The Story Behind Central Park: Manhattan’s Backyard – Wilderness By Design

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Kitt Garrett’s New York Sites & Insights was created to provide you with an insider’s story behind a site, so you are up-close and personal, discovering its secrets.  Using over 100 historical and current images we’ll explore the site together virtually, so when you visit, you’ll know how much time to spend there and capture your own memories in the City That Never Sleeps!

  • 101 Minutes
  • On-Demand Virtual Tour
  • New York, New York

“I love Central Park. I feel like I am somewhere else.”

— Elisabeth Hasselbeck —

Central Park is larger than most people realize, covering 843 acres of man-made landscape. It’s truly hand-crafted art combing rolling hills, lush lawns, winding footpaths, ornamental trees, seven bodies of water including places to play, picnic and relax. It’s the fifth most interesting bird watching location in America! The history of New York’s backyard is fascinating with politics, financing and conservancy all working together to create an escape from the congestion of the City. Discover the secrets of Central Park as we tour the site together starting at the southern border along Central Park South and exploring each site until we reach the northern edge along 110th Street. Hear the fascinating stories at each stop along the way. Some sites were in the original design and others have been added later. Some sites have disappeared and been replaced. This fascinating visual journey looks at the park as it developed over the past 150 years. You’ll know what was there, why was it removed and when. You’ll see the major concert and movie sites, and locations of the special events that have taken place. Some will be new to you and others will be a walk down memory lane. At the end of this journey you will be able to plan your visit to Central Park and spend time seeing the sites in person.

This 101-minute presentation uses over 100 images taking you on an in-depth visual journey through the history of Central Park, who created it and why. Then, we’ll explore the park virtually from the southern to northern edges stopping along the way to see the most important and famous sites. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a local New Yorker, gain an insider’s perspective on makes New York so special.

Download Kitt’s pdf with photo stops for your self-guided tour when you visit on your own.

Upload your photos into Tripcast.

Download the photos into a book to keep your memories!

Add a visit with one of our partners or visit on your own. It’s a great way to be in a location and enjoy it.

Type of Tour

On-demand video with pdf self-guided tour.

Highlights

  • Learn what was destroyed to create Central Park
  • Discover how the park was designed and by whom
  • Hear how the park has changed over the years to accommodate public needs
  • Learn the secrets of Central Park as we tour it from south to north

Sites Visited

  • Grand Army
  • Pond, Hallett Nature Sanctuary
  • Gapstow Bridge
  • Central Park Zoo, Delacorte Clock
  • The chess and checkers house
  • The Dairy
  • Literary Walk
  • The Mall and literary walk
  • The Bandshell
  • Bethesda Terrace
  • The lake and Boathouse
  • The Conservatory Water
  • Alice in Wonderland statue
  • The Ramble
  • Bow Bridge
  • Cherry Hill
  • Strawberry Fields and the Imagine mosaic

Price Includes

  • Private virtual tour for 101 minutes via Zoom
  • PDF of photo stops for you to upload into the free Tripcast app to create your own memory book

Price Excludes

  • Cost of the memory book is paid directly to Tripcast if you wish to purchase one

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  1. This 101-minute on-demand virtual presentation uses over 100 images taking you on an in-depth visual journey through the history of Central Park, who created it and why.  Then, we’ll explore the park virtually from the southern to northern edges stopping along the way to see the most important and famous sites.  Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a local New Yorker, gain an insider’s perspective on makes New York so special.  

  2. Download Kitt’s pdf with photo stops for your self-guided tour when you visit on your own.

  3. Upload your photos into Tripcast.

  4. Download the photos into a book to keep your memories!

  5. Add a visit with one of our partners or visit on your own. It’s a great way to be in a location and enjoy it.

About Your Guide

From 1993 – 2016, Kitt Garrett, lecturer, travel and tourism consultant was the Founder and CEO of Discover New York and Beyond.  She grew the company to be the leader in personalized travel to New York City by designing extraordinary experiences for corporate, leisure and native New Yorkers who wished to go beyond the New York they already knew. Using her expertise and extraordinary contacts, Kitt was named Condé Nast Top Destination Specialist for 8 years.  Kitt sold Discover New York & Beyond in 2016 to a well-established production company in NY. Kitt was featured on the “Travel Channel,” “Delta Shuttle Magazine,” “Town and Country Travel” and “Elite Magazine.” She has been the guest lecturer on the QE II, The World, Residences at Sea, private clubs and corporations. While living in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico, Kitt taught cooking and designed food products for Fortune 500 companies.

Kitt holds Advanced Certificates from the Culinary Institute of America, The Higher Certificate from the London Wine and Spirit Trust, and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management, New York University, graduating summa cum laude, and earned her designation as a Destination Management Certified Professional, and licensed New York City Guide and Certified by the Guides Association of New York City. She is a member of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, The Historic District Council, The Beaux Arts Alliance, The Art Deco Society, Society of General Mechanics and Tradesmen, the American Institute of Architecture, the Friends of the Upper East Side, Historic District Council, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, The Architectural League of New York, The Institute of Classical Art and Architecture, Friends of the Upper West Side, Friends of Terra Cotta and Grand Central Atelier.  Her credentials are unmatched.

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