Skating on the Central Park Lake under twilight

It’s almost that time of year again—just not in Central Park anymore. Painter Saul Kovner’s twilight scene on the Lake casts an enchanting glow on Depression-era skaters.


Before you get any ideas, keep in mind that skating on the Lake was officially banned in 1950! Kovner painted other winter scenes in New York as well, like this one of a snow day in Tompkins Square Park.

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6 Responses to “Skating on the Central Park Lake under twilight”

  1. Mykola Mick Dementiuk Says:

    Skating on the Lake was banned in the 1950s? Perhaps, but me and my cohorts would chip in and pay our fees onto the Rink, do our regimented circling, but once darkness fell we’d surge down the path to the Lake and skate like we wanted, whichever way we pleased! Oh to be young again…

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Of course, because back then it was perfectly normal for kids to sneak out onto lakes and other places we’ve deemed too dangerous these days. Sounds like a blast.

  3. Codex Love Says:

    I love your blog, but I was wondering if you could help me find some background knowledge of an old restaurant?

    It was called ‘Jerry’s Bar’ and was on the corner of Fifty-fourth Street and Sixth Avenue. I really would like to find out when it closed down and who owned it?

    It has a bit of historical significance, it’s where a relative of mine used to hang out with James Dean in the early 50’s, (there are photos of him in there taken by Dennis Stock)

    Any advice would be helpful, thank you!!!

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I’ve seen the James Dean photos there! I don’t know much about the bar, but I’ll see what I can dig up. It’s not in my late-40s guidebook, “Knife and Fork in New York.” Any Ephemeral readers know about Jerry’s?

  5. Mykola Mick Dementiuk Says: only found this in 12. Jerry’s Bar and Restaurant, 1335 Sixth Avenue (no longer in existence) sorry

  6. Codex Says:

    Thanks for the help, its pretty tough because there’s so little on it 😦

    Do you guys know if emailing a New York property archive or something might be able to find me records of when it was closed? I’m aware a very tall Hilton hotel is now in its place.

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