The Lampposts In New York's Central Park Are Navigational Tools

The Lampposts In New York's Central Park Are Navigational Tools

New York City's Central Park was the first urban landscaped public park in the United States. The park, which sprawls 843 acres and has a perimeter of 6 miles, is so expansive that it's easy to get lost. But Central Park has a little-known secret, if you know where to look: its cast iron lampposts can help you navigate the grounds. These 1,600 posts offer directional help in some quite sophisticated ways.

Architect Henry Bacon designed these lampposts in 1907, and included on them some sneaky tricks for finding your way around. Bacon put numbers at the base of each lamppost in the park. The first two or three numbers tell you the closest cross street. The last number at the base tells you which side of town you're closest to: if the number is odd, you're on the west side; and if it's even, you're on the east. Discover more secrets of Central Park in the videos below.

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