It's astonishing that the world's most famous park lies in the center of a city of more than 8.5 million people.

The world's most famous park lies in the center of a city of more than 8 million people

Every day, thousands of New Yorkers spend an afternoon on its sprawling 843 acres and toss Frisbees, play music, snap selfies, row boats, nap on the grass or canoodle in the shade of leafy trees. The biggest crowds flock to Sheep Meadow, Strawberry Fields and Bethesda Terrace, and children especially love the Central Park Zoo. The south end, along 59th Street, is often full of tourists, but head north of 86th Street and the press of humanity eases. Here, you'll likely find locals jogging the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

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