best know as the place to begin a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Park. It is also the place to find art installations by both known artists, such as Paul McCarthy and Liz Larner, and newer, up-and-coming artists. Right in front of our hotel!
Bethesda Terrace ~ Offering breathtaking views of both the Central Park Lake and woods, the Bethesda Terrace was one of the very first structures to have been built in Central Park; its construction began in 1859, and was completed in 1863. The structure consists of an upper and a lower terrace, connected by two grand staircases and a smaller one leading directly to the Mall. Constructed primarily of New Brunswick sandstone, paved with Roman brick, and boasting granite steps and landings.
The Spring Dairy ~ Now serving as both an information center and gift shop, the Dairy was constructed in 1870 in the Victorian Gothic style, at the southern end on the park, originally the children's section, to provide difficult to find milk and snacks for children in the cool and relaxing atmosphere near the Pond. The building's beams and ceilings are more reminiscent of those found in a barn, painted in festive yellow and orange colors.