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Bridges of Central Park

Bridges of Central Park
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Bank Rock Bridge (btw 77th and 78th streets)

Entirely recreated in 2009 as a sturdier replica of the original, Bank Rock Bridge had suffered the ill effects of the elements for years after its construction in 1860. It was replaced with a simple wood and pipe railing bridge in1935, but its more recent restoration returned to the bridge the grandeur it once had.


Balcony Bridge (77th street)

Made primarily of schist and sandstone, the Balcony Bridge was named for its two small balconies that offer resting points for those wishing to stop and take in the view. It was built in 1860 and is decorated with quatrefoil cutouts.

 

Bow Bridge (74th street)

The stately Bow Bridge was fashioned by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould in a Classic Greek style with Renaissance Gothic foliate designs. At a length of 60 feet, it provides a pathway from the Ramble to Cherry Hill.

 

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Dalehead Arch (64th street)

This sandstone and brownstone arch also includes the quatrefoil cutout design that appears on many of the original 19th century bridges in Central Park.

 

Eaglevale Bridge (77th street)

Designed by the architect Josiah Cleveland Cady, this gneiss bridge was constructed in 1890. At one time, it provided a path to the Ladies' Pond, which has been replaced with a playground.

 

Gapstow Bridge (52nd street)

From the Gapstow Bridge, one can see skaters at Wollman's Rink in winter, the Victorian Gardens in summer, and the Plaza Hotel and city skyscrapers in any season. This 76 foot long bridge was constructed by Howard and Caudwell in 1896 and is made of Manhattan schist.

 

Glen Span Bridge (102nd street)

This gneiss arch that provides an entrance to the Ravine was first constructed of simple wood 1865. It was later replaced with the more enduring stone and sits east of the Pool and west of the Loch.

 

Gothic Bridge (94th street)

The beautiful Central Park Gothic Bridge was made of steel and cast iron in 1864, when it was designed by Vaux. This bridge gets its name from the Gothic Cathedral style curves of the ironwork on the spandrels.

 

Pine Bank Bridge (62nd street)

Another cast iron bridge, Pink Bank Bridge extends towards Heckscher Playground and was first built in1861 by J.B. and W.W. Cornell Ironworks. It was then renovated in 1984, as it had fallen into disrepair over the years. Its intricate designs make it a must-see for those interested in architecture.

 

Reservoir Bridge (85th street)

One of the two bridges that are situated near the Reservoir, this bridge consists of a wooden footpath and is decorated with elegant floral scrolls and spiraling leaves along all 38 feet.

 

Reservoir Bridge (94th street)

This 15-foot cast iron bridge is located near the North Gatehouse, and bears a striking resemblance to the Gothic Bridge because of its design. This bridge was designed by Calvert Vaux and constructed in 1864.

 

Terrace Bridge (72nd street)

Bethesda Terrace, inspired by the designs of the Palace of Versailles, was envisioned as one of the focal points of the entire Park by its creators. Fashioned out of New Brunswick sandstone, the Terrace stands at 16 feet high and 29 feet wide. A highly popular Central Park attraction, the Terrace is also known for containing the Bethesda Fountain.

 

— Jesse M. Wheeler

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