Central Park Lake and Bow Bridge - about 1970s


The scenic Central Park Lake, looking east, and the romantic Bow Bridge, a pedestrian walkway designed by Calvert Vaux and completed in 1862. Photo from Survey from the Historic American Engineering Record (Survey HAER NY-195), founded in 1969. Source: Historic American Engineering Record, Library of Congress.

Bow Bridge is 87 feet, four inches long. This and other cast iron bridges in Central Park are among the very first built of that material in America. The J.B. and W.W. Cornell Foundry was the contractor. Continue below...



In the background, buildings on Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side Historic District, Lenox Hill is a neighborhood, including the 945 Fifth Avenue (opened 1948), the 944 Fifth Avenue (built in 1925) and 950 Fifth Avenue (1926), corner of East 76th Street. The tallest building in the photo is the Carlyle (1930), a luxury hotel located in Madison Avenue at East 76th Street.


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Below, enlargement of the Bow Bridge.



Central Park Lake and Bow Bridge - about 1970s



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