Philharmonic in the Park

Philharmonic in the Park

Philharmonic in the Park is an iconic New York event every summer, where the New York Philharmonic performs in Central Park and parks in other boroughs. It is a free event and a giant picnic with live music, the one I was at yesterday had over 50,000 people! It was so nice to be able to do this after a 2 year break thanks to the pandemic.

The concert was scheduled to start at 8pm, but the prime spots near the stage are usually all taken up with people sitting on blankets in the Great Lawn in Central Park by 7pm if not sooner, and the area gets fenced off so it doesn’t get too crowded as you can see in the picture above. We were really far back by the time we got there around 7:30pm, but it was nice and festive with people, babies and dogs just enjoying Central Park. The nice thing about this event, unlike other ticketed concerts in Central Park where only small bags are permitted and food and alcohol are restricted, is that everyone brings in their food and wine and makes a really nice evening of it.

I love looking back at the City and seeing the change from day to night from the middle of Central Park.

We didn’t stay long enough to see the fireworks at the end, but all in all it was another memorable evening in New York.


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Hi, I'm Hanit Gyani, a full time professional by day and a blogger by night and weekend. Welcome to my blog, aka my passion project, Gotta Love New York.

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