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Central Park in Winter: Traditions Old and New

From landscaped roof decks to private spas to fully equipped game rooms, New York City real estate is flush with luxurious amenities designed to lure prospective buyers with their value and exclusivity. But real New Yorkers know that the best amenity in town is free to access and open to the public year-round — and that finding a home nearby will turn this iconic space into one’s own backyard. 


Central Park has been a part of the fabric of the city since it opened nearly 150 years ago, and the generations that have lived along its edges have made the most of these dense 843 acres. Residents of apartments overlooking Central Park for rent, such as 985 Fifth Avenue or 800 Fifth Avenue, have breathtaking views of the legendary green space. And best of all, having such close proximity means that residents can enjoy the park’s bounties whenever they like.


While the park is best known for summer traditions like Shakespeare in the Park and SummerStage, winter is no less crowded with events and activities, starting with the Annual Central Park Holiday Lighting. Here, families can enjoy steaming mugs of cocoa and meet Santa before watching the flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer. In January, residents of Central Park-adjacent buildings will love the Winter Jam, which combines the excitement of live ice carving (using chainsaws, of course) with the relaxing recreations of ice bowling and snowshoeing.


Central Park is the perfect place to recreate winter traditions — and to make new ones. There is nothing that brings a family together like an afternoon of sledding. Fortunately, Central Park is home to a number of steep slopes where brave sledders test their mettle: Pilgrim Hill near the 72nd Street entrance is the steepest and often most crowded, while Cedar Hill, near the 76th and 79th Street entrances, is broken up into two slopes, the upper one for the more adventurous and the lower one for sledders still finding their feet.


Doubtless, the most iconic winter activity in Central Park is ice skating, and everyone from amateurs to blossoming professionals will find themselves enchanted by both the Wollman and Lasker Rinks. While Wollman Rink is older and will be familiar to film fans as the location for many classic rom-com scenes, Lasker Rink was recently renovated and is LEED certified, making it one of the most environmentally friendly rinks in the world.


So, don’t let another minute pass! Head over to the Urbana Properties website to find the perfect Central Park home and begin making winter memories today.