There are many places of natural beauty for you to visit while enjoying your bike rental in Central Park. But for those of you who are interested in seeing the real-life attractions that you have grown familiar with through film and TV, there are many sights that you will want to get a closer look at. Below are just a few of Central Park attractions that have been seen on the big screen more than once.
1. The Plaza Hotel
This iconic building was built in 1907 and has been seen in numerous films. It is a perfect spot to visit while enjoying your bike rental in Central Park. For many, it represents the very epitome of New York luxury. You may have seen it in the 2003 film, “Eloise in the Plaza.” More recently, it has been seen in the 2013 retelling of “The Great Gatsby.” Interestingly, the Plaza was featured in the original novel, as well. Another famous film you may have seen the building in is “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.” At the time, Donald Trump owned the building, and he had a cameo in the film.
2. Central Park Zoo
You may be familiar with the zoo from seeing it in “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” starring Jim Carrey. The film came out in 2011 and was based off the book of the same name. Carrey’s character ends up with some penguins and later donates them to the zoo, which is named “the New York Zoo” in the film. It is a favorite in Central Park and ideal to take your bike rental to. Another movie that draws attention to the zoo is “Madagascar.” Even though it wasn’t filmed here (because it was animated), the layout of the zoo is the same, with actual features, like the Sea Lion Pool and Delacorte Clock, taken right from Central Park Zoo.
3. Wollman Rink
The famous skating rink in the 2001 film “Serendipity,” which starred Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack. The large rink was seen often in the film about the characters meeting again after many years of separation. You can get the best view by riding your bike rental around the rink while in Central Park.
4. Tavern on the Green
This former sheepfold and famous New York City restaurant has been in several popular films. You may have seen it in “Ghostbusters,” when a character is terrorized by a ghost, or in “Wall Street,” when private meetings take place there. It also plays a significant role in “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” Carrey’s character is a real estate developer whose boss wants to buy the iconic restaurant to tear it down.
5. The Mall
The Mall refers to an area in the park with a beautiful selection of American elms, which provide a picturesque scene in any season. You will find it used heavily in the 1979 classic “Kramer vs. Kramer” with Dustin Hoffman. It is also the backdrop for a scene with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in the film “When Harry Met Sally.” “Maid in Manhattan” with Jennifer Lopez also features this natural setting. Get the full effect on your bike rental in Central Park at dawn or dusk.