Coasting down Central Park’s snowy hills

A mess of boys get ready to sled down a hill in the park, circa 1915.

Nine old-fashioned wooden sleds lined up, ready to go. Nice to see a few kids piggybacking rides—that’s probably outlawed today.

And look—no parents are hovering over them!

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7 Responses to “Coasting down Central Park’s snowy hills”

  1. Jimbo Says:

    Love your sarcasm re. hovering parents and piggy backing. Upon seeing this photos, I immediately thought of “Suicide HIll” in Prospect Park, a long steep course, where we kids in the 50s would sled down unsupervised. even when the snow was mostly gone, and the rocks exposed.

    I wonder if they even refer to it as Suicide Hill. I can’t imagine stroller moms uttering it.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Suicide Hill sound like great, unsupervised fun. Does anyone know it’s still called that–or wasn’t smoothed out to protect daring sledders?

  3. petey Says:

    i sledded the hill just inside 5th ave south side of 79th street. we usually had a parent around, but sometimes not. this was in the mid 60s. sledding: an absolute blast.

  4. Tom B Says:

    This blog CP snowy hills brought back some great memories of my winters in the late 50’s early 60’s of sledding down the steepest hills we could find. They had political incorrect names and no parents. Yet somehow we made it through those times unharmed. How times have change. They say ‘you don’t get’ unless you’re a parent. If they could only see it from a reality perspective. Love your sarcasm, I bursted out laughing.

  5. The sleighs and sleds of snowy old New York | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] snowy days, city parks were also filled with kids flying down hills on sleds . . . or enjoying being pulled along a flat snowy surface, as these little ones seem to […]

  6. Mark Mooney Says:

    On the Great Hill on 106th back in the 40’s we would form a caravan of sleds by having one rider hook his shoes into the sled behind him. Or if alone sled down, cross the road way and godown three sets of stairs and wound up under the roadway on 110th. Mark Mooney

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