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Secrets of Central Park North

North Central Park



The ancient bridges and arches, cozy hidden spots, and historical landmarks make Central Park an unforgettable place to relax and take walks. In today's adventure, you will discover many interesting facts about the park's history, see familiar places from a new perspective, learn about the park's most dangerous attraction, and experience being explorers.



To start the game, enter the secret code.



As you progress through the quest, you'll need to send your answers to the tasks. Sometimes they will be words, so formulate them as simply as possible, using singular nouns. For example, if you encounter a question like "The fruit depicted on the back of all iPhones," the correct answer would be "Apple."

At times, the answers to the tasks will be numbers. For instance, "How many main characters are there in the TV show 'Friends'?" In this case, the correct answer would be "6."

If you make a mistake, we'll offer you hints. Remember, the third hint will provide the correct answer, but try to solve it using only the first two.

You'll also need to take photos at particularly beautiful spots. Consider this task as an opportunity to be imaginative!



Important - charge your phone and do not close the browser during the game and bring a positive attitude!

Your game will begin at the intersection of Central Park West and West 100 Street, as indicated in the photo.

Press the "Next" button to start the game.



Your game has begun!

Right now, you are standing near one of the many entrances to Central Park, known as the gates. These gates honor the professions and groups of people who have contributed to making New York a great metropolis. Traders, artists, farmers, sailors, engineers, inventors, and warriors. There are even the Gates of Strangers on West 106th Street dedicated to immigrants for their outstanding role in the development of New York. Now, let's talk about those gates right next to you! Who are they dedicated to?

Task: Who are the gates closest to you dedicated to?



You found the answer correctly! In addition to the gates dedicated to professions and occupations, there are gates that acknowledge different groups of city residents - girls, men, and, as you have already discovered, boys.

It's still early to enter the park! First, you need to know that there are specific rules in the park, and violations can result in hefty fines. So, remember that in Central Park, swimming in ponds, feeding wildlife and birds, cycling on the lawns, smoking, and using loudspeakers are prohibited. One organization, which you can see here, is responsible for enforcing the rules. It's located right next to two streets.

Task: Identify the organization that monitors the enforcement of rules and laws in the city.



You did a great job! You are entering the famous Central Park, whose history began over 150 years ago. In the spring of 1857, a landscape design competition was announced in New York for the future park. The requirements for the project were to preserve the existing roads that crossed the entire park and to create playgrounds, gardens, and other public spaces.

A total of 33 designs were submitted! The first chief architect of the park was Frederick Olmsted, who, together with Calvert Vaux, won the competition with a traditional English park design, emphasizing naturalism with minimal urban landscape elements.

From the column with the street names, there are several paths leading into the park. You need to take the one closest to the column. Head to the park via the chosen road until you reach the point where four pathways converge.

Task: At the intersection, find an unlucky object. What is it?



We hope you easily found the "unlucky" 13th lamppost. Did you know that each lamppost in Central Park is numbered and helps with easy navigation?

Now, from the intersection, you need to walk to a small waterfall. The waterfall is partially concealed by a bridge, but that won't prevent you from seeing it. After the waterfall, stop and try to guess the name of the large lake that will come into view. The lake's name is not very common, but we'll give you a hint: this word is usually used to refer to a place where people learn to swim, compete, or simply relax. Have you figured it out yet?

Task: What is the name of this lake?



While The Pool is partially fed by the natural stream of Montayne Rivulet, the primary source of the water body is a 48-inch pipe hidden in a grotto at the southern edge. The Pool originates from the winding stream called Loch. Now, walk along Pull until you reach a small wooden bridge. You'll agree, it's a great spot for photos, isn't it?

Idea💡: Take a photo at this spot and press the "Next" button. If you decide to share this photo on social media 👉🏻 tag us @quiz.trip



The place is truly beautiful, but you should pay attention in order to answer the next question. What tree grows at the top of the waterfall all by itself?

Task: What tall, solitary tree grows on this elevation?



There's nothing to hide from you! Now, it's time to enter the archway; to do this, take the road to the right of the tree (don't go down the rocks, as it might be dangerous!). Enter the arch and take a look around.

Before you is the Glen Span Arch, which serves as the gateway to the wooded and secluded part of the park, resembling a real forest. The arch project was initiated by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould in 1863 and completed two years later. The wooden decking originally used for the upper part was replaced with stone around 1885.

Task: Find the alphanumeric code inside the arch and send it here.



Now, pass through the arch and continue your path, following the Loch stream. The Northern Woods is the perfect place for walks and escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. The designers preserved the unique topography of the area, including hills and large rocky outcrops. They added trees, other vegetation, water bodies, artificial fountains, and bridges. They also developed a network of trails to explore all of this.

Your new destination is a stone observation platform with a waterfall and a splendid view of the stream.

Press the 'Next' button when you're in position



In Central Park, you can find over 30 bridges and arches that form a unique transportation system throughout the park. Many of these bridges and arches are designed for pedestrians, but on some of them, you may come across horse-drawn carriages.

To continue your journey, stand with your back to the observation platform and walk to the left. There, you'll find a small wooden bridge.

Task: Stop at the bridge and check the length of the bridge in feet.



From the bridge, turn left and continue your journey. On the left side, along the stream, you will see beautiful observation platforms. Don't forget to count them; it will come in handy later.

You will be surprised by the number of animals inhabiting Central Park - here you can easily encounter squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, and even opossums. But don't get too distracted, and pay close attention to the viewpoints; not all of them have a simple shape.

Task: One of the observation platforms seems to resemble a symbol. But which one?



Just look at the nature surrounding you! The goal of the park project was to create a sense of wilderness right in the heart of the city. Since the park's opening in 1873, over 4 million trees, shrubs, and other plants representing approximately 1,500 species have been planted here.

