When Manhattan parks featured lovers’ lanes

This 1908 postcard, of “Lover’s Lane” in Riverside Park, doesn’t say exactly where it is along the river—and a search for it came up empty. 

But the curvy path sure looks like a sweet place to stroll or sit, as the couple far off on a bench demonstrate.

Central Park also had a Lovers’ Lane, as seen in these circa-1896 photos. 

According to a 1931 New York Times article, this narrow road ran “from east to west, just to the north of the 79th Street Transverse Road and south of the lake site.”

[Photo below from the NYPL digital collection]

Here’s the history of a colonial-era Lovers’ Lane in Brooklyn Heights.

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5 Responses to “When Manhattan parks featured lovers’ lanes”

  1. Ham Says:

    Beyond a doubt, the lover’s lane pictured above is now buried beneath the asphalt and traversed by cars of Henry Hudson Parkway.

  2. petey Says:

    the central park lane would run between the statue of jagiello and the castle now. the last time i was there, a discreet place for a toke i thought, two fellas wearing moustaches and speedos and nothing else walked by. but it was the 70s.

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  4. The Visions of Kai Says:

    I like the article and the subject. Lover’s Lane must return to Central Park.

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