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12 HIDDEN SECRETS in Central Park | New York City


Hey what’s up everybody? It is a beautiful day and I’m hanging out
in Central Park, my favorite place in the City. And today I’m gonna take you around and show
you some of the hidden secrets in the Park, like where to find a hidden nature sanctuary,
how to navigate using the lampposts, and even where to find some ruins. But my favorite is the forbidden cave. People have no idea that just across the pond
there is the secret bird sanctuary. There’s only one entrance, and it’s guarded
by a lady with a clipboard. The sanctuary’s only open for a few hours a week, so make sure you check the schedule
so you can actually get in here. But it’s got some nice views over the lake
and they’re always adding new trails so it’s exciting to come in here. Cute. I love the sanctuary, if you want to see a
lot more of it, click the link up here, because I made an entire video
all about just the sanctuary. Next hidden secret is right between
Heckscher Playground and the Heckscher Ballfields: It’s Rat Rock. Which isn’t a secret because it’s a giant
rock in the middle of the Park. The secret is that it’s great for bouldering. You can see all the chalk from people’s hands
as they’ve been climbing around this thing. It’s a little beyond my ability but it’s got
some pretty good handholds here. Maybe I could do it. Carousel’s over 100 years old! Oh-la-la. There’s the dairy. There’s the checker’s house. There. And through that tunnel back there was the carousel. When Olmsted and Vaux create the Park, they
put all these fun stuff all close together because this was supposed to be like the kid’s area. Now, this bad boy here predates the Park. It’s an original survey bolt from 1809. So it’s over 200 years it’s been sitting there. Ah, Central Park wants to keep the location
of this thing a secret so it doesn’t get vandalized, so I’m not gonna tell you exactly where it
is, but think of where the roads intersect and check those intersections, and that’s
how I found it. The Mall is by no means a secret, but it’s
fantastic and you should come here anyways. Coming up on Bethesda Terrace, you’ve got
these little sculptures in here. It’s the day: so there’s sunrise,
wake up, do your work, and then you come home and do your reading,
it gets dark out and the owls come and play, and then apparently it turns into halloween. Probably the most useful secret
you’re gonna learn today, is right here in the middle of Bethesda Terrace, you’ve got bathrooms.
There’s men’s, women’s behind me. If you want a better view of the Bow Bridge,
just come over here, jump up on this rock, and there you go. Do NOT take what these guys give you. They’re NOT real monks. TOTAL SCAM. Super easy to get lost in the Ramble, so there’s
a lot of hidden secrets in here, but my favorite is the forbidden cave. If you follow the edge of the lake, you’ll
eventually find this. The cave is directly below this. Ok? And the way to get down there… is through here. You take the steps. Now this is sealed off, obviously,
but it used to be open. And people on their boats would come up here
and just dock and hang out. But there were some stupid guys in there that
would harass the women and now they closed it off. And out! Out here is the Lady’s Pavilion. This used to be out at 59th Street
and Central Park West. It was built as a station
for trolley passengers to wait. Nice views of the lake and midtown, too. If you’re ever lost in the Park, just find a lamppost,
because there’s always going to be numbers. Right now we’re at West 78th Street. The “02,” if you’re on the loop road, they
don’t mean anything. They just count up. Because right over here, is 7801. So odd and even on the loop road don’t mean
anything, but on the other lampposts, sometimes they’re horizontal,
sometimes they’re vertical, but the first two numbers is your street, the second two numbers on these lampposts:
if it’s odd, you’re on the West side, if it’s even, you’re on the East side. So the Swedish cottage here was literally built
in Sweden in the 1800’s, taken apart and then reassembled in Philly
for the centennial celebration, and then brought here to Central Park. Right behind the Swedish cottage
is Shakespeare’s Garden, and all the plants in here were mentioned in his plays. And throughout the garden, you’ve got these
little plaques with quotes from his plays and then those flowers are around it. And just above Shakespeare’s garden is the
whispering bench. You can whisper into that side
and hear it over here. So we’re gonna try it with the camera. Can you hear me? I’m not very good at whispering,
but hopefully you can hear me. Not so secret castle in the Park, but the
secret is I proposed to Isa, right there. The obelisk is between the Met and the Great
Lawn, and it’s legit from Egypt, built in 1450 BC! Yeah, it’s more than 3500 years old! Crazy, huh? 85th Street, on the west side,
this whole area used to be a prominent African American community
called Seneca Village, but the only thing you can see now
is this little part of the foundation. Did you know that all of water in Central
Park is New York City drinking water? That’s right, the pond, the lake, the pool,
the meer, all of the waterfalls in the Loch, it’s ALL New York City drinking water. And everything north of 96th Street
is fed by this one pipe. It goes down there, and comes down here. Although I was exploring one time
and I found this pipe back here. See it? I don’t know what that one’s for. I think I’m right by a nest, because he seems
pretty mad at me. But he’s cute! Up at the northeast corner of the Park now
this is Fort Clinton, looking out over the Harlem Meer. This cannon has a secret of its own. It’s been here since like the 1860’s and for 130 years, it was fully loaded
with a cannonball and gunpowder, but nobody knew it because it was capped off
and no one looked inside until 1996, and they’re like, “Oh, wow.
Maybe we should do something about that.” This used to be on top of that hill. We’re gonna go up this path and find some ruins. There’s a blue jay. And these are the ruins – the foundation –
for Mount St. Vincent. I don’t recommend coming up in this area
because there’s shady business happening. Hey bud, what are you doing up in the daytime? That’s the Dana Discovery Center,
and if you want, you can give them your ID and you can fish for free! They’ll give you a rod, and the gear, and
bait, and everything! We’re gonna head into the North Woods which
was designed to feel and look like the Adirondacks. Did you know the entire Park is
completely manmade and designed? Which I think is awesome
because the Park is amazing! This is the other bouldering wall, it’s just to the west
of the Meer on the very north side of the Park. And the final hidden secret is another
War of 1812 fortification, this is the Blockhouse. It’s locked up, you can’t get in it. Believe me, I’ve tried. It’s on the west side of the Park, about even
with Powell, do NOT come up here at nighttime it is super sketchy in the dark,
but it’s alright in the daytime. Well that’s it for me. Thanks so much for watching! Thumbs up if you like the video. Comment below if you think I missed anything. Definitely subscribe because
I’m in Central Park all the time. So if you like the Park,
you’re gonna see a lot more of it. I also travel and do a new thing every single
day, so you will see a new video tomorrow and yeah. Hope you guys have a great day! This is the Oak Bridge. Check out this view! Another great path to run on. It’s well lit, it’s pretty.

