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A Summer Sunday in Central Park
Through the West 72nd Street Entrance
(Central Park Website)

A Photo Essay

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 4, 2013

For today’s sunny, but breezy, Sunday, Central Park seemed the most appealing destination. I was looking for a busy, but casual ambiance, lots of foliage, and the element of surprise sights and sounds. For a lovely Sunday brunch, close to the Park, I stopped at Pasha, a Turkish restaurant on West 71st Street, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. They have an outdoor café, and their brunch special was superb, accompanied by a white Turkish wine, Cankaya, Kavaklidere. Pasha is just one block from the 72nd Street Central Park entrance, and it was jammed with visitors enjoying the low humidity and sunshine. Horse carriages and pedi-cabs were abundant, as were baby strollers and joggers. On entering at this location, I noticed the signs and markers for Strawberry Fields, a 2.5 acre grassy relaxation area of the Park, a tribute to John Lennon, who lived at the Dakota apartments, located close by. On a nearby bench, a guitarist sang Lennon songs to the delight of passersby.

Along the paths, open views of Central Park Lake, an 18 acre lake, revealed picturesque rowboats, conveniently rented at the Loeb Boathouse. A gondolier could also be seen, serenading his guests, in the midst of this very bucolic scene. Ducks and geese swam about gingerly, as the rowboats glided by. In the distance, one can also view the majestic Bow Bridge, with visitors along its 60 foot expanse. It’s fashioned from cast iron, with a hardwood walkway. Off the main paths, small huts or gazebos offer shade and inspirational lakeside views. But, for people watchers, the paths are thrilling, with pop, folk, Latin, and classical musicians entertaining the crowds. A few of the park performers play so quietly, that only adjacent benches can follow the music. Perhaps, due to the Strawberry Fields quiet policy, this section of the Park is the most introspective and sublime. Future essays will feature additional Central Park entrances. Central Park is gorgeous and energized in all seasons, with its foliage and landscape ever shifting in texture and tone.

Sidewalk Cafe at Pasha on the West Side
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Pasha Wait Staff
and Coban Salata (Shepherd's Salad)
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Spinach Feta Omelet with Roasted Potatoes
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Kemal, Pasha Proprietor
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Blood Orange Sorbet
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72nd Street Entrance to Central Park
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Entrance to Strawberry Fields
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A Guitarist Sings the Beatles
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Horse Carriages and Pedi-Cabs
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Daniel Webster Statue
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Row Boats in Central Park Lake
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Lakeside Shelters for Shade
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Bow Bridge over the Lake
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Rock Climbing and Row Boating
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A Bucolic Sunday in the Park
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Lush Leafy Foliage
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Lake Views from Walking Paths
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Flute Concert by Musicians from Japan
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Mayu Saeki
Haruna Fukazawa
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Horse Carriages Trot Toward the Exit
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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