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Bow BridgeThe Highlights
Bow Bridge is the oldest cast-iron bridge in the Park and the second oldest in America.
Built between 1859 and 1862, Bow Bridge is named for its graceful shape, reminiscent of the bow of an archer or violinist. This handsomely designed bridge spans the Lake, linking Cherry Hill with the woodland of the Ramble. When the Park was first planned, the commissioners requested a suspension bridge. The designers compromised with this refined, low-lying bridge. Today, Bow Bridge is one of New York's most romantic settings and a muse for photographers.
Beautifully reflected in the waters of Central Park's Lake, the Bow Bridge gracefully gathers lovers of New York in real life and in movies the Bridge has been the a magnificent setting in films such as: Manhattan, The Way We Were and Keeping the Faith.The colors of the Ramble woodland change in hues depending on the season. Springtime signals the arrival of a delicate array of papery pink cherry blossoms from the aptly named Cherry Hill bordering one side of the Bow Bridge. And in the warmer months, rowboats propel gently underneath.
Photographers especially love to stand by the bridge to get stunning shots of Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. For anyone in search of an iconic New York moment, Bow Bridge provides the making of a great one.