Yvette Parker

100 Comments

  1. OMG! I'm born and raised in NYC and always in central Park and was not aware of ANY of these hidden gems. Guess how I'm spending this weekend? Thanks for all of your research and thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Cool video with some neat stuff in there. Just did a day in Central Park in October for the Bridges & Arches multi geocache. Did an episode on that on our channel.

  3. Great video shared to me by a fellow geocacher; I knew a few of these secrets but many I did not. The park has a hidden secret which is all the geocaches that are hidden in the park; geocaching is a GPS-based game where people hide containers (geocaches), load the coordinates to a website, and other people use those coordinates to find the geocaches and sign their game names on the logbook found inside. I've spend many hours in the park searching for these containers. Nice that you captured that raccoon; is that the same one encountered by Buddy the Elf in the movie? 🙂 Great video and thanks for creating this.

  4. New York always looks fun. And interesting compared to small town New Zealand

  5. I'm going to NYC for the first time ever w my bff this week!!!! I'm most excited to see Central Park and this makes me even mORE EXCITED!!!!!!

  6. We have a park in our city that’s over 13 square km. I spent hours there every single day last summer, and still haven’t hiked the entire park. I would love to find something like ruins, but I’m pretty sure there aren’t any.

  7. I’m going to New York in 2 years and I’m so happy. It’s really cool because I recognise a lot of the places you showed in the video from Spider-Man 😂 I have the Spider-Man game and every time I see a video on New York I’m like, I know where that is! And that! And that omg!

  8. I've lived in NYC all my life and I would not go into the places he went into. Lots of crime people. It looks nice but be careful if you go.

  9. lol didnt ur mom told u not to wonder off…. lmao awesome wonder some more ccuse i was born and raise and did not fell in love w the city figures,,,,:D

  10. HI, I LOVE your video!!! I live near Flint, Michigan, and I Absolutely LOVE Nature!!! I don't have the money to travel, and I've always said, that if I ever went to NYC, that the VERY FIRST PLACE I would want to see, would be Central Park!!! Thank You SO MUCH, for showing me the Park! As soon as I finished watching the video, I hit "Subscribe"! THANKS AGAIN!!!

  11. PS – SO MANY THINGS I didn't even KNOW ABOUT, from books and movies, The Whispering Bench????? A Hidden Cave????? A Blockhouse, and Ruins????? SO COOL, NO, BEYOND COOL!!! THANK YOU!!!😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄

  12. i love how much history is around us all the time (i live here in nyc) and we don’t know about it… some of the dates on these things are CRAZY. that’s so cool

  13. I came to see if you’d mention Seneca Village! And you didn’t disappoint! Thank you for the mention.

  14. NYC drinking water no longer comes from any reservoir in the park. It comes from the 3 main aqueduct pipes that come from upstate/Jersey.

