Originally built in 1865 as a Victorian Folly – a structure with no intended use beyond sheer delight – it would come to be used as both a weather station and a nature center. In 1919, the National Weather Service began taking wind and rainfall readings from the top floor of Belvedere’s tower, the highest point in Central Park; this practice continues today. Over the next several decades, the largely empty structure of high ceilings and winding staircases fell into increasing disrepair, until it was renovated and re-opened in 1983 as the Henry Luce Nature Observatory.
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This exciting and easy bike tour offers a new way to experience New York City at night. You’ll wind through 7 miles (11.3 km) of parks, streets and pathways to ... Read more
Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)