Sunday, May 26, 2019

Weekday Sketchers and the Bridges of Central Park

Q: How many bridges are there in Central Park?

A: 36 plus many rustic overpasses.  

So many bridges, so little time! Good News we are only going to sketch three! 

 In 1864 Calvert Vaux designed three cast-iron bridges to span the bridal path around the reservoir. They were considered the finest example of cast-iron bridges in the country! We will concentrate on three of them that were all manufactured by Cornell Ironworks.

We will begin with the Gothic Bridge, named for its spandrels shaped like Gothic window modified into windblown curves, then move on to two other bridges that surround the reservoir.  The three bridges we will capture in our sketchbooks are:
  • The Gothic Bridge (#28) near West 94th St
  • Bridge #27 near West 94th St, and 
  • Bridge #24 near East 85th S
Here is a map of Central Park to help you find us:

Bridge #24


LOCATION: GOTHIC BRIDGE: enter the park (east or west) around 96th St. Walk towards the reservoir and enter the bridal path. The bridge is near the tennis courts northwest of the reservoir at approximately 94th St

TRANSPORTATION: B OR C TO 96TH ST. Enter the part at 93rd St and walk east until you can enter the bridal path near the reservoir. It is about a 10 minute walk. You can ask for directions at the tennis court if you are lost. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call/test Raylie at 201-978-6387.  Bring a stool, lunch, water and a cap.  

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