Bow Bridge (Central Park)

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Bow Bridge
Bow Bridge in Central Park on Thanksgiving 2010.jpg
Coordinates40°46′33″N 73°58′18.6″W / 40.77583°N 73.971833°W / 40.77583; -73.971833
LocaleThe Ramble and Lake, Central Park
DesignClassical Greek
MaterialCast iron
Total length87 feet
Longest span60 feet
No. of spans1
DesignerCalvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould
Construction end1862
Daily trafficPedestrian

The Bow Bridge/ˈb/ is a cast iron bridge located in Central Park, New York City, crossing over The Lake and used as a pedestrian walkway. It is decorated with an interlocking circles banister, with eight planting urns on top of decorative bas-relief panels. Intricate arabesque elements and volutes can be seen underneath the span arch. The bridge was designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould, and completed in 1862. Measuring a total of 87 feet (26.5 m), it is the largest bridge in the park.[1] While other bridges in Central Park are inconspicuous the Bow Bridge is made to stand out from its surroundings.[2]


  1. ^ Bow Bridge Central Park Conservancy
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