Central Park is undoubtedly my favorite part of New York City. I would love to just spend an entire weekend wandering around the luscious gardens, lounging around the conservatory, grabbing drinks at the Boathouse, people watching, listening to live jazz at Bethesda Terrace, sunbathing and having a picnic while admiring the gorgeous views of the city skyline.
While we were wandering around Central Park, I felt as if my life were a movie. The whole time I was exclaiming, "I feel like I'm in Gossip Girl / Sex and the City / When Harry Met Sally / Elf / Maid in Manhattan / Stuart Little / Enchanted / You've Got Mail..." and the list goes on. And no wonder: did you know that Central Park is the most filmed location in the world?
Of course almost every TV show and movie includes scenes featuring Central Park; its beauty is unparalleled. The juxtaposition between nature and urban metropolis is entirely unique. To be completely honest, I sometimes found NYC to be a bit overwhelming. At times, I felt like the accelerated pace of life and towering skyscrapers were slightly oppressive. (In other words, I am quintessentially "West Coast".) However, Central Park felt like an escape from all of this. Compared to the bustling city life, the park is tranquil, charming, and all around delightful.