Central Park is enchanting on a lush summer afternoon. One of the most magical spots is at The Falconer statue, on the south side of 72nd Street drive.
Situated on top of a large rock formation, The Falconer is a sweet place to stop for a bit and view the park. Because it’s high up, passersby won’t always realize you’re there.
The bronze statue itself is pretty captivating. Designed by British sculptor (and falconer) George Blackall Simonds, it’s a replica of the original, which was on display in Italy in the 19th century.
An Irish merchant who later lived in New York admired it and commissioned a copy for his adopted city. It was dedicated in 1875.
The statue seems so fitting, considering the peregrine falcons known to make the park their hunting ground.