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Great Lawn

Central Park
Central Park West at 85th St., New York, NY 10024 40.782664 -73.973073
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Photo by Kate Appleton

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Daily, 6am-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

B, C at 86th St.; 4, 5, 6 at 86th St.


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As organic to Central Park as the sprawling grassy lawn seems, when the park was built this area was actually a reservoir, which was finally filled in during the early 1930s. Today, the green expanse attracts city denizens with a number of free cultural events, including past summer performances by the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. It's also the perfect place to play: Softball, volleyball and soccer are just a handful of the sports regularly practiced here. During the summer, the lawn can look like a beach with thousands of barely-clothed sunbathers stretched out on towels.