  15. The theme for Bethesda Terrace is seasonal, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, that explains the "day" sculpture you mention and in particular the "halloween" part. I watched your video and now I find it quite interesting that the sculpture with the witch has a "modern" carved pumpkin/jack'o'lantern but in reality the tale of the jack'o'latern is very old. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf-zjOTdalQ

  16. When I'm getting my tax return I'm heading to New York City from Lancaster PA taking a train to Philly taking the Chinatown Bus from Chinatown Philly to Chinatown New York spending the night at a $40 Hotel you spending the day in Central Park a New York City trip for under a hundred bucks

  17. This video makes me re think about ever going to NYC only to visit Central Park 👌👍 awesome video dude. Must’ve taken all day to film this. It’s an immense park. Thanks!

  18. NY racoon never sleeps!! Thank you for this wonderful tour of Central Park!! ❤😃

  19. Whispering bench is probably the worst bench to sit on to talk shit about someone that’s adjacent to your side on the bench

  20. Park planner 1: what should we have in this park to make it stand out to the others?
    Park planner 2: lets just get a genuine Egyptian obelisk lol

  21. Good grief…..I lived in NY my whole life and never knew about a lot of this stuff. Now that I live overseas, I know what to do when I come back. Awesome vid. Thanks!

  22. Man that park is huge. If your on holiday you would need at least a week just for the park

  23. Thank you for this wonderfully edited video. Very informative and I would’ve given you 10 thumbs up if I could!! 💜💕💜💕

  24. Hold, wait a minute – Swedish cottage?? Im from sweden and that does not at all look like any cottage I have ever seen in Sweden, there is something wrong here…

  25. That was brilliant. I'm visiting in October 2019 and I'll be checking out this stuff !!

  26. As to East/West side, east would be towards 5th Avenue, west would be towards Central Park West (aka 8th Avenue). All of the park is on the west side (west of 5th Avenue.)

  27. The Pump House at the reservoir played a big role in "Marathon Man".

  28. I’ve been to the blockhouse I thought it was cool and i took a picture near the locked door and my face was like i found a secret door and surprised little did I now that just now since u said it it’s a hidden gem there were not many ppl near there too when I go with my mom and siblings and stepdad I like exploring new paths and that’s how we found that blockhouse by taking new paths we never take the same paths

  29. Great video. I wish people would leave the fish alone, they are trying to live too. Just observe and appreciate, like this filmmaker.

  30. I live here but this is a great video! I learned a few things I did not know, even though I have been walking in the park for 40 years! Thank You!

  31. Nice to see this video again. I had commented before on an item you didn't mentioned, and that's the mountain lion atop a boulder along the street that loops around the park. When its closed to traffic, bikers, roller skaters & joggers use it. I'll never forget how it looked when I saw a flash of it in the headlights of a car I was in. Would you knw if it's still there? I would love to go back to,look for it. It would be like the holy grail. Thks for the video. Loved Central park in my youth.

  32. This was awesome however there is one major secret that you missed! Underneath Central Park are miles of corridors with a bunch of our nations actual writing treasures! A lot of Abraham Lincolns papers pertaining to the civil war, a lot of treaties made with the native Americans (you know the ones the people running the government never lived up to) etc! An enormous treasure trove that so many people are unaware of! (Ask the lady with that clipboard!)

  33. WAIT YOU DIDN'T SHOW THE INFAMOUS AREA WHERE EVERYONE GET ROBBED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. BrIan! What a fantastic video! I didn’t know about any of those treasures in the park! Great editing, great explanation, and you’re pretty cute, too. Haven’t seen you forever, I’m subscribing! Good luck.

  35. I have to say the ad before the video was ridiculous, though. I guess you can’t control, that, huh?

  36. if u want to see cave and beautiful places. Then came to India especially himachal pradesh

  37. Been here a lifetime,difn,'t know,is like,he says,you do research and you find places,,One time I was cycling Inwood Park ( I entered,through Dykeman) is a trail up a hill and there is sealed cave too,,Indians use it for storage

  38. what about the central park zoo, where it used to be?….is that what the cave was that was closed off, part of the bear enclosure? ty for the video!

  39. Wow… I grew up in NYC and hung out in Central Park a lot! My best memories were at night with my buddy Vinny, we'd steal a boat from the boat house, row out and star gaze, as best as possible! Never knew about the cave in the rambles. Back when I was a kid 1970s early 80s, central park was a little seedy, especially at night! I absolutely loved your video, thank you!

  40. I totally enjoyed your video. I had no idea that Central Park had so many nice extras! Thanks for sharing. I'm gonna take me grandchildren there!

  41. That was awesome very well may thank you very much

  42. WHY NOT RELEASE SOME ANACONONDA OR BURMESE PYTHON IN SOME OF THIS LOCATION AT CENTRAL PARK.
    IT WOULD BE FUN.

  43. I lived in New York for a year and only saw a very small portion of Central Park. I'll never get the chance to go back so thanks for the video. It's very well done, sir.

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