NYC – Central Park Arsenal

NYC Central Park Arsenal


The Arsenal is one of only two buildings that actually predate Central Park.

Designed to resemble a medieval fortress, the Arsenal was built between 1847 and 1851 as a munitions supply depot for New York State’s National Guard. That original military use would be short-lived, as it would become part of Central Park. Over the years, the building had a number of interesting uses. It was a police precinct, a weather bureau, the first Museum of Natural History, and a makeshift zoo filled with animals on loan from the likes of circus founder P.T. Barnum. Today, it’s home to the headquarters of New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Central Park Zoo.

When open, you can visit take a self-guided tour of the building. The main foyer is quite interesting as is the third floor Gallery. Tthe roof top terrace is not open to the public. However, this weekend, I got the opportunity to explore the roof terrace on a special tour . (They did not allow picture inside during this tour.)

Note: This is next to the Central Park Zoo



End of Today’s Blog

Author: thom bradley

I am an educator who has worked in Woodstock NY, Rhinebeck NY, Salisbury CT and who has lived in Rhinebeck, Wilmington NC and New York City. I have been interested in photography since the '60s. I enjoy walking as a hobby and have taken quite a few pictures during these strolls. I share some of these adventures on or I

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