If You Lost a Book and Notes at the Concert in the Park, Here They Are

Tom Scocca · 06/18/15 03:00PM

If you forgot some reading and writing material on the Great Lawn in Central Park last night, here it is. Presumably you went to the New York Philharmonic concert there, which marked 50 years of the Concerts in the Parks series. It was a nice show but hectic—the unexpected rain forced an early intermission, caused a couple of numbers to be dropped from the program, and led some people to flee early.

New York City's Dressed-Up Dogs of Winter

Ken Layne · 12/18/13 01:36PM

It's so cold outside, on the freezing streets of Manhattan. Yet the dogs must have their walks. They are city dogs, after all, and it takes an army of dog-walkers to get these beasts out of the apartments at regular intervals. We headed up to Central Park West to meet America's most pampered canines, all dressed up in their winter coats. Here's our first NYC dog of winter, in his red knitted sweater. It's Oliver, the French Bulldog!

What Are These Headless Chickens Doing in Central Park?

Louis Peitzman · 04/15/12 11:39AM

Gawker reader Amy Baker sent in this photo of two headless chickens she discovered near the corner of 72nd and Central Park West this morning. Her theory is voodoo, which seems about as likely as anything else.

Man, Jealous of Dad's Minivan, Crashes It Into Pond

Lauri Apple · 08/07/11 10:17AM

Being overshadowed by a minivan in the eyes of one's father would wound the pride of even the strongest of men. Sadly, such is the lot of Anthony Roho, who's been forced to compete with a Nissan Quest for his father's affections—and for far too long, it seems.

Runaway Peacock Returns to Central Park Zoo

Maureen O'Connor · 08/03/11 12:48PM

The runaway peacock that flew the coop at the Central Park Zoo in favor of a windowsill at a co-op in the Upper East Side returned home on its own volition this morning, zoo officials say. Now it's back at its boring small-time roost, hanging out with the boring small-time peacock friends it grew up with, smoking cigarettes and sighing about how the other peacocks just don't understand what it's like to be young and free in New York. [WNYC, image via AnimalNY]

Record-Setting Heat in New York

Maureen O'Connor · 07/22/11 01:08PM

Central Park set an all-time heat record today: 102 degrees. Newark also set an all-time heat record: 104 degrees. Show offs. [City Room]

Mad Bather in Central Park Reservoir

Seth Abramovitch · 07/10/11 09:09PM

A "white male in his 40s" (isn't it always?) hopped the chain-link barricade around the Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park on Sunday, and leaped in for a refreshing swim. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the man, bobbing joyously about 20 feet from the northeast edge, flatly refused to emerge. Three firefighters then swam over to him "with a yellow rope and lassoed him." He was checked by paramedics for signs of drowning, for some reason, and taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where he's listed as in "stable condition." Feel free to direct your flowers and teddy bear gift baskets to "Stubborn Reservoir Guy, c/o St. Luke's."