Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, New York City

Gapstow Bridge

Bent stylishly over the slender collar of the lake at 59th Street, Gapstow is one of the beautiful bridge of Central Park. It bears a remarkable similarity to the Ponte di San Francesco in San Remo, Italy.

The connection offers nice views of the nearby New York City skyscrapers. Facing south, there is the famed Plaza Hotel and different New York skyscrapers rising from above the Central Park’s trees. During winter, there is the Wollman Rink’s twirling skaters on south side; while in warmer months there are multicolored amusements of Victorian Gardens.

The bridge was initially designed by Jacob Wrey Mould in 1874, but wooden bridge with cast-iron railings suffered significant damage in 20 years. The bridge was redesigned by Howard & Caudwell and replaced with current stone structure in 1896. The bridge is 12 feet high, spans 44 feet of water, and stretches 76 feet in its full length.

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