I can’t believe that I have managed to never enter the Conservatory Gardens behind the Vanderbilt Gate on 106th and 5th Avenue in Central Park. I am a native New Yorker and have recently passed by on my morning commute via the express bus and made a decision to go this weekend.
This is probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited in Central Park and I’m saying that in the Winter with no snowfall yet. I’m sure this is an amazing place to visit and explore in warmer weather (especially during Fall). If you have never been here as a New Yorker or a visitor, please do yourself a favor and visit. There are museums (El Museo del Barrio & Museum of The City of New York) across the street if you want some art after nature or a short bus trip downtown to the larger museums as well.
If you are a birder or are thinking about becoming one, this place (actually all of Central Park) has different species of birds. I was greeted by a Mourning Dove, and then some Bluejays (you know a blue jay by that very beautiful but very powerful voice), a pair of Cardinals (I’ve never seen a female one before) and another bird that I have never seen before and couldn’t track because it flew away.
This secret but not so secret place is a must visit place at least once. I shall be back to stare at more birds in the near future.