Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Villa-ATTACK! on NYC

The Villa People in Central Park

Fun times in Central Park courteousy of Frederick Law Olmsted and your local grocer.

Happy Birthday, Mark!

Some Central Park Fun Facts (Thank You, Wikipedia...):

-Central Park is larger than two of the world's smallest nations. It is almost twice as large as Monaco and nearly eight times as large as the Vatican City.

-Central Park's twenty-five million annual visitors is more than five times those of the Grand Canyon.

-Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is actually more than 10 times as large as Central Park. Despite this, Central Park has 2.5 times as many visitors.

-The Central Park constitutes its own United States census tract, number 143. According to Census 2000, the park's population is eighteen persons, twelve male and six female, with a median age of 38.5 years.

-Legendary entertainer Diana Ross has a playground named after her in Central Park, the Diana Ross Playground.
-On Saturday, February 8, 1964, as part of the Beatles first visit to America, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr visited Central Park while entertaining photographers and members of the press. George Harrison stayed back at the group's suite at the Plaza Hotel, due to a bout with tonsillitis. On Lennon's birthday, October 9, 1985, Yoko Ono helped inaugurate the Strawberry Fields memorial, created as a tribute to him following his murder on December 8, 1980.

-Sheep actually grazed on the Sheep Meadow from the 1860s until 1934, when they were moved upstate since it was feared they would be used for food by impoverished depression-era New Yorkers.

-The real-estate value of Central Park is estimated to be $528,783,552,000 according to the property-appraisal firm Miller Samuel.

1 comment:

Virginia M Byers said...

$528,783,552,000 this looks like a job for the facts checker!