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Friday, October 18, 2019


Autumn in Cenral Park is a magnificent spot to take in fall foliage, especially at The Pond, The Lake, and Bow Bridge | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The concrete island of Manhattan
 may not be the first place that comes to mind 
when planning a fall foliage expedition.
You're more likely to picture quaint little towns in New England,
the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, or Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

But do you know that there is a quiet place in the middle of New York City........
away from the noisy buses, honking horns, sirens,  
construction equipment, and sanitation trucks, 
that can satiate even the heartiest of leafage appetites?

If you should find yourself in New York City on a late October day,
hungering for some of nature's autumn delights, 
my advice is to get thee to The Lake in Central Park.

The easiest way to find The Lake 
(yes that is its official name; New Yorkers are nothing if not clever)
is to enter the park at W.72nd Street and Central Park West.
The magnificent apartment building you'll see opposite the park is The Dakota
former home of John Lennon,
and sadly, where he was murdered in 1980.

The Dakota, former home of John Lennon, across from Central Park, NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
The Dakota

Head straight into the park, and take a pathway to the left,
heading north towards W. 74th Street.
(You can download a map of the park here).
You'll pass by the renowned Strawberry Fields,
dedicated to the memory of John Lennon,
named after his song, "Strawberry Fields Forever."

Strawberry Fields in Cenral Park | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Strawberry Fields

 There are maps and signs along the way to direct you to The Lake,
but don't hesitate to stop and ask someone........
New Yorkers really are a friendly bunch,
contrary to their gruff reputation,
 and truly like to help tourists navigate their city.

Be sure to see the lake from various vantage points,
making a special effort to walk over to the elegant Bow Bridge.  
Built in the mid-1800's, it is one of the Central Park's most photographed spots.

I took these photos just about a year ago, on October 29, 2019
during the golden hour, as the sun began to lower in the sky.
I used them for my photography class assignment.......
a photo essay called "An Afternoon In Central Park."

Bow Bridge in Central Park is breathtaking in fall! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #NewYorkCity
Bow Bridge

Bow Bridge in Central Park is breathtaking in fall! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #NewYorkCity

Bow Bridge in Central Park is breathtaking in fall! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #NewYorkCity

The Lake  in Central Park is breathtaking in fall! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #NewYorkCity

The Lake  in Central Park is breathtaking in fall! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #NewYorkCity

The Lake  in Central Park is breathtaking in fall! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #NewYorkCity

The Lake  in Central Park is breathtaking in fall! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #NewYorkCity

The Lake  in Central Park is breathtaking in fall! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #NewYorkCity

The Lake  in Central Park is breathtaking in fall! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #NewYorkCity

The Lake  in Central Park is breathtaking in fall! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #NewYorkCity

The Lake  in Central Park is breathtaking in fall! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #NewYorkCity

AND THE WINNER IS............

In my last blog post, I announced a giveaway for a couple of small souvenirs
I purchased at the Museum Of The City Of New York gift shop.
The winner is Liberty, of The Liberty Belle!
She is a lovely blogger from North Carolina,
who writes about places she visits, many of them in her home state,
but elsewhere in the country as well.
Please take a few minutes to visit her!

I'll be sending Liberty a NYC Subway station luggage tag,
a NYC journal to record her thoughts 
(hopefully about her travels to Manhattan someday!),
and a 5x7 matted print of one of my favorite photos 
that I've taken of New York City.
I'm not revealing it here.......I want it to be a surprise!

Liberty seems to be a lucky name around here --
she is the second to win one of my giveaways
(the other was Liberty from B4 And Afters blog)
As I'm writing this, it occurs to me that
 both ladies Liberty should receive the photo below........
don't you agree? 
"Liberty" for all, so to speak!

The Statue Of Liberty, New York City | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Congratulations, ladies!

Look for more giveaways coming soon! 


Bow Bridge and The Lake  in Central Park is breathtaking in fall! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #NewYorkCity


The Pond in Central Park is a beautiful oasis in New York City | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
The Pond - Central Park


  1. Central Park is an oasis in a sea of concrete and has been for many years. It is one if my regrets that in several trips to New York on business I never had the chance to get there.

  2. I'm pleased as punch (or shall I say sweet tea?) to have won your giveaway! Thank you for hosting it here on your awesome blog.

  3. These photos are simply lovely. Indeed, a place of refuge, I should think, for city dwellers. Ah, this reminds me of my last visit to NYC, long ago -- a year or two before the towers fell -- visiting the park, Strawberry Fields, seeing the Dakota. Imagine. I must return.

  4. Thank you so much! I will look forward to getting it. You know, I met a Liberty from England whilst on vacation once. She has a similar last name to mine and we are Facebook friends. And I'm Facebook friends with another Liberty that I met on, well, Facebook. I saw her comment on an Arbonne post and said hi. She is an author and it is funny how many similar things there are about our lives. I enjoy meeting other Liberty's. I should compose a post about it, yes, of course I should!
    Thanks again!
    Liberty @

    1. I'm wondering how you got that picture of those rays extending out behind the Statue of Liberty?? (this is also a test, to see if you can reply to me now...)

    2. In the Picmonkey editing tool, in the "Textures" section, there is an effect called "Burst." I overlaid it on the photo, and faded it out a bit. Normally, I don't add effects to my blog photos, but because I am printing this one, it looked a little bland to me so I added it. I think it adds an ethereal look to Lady Liberty!

    3. I will have to try a Burst effect sometime. My picture has arrived, and I like it so much! Thank you!

  5. The pictures are just gorgeous. Congrats to Liberty Belle on your give away.
    Happy Weekend.

  6. Beautiful photos! I just love looking at all the trees this time of year.

  7. Stunning photos of this amazing city!!! One day - I want to visit. I love that your name is on one of the row boats in The Lake (tee hee). I am so far behind in reading your blog but it's always such a treat. Happy Fall to you and yours - enjoy these golden days!

  8. You took such beautiful photos in CP. CP is a beautiful park to visit anytime of year. Last time I was there it was 90 degrees. Congrats to the winner of your giveaway. Have a nice week Amy.

  9. How great, Amy! NYC's Central Park in fall is gorgeous! If it weren't for that skyline, I'd think I was far, far away from the bustling crowds. Congrats to Liberty Belle!

  10. Beautiful autumn scenes. . .and how lovely Central Park!

  11. Amy, As always, beautiful photographs! NYC is a wonderful city and autumn is my favorite season. Thanks for sharing these pics!

  12. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Hmmm, somehow on my many trips to NYC I have missed The Lake and the bridge and the pretty scenery of Central Park! I think it is so common to a native NY-er that my husband never thought to take me there. It all looks very lovely. I want to walk across the bridge!

  14. Amy,

    These photos are stunning. My favorites are the bridges. You're one amazing photographer. Love Lady Liberty.

    Hope you're enjoying your fall.


  15. Gorgeous photos Amy! My favorite spots in NYC were Central Park of course, and the botanical gardens. Anything to get away from the concrete jungle and into some green space!

  16. You photos are gorgeous, Amy! I love this time of year.

  17. Your gorgeous photos really capture the beauty of New York in the fall! Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend. You were one of my features this week! I will also be pinning and sharing to Instagram stories this weekend. Thanks for joining us and have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Amy I must have been there so many times and never knew it was called The Lake. Always learning something new. Love all of your photos of the fall foliage. In fact if you look anywhere there is greenery in NY you will get fall photos. I especially like to look out of the subway tracks when they are high up and spot the fall foliage.


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