The loveliest Victorian bridge in Central Park

Named for its graceful shape reminiscent of a violin bow, Central Park’s Bow Bridge has always been a park favorite and a lovely remnant of the Victorian city (seen here in a turn of the century postcard).


See the urns at the entrance to the bridge on the right? These and six other urns decorating the bridge when it was built around 1860 disappeared mysteriously in the 1920s.

Craftsmen working from original photos made replicas of the urns, and they went back in 2008, restoring Bow Bridge to its original romantic glory.

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5 Responses to “The loveliest Victorian bridge in Central Park”

  1. ReadingOtherPeople Says:

    Reblogged this on Reading Other People.

  2. NikkiTNYC Says:

    Reblogged this on Nikki in NYC and commented:
    A little history bit featuring Central Park’s Victorian Bridge, courtesy of Ephemeral New York.

  3. jskostka Says:

    Nice blog!

  4. Pruitt Says:

    Bow Bridge was made by the Janes & Kirtland Iron Works up in The Bronx, which also made the dome of the United States Capitol.

  5. An early image of ice skaters in Central Park | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] Kids play, adults fall, a dog is getting in on the fun, and everyone is enthralled by the magic of the ice under Bow Bridge. […]

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