Next week in Central Park: the annual Central Park Film Festival.
The Bow Bridge was built between 1859 and 1862, and it’s the second oldest cast-iron bridge in America. It’s named for Bow Bridge is named for its graceful shape, reminiscent of the bow of an archer or violinist, and spans the Lake, linking Cherry Hill with the woodland of the Ramble.
The Bow Bridge has been featured in dozens of Hollywood films and TV shows. We named many of them in the posting announcing the bridge’s closure in April for repair.
The Bow Bridge also is featured on the cover of Peaceful Places in New York City, written by NYC on the Cheap editor Evelyn Kanter. Click here to buy it on Amazon, either as a paperback or as an e-book.
When the Park was first planned, the commissioners requested a suspension bridge. The designers compromised with this refined, low-lying bridge.
From the moment it opened, it has been one of New York’s most romantic settings and favorite for photographers.
Rising from the bridge are eight cast-iron urns, installed by Central Park Conservancy in 2008 as replicas of the originals that had disappeared by the early 1920s. A skilled team of Conservancy craftsmen used historic images and took cues from an urn thought to be an exact model of those that originally adorned the Bridge.
What’s your favorite memory of the Bow Bridge?