Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - NYC -

Sure, the sur­round­ing sky­scrapers reach higher now than at the turn of the last cen­tury, and would-be row­ers no longer have to ma­neu­ver frock coats and bus­tles into their boats. But the sim­ple plea­sures of pi­lot­ing a cra‚ around the lake (pic­tured) in Cen­tral Park re­main much as they have for the cen­tury and a half that this at­trac­tion has been pulling New York­ers out of their daily rou­tines. The un­steady water is an equal­izer: no one is in a hurry here (and much good it would do them if they were). Boaters ease their way from the docks onto the lake, mak­ing gen­tle apolo­gies to their near­est neigh­bors for a lack of pad­dling prow­ess. Cou­ples on dates, sun­burned fam­i­lies, and daytrip­ping co-work­ers dri‚ lazily, in­evitably to­gether, drawn to the shade cast by the iron band of Bow Bridge. For an hour or two, time be­comes a slip­pery thing, slid­ing and rip­pling like water over an oar.

>> Boat rentals $15 per hour;


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