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  Central Park
Central Park South (59th Street) to 110th Street, Fifth Avenue to Central Park West.

It is one of the best birding spots in the United States, designated an Important Bird Area in 1998, and attracts birdwatchers from all over the world. Since the creation of the park, 275 species have been recorded; 192 are regular visitors or year-round residents, and 83 are infrequent or rare visitors. It is possible to see 30 warbler species during spring or fall migration.

A checklist and park map may be obtained in The Dairy (mid-park at 65th Street), and at Belvedere Castle (mid-park at 82nd Street).

The Ramble: The area in the center of the park from 72nd to 79th Street.

Loeb Boathouse: Stop for a snack and read the Nature Notebook before you enter the Ramble.

Locust Grove and Pinetum: North of Delacorte Theatre, on the west side of the Great Lawn.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir: From 85th to 94th Street, for waterbirds.

North Woods: A 90-acre woodland at the north end of the park, which includes The Pool, The Loch, and the Wildflower Meadow.

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center is on Harlem Meer. The Center serves as the Upper Park's visitor center and is home to a wide variety of the Central Park Conservancy's free family and community programs.

Conservatory Garden is located at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street. The six-acre Conservatory Garden is Central Park's only formal garden. The garden is in fact three gardens representing different landscape styles: Italian, French, and English.

Directions: Refer to sidebar ("How to Get There")

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  Inwood Hill Park
At the northern tip of Manhattan, Inwood Hill Park’s 196 wooded acres rise 230 feet above the Hudson River, offering spectacular views of the Palisades of New Jersey. At the park’s northeast corner, there are two small saltmarsh bays. Urban Park Rangers conduct walks from the Urban Ecology Center at the Boat Basin. In a single year, 150 species have been spotted in Inwood Hill Park.

Urban Ecology Center
Phone: (212) 304-2365

Directions: Refer to sidebar ("How to Get There")

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  Riverside Park
Only one-eighth of a mile wide, Riverside Park follows the Hudson River for four miles along the west side of Manhattan from 72nd Street to 155th Street. The forested and meadow areas between 116th and 124th Streets have been designated the Riverside Park Bird Sanctuary. More than 100 species are recorded each year, including 32 species of warbler, thrushes, Scarlet tanagers, and Peregrine Falcon.

Riverside Park Fund
Phone: (212) 870-3070

Directions: Refer to sidebar ("How to Get There")

How to Get There

Central Park
Bus: The M1, M2, M3 and M4 bus lines run on the east side of the park, northbound on Madison Avenue and south- bound on Fifth Avenue. The west side of the park may be reached from the M10 which runs both north and south on Central Park West.

Subway: West side B and C trains run along Central Park West.

Inwood Hill Park
Bus: The M100 bus goes to Dyckman Street from 124th Street and Third Avenue.

Subway: A train to 207th Street and Broadway. Walk two blocks west to Seaman Avenue and enter on Isham Street, or walk north on Sea- man Avenue to Indian Road and west on Indian Road to the north end of the park. #1 train to 215th Street. Walk west one block to Broadway and left (north) to 218th Street, west four blocks on 218th Street to Indian Road and the park.

Riverside Park
Bus: M5 to 116th Street and Riverside Drive; M4 or M104 to Broadway and 116th Street, walk west to the park entrance.

Subway: #1 or #9 train to 116th Street and Broadway.

Related Links

Central Park: Official Website
NYC Parks and Recreation
Birding Sites: Queens
Birding Sites: The Bronx
Birding Sites: Brooklyn
Birding Sites: Staten Island


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