Some of Central Park’s 9,000 benches have quotes on them just like the ones you can see in the video. It costs $10,000 to “own” a park bench, but so central are these benches to NYC’s sense of itself, that many count that a small price to pay to have such a living and enviable memorial to their own deepest thoughts, to a loved one or as a homage to a family. Go here to find out how to buy your own ‘Adopt-A-Bench Program Central Park
They line all the important paths along which New Yorkers and visitors parade, they perch on hillocks looking down on beautiful vistas and they are available in all the out of the way places in Central Park that let you sit on your own and pretend you are not in the midst of one of the largest and busiest cities in the world.
They come in 4 styles, the most common of which is the Central Park Settee, a simple bench made of wood and cast iron, with no arm rests, Gothamist
Then there’s the World’s Fair bench, also made of caste iron and wood but with large, curving hoop arm rests on each one. The third type is made of wood with concrete supports at each end.
And finally there is the rustic bench made of unmilled wood and branches and totally living up to it’s name. You will usually find these overlooking a beautiful water view or tucked away next to a stunning flower bed.
Except for the rustic benches which are kept in a natural state, all the other benches are painted a uniform dark green and are always rehabilitated when they fall into disrepair.
The purpose of these benches is your ease and comfort as you enjoy the pleasure of being in Central Park. Think what stories these simple benches could tell if they could speak, stories of romance, grief, celebration, simple friendship and the startling understanding that can come when we allow ourselves the time to reflect and go still inside.