Central Park in popular culture

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Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan, New York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013, and one of the most filmed locations in the world. A landmark of New York City since 1857, it has been featured in numerous films, TV shows, songs, video games, books, photographs, and artwork.

Painting, photography and visual arts[edit]

William Merritt Chase, View from Central Park (1889)
Maurice Prendergast, The Mall, Central Park (1901)
The Gates (2005)


  • In 1967, the Canadian poet Leonard Cohen sang in public in Central Park in the company of Judy Collins.
  • The writer Evan H Rhodes published The Prince of Central Park, a 1975 novel that describes the life of an 11-year-old in the park.
  • In the book The Catcher in the Rye, the main character, Holden Caulfield, often wonders what happens to the ducks and fish in Central Park when the ice begins to form in winter. He also spends time in the park in parts of the novel.

Films and TV[edit]

Central Park, as a universal symbol of the city, appeared and continues to appear in numerous film productions, as well as in numerous television series. Among its most famous appearances:




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