Keep on your path and make your way to the waterfall.

Idea 💡: Here, stand against the backdrop of waterfalls and sing any song about a river, ocean, or waterfall—just as long as the song is about water! Don't forget to capture this on video! If you decide to share this video on social media 👉🏻 tag us @quiz.trip



You are standing in front of the North Woods Loch Waterfall, one of the many waterfalls in the park. Here you can take a rest and have a break. Once you're ready to continue your journey, you'll need to make an important choice - which path to follow next?

Carefully examine the map and choose the path whose number matches the count of observation platforms you've seen. The one you're currently standing on also counts. After you've chosen the path, proceed confidently until you encounter a staircase.

Press the 'Next' button when you're in position



If you made the right choice, you should now be facing a staircase that leads upward! If so, go ahead and climb it. If not, it's worth going back and double-checking the map and your records of the number of observation platforms.

After climbing the stairs, continue your journey until you reach a major intersection. There, a new and quite romantic task awaits you! Somewhere around here is the keeper of vows in faithfulness and love.

Task: Try to find them and discover the name of Joker's beloved.



You're a great team! Keep going! Climb the hill and find the huge bench where a new riddle is already waiting for you.

Press the 'Next' button when you're in position



Now you see a bench made of pink marble dedicated to Andrew Haswell Green - a key figure in the history of Central Park and New York City. He is credited with saving the city from financial catastrophe. Green also played a significant role in choosing the park's design and served as the president and comptroller of the Park Board. He was also involved in the creation of many cultural institutions in the city, including the Metropolitan Museum and the American Museum of Natural History.

Task: In what year was this commemorative bench created?



Indeed! The initial design for the Andrew Haswell Green monument suggested including a fountain, columns crowned with eagles, and a bronze statue. Amid a period of numerous suggestions for additions to the Park, these elements were often considered excessively intricate. Therefore, the association proposed a more restrained concept, which involved a bench. This bench was installed in 1928.

Additionally, in 1998, on the centennial of New York City's consolidation, five maple trees were planted near it.

Task: Try to guess why exactly five trees were planted and what they symbolize.



With the bench, we're done, but it's too early to leave the hill! You've probably noticed a few stones arranged in a way that resembles a magical ritual or the remnants of a gathering.

Idea💡: Take a magical photo at this spot and press the "Next" button. If you decide to share this photo on social media 👉🏻 tag us @quiz.trip



Now you are ready to move forward! Central Park includes a system of footpaths, scenic drives, pedestrian walkways, and crossroads to facilitate traffic flow. It is easily accessible through several subway stations and bus routes. Continue your journey through the trees, safely cross the road, and... Wait! Answer a question!

Task: Which animal resembles a safe road crossing?



Now, turn left and keep walking straight until you reach the stone ruins that used to be something significant. Are you ready to find out what that was?

Press the 'Next' button when you're in position



During the War of 1812, this area housed a system of fortifications, including Fort Clinton, Battery Nutter, Fort Lee, and the Blockhouse. To control access to the road and defend against British attacks from the north, Americans built gates connected to the cliffs. What you see now are the remains of Battery Nutter. Ironically, these walls never experienced real warfare, standing idle and slowly deteriorating.

Pay attention and among the stone slabs, you may find the only object made of a different material that has been fixed here for centuries.

Task: What is this object?



In total, there were four forts in the defense system. You've already seen one, the place where Andrew Green's bench was, and you are currently at the second one. Unfortunately, you can only see the third one in photos - it's the Blockhouse, built in 1814, several decades before the idea of the park emerged. It's now the oldest surviving building in Central Park. As for the fourth fort, or rather its remains, you'll see them at the end of our quest! Are you looking forward to it?

Now, let's continue our journey! Leaving the metal nail behind, go to the left and descend the staircase. Go ahead until you see benches on your way; in front of them, there's an inconspicuous descent to the lake Harlem Meer - you need to go down to the water. Be careful, it's a temporary path right now - descend cautiously.

Press the 'Next' button when you're in position



Now, move along the lakeside, clockwise. You've probably already noticed the charming cottage on the opposite shore. That's Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. It was opened in 1993 and named in honor of Charles Andrew Dana, an American journalist and publisher, who was also one of the financial supporters of Central Park. Educational programs, various events, and fishing gear rental within the park are available here.

Don't miss out on crucial information at this way. That's where you'll find the answer to the new task: what kind of hooks, or more precisely, hooks with what, are prohibited for fishing in the local waters?

Task: What type of hooks and with what are prohibited in the waters of Central Park?



Now that you've familiarized yourself with the fishing rules, let's confidently move ahead until we reach the "Pool and Rink" sign. It should be somewhere around here.

Not far away you can see building of the Mother House and Academy for Girls. It was opened in 1847 by a religious community consisting of only 33 women, whose goal was to assist those in need.

Task: On what can you see this building?



Head up from the stone with a photograph and turn right after meeting the detective Steven McDonald.

Press ‘Next’ when you’ve turned!



Steven MacDonald, a NYPD detective, became a symbol of forgiveness after being shot and left paralyzed in 1986. Despite his physical limitations, he traveled and advocated for peace and forgiveness. He passed away in 2017, but his legacy as a symbol of hope and service remains significant.

Now, you just need to turn right again and climb up the hill.

Press the 'Next' button when you're in position.



We hope you haven't exhausted all your energy on such a steep ascent! Did you notice the weapons that adorn this hill? What are they called?

Task: Name this type of weaponry.



These cannons were used on a British ship that sank in the East River during the War of 1812. After an anonymous donation in 1865, they were installed at Fort Clinton in 1905, where they remained until 1996 when the Central Park Conservancy decided to store them to protect against vandalism.

In January 2013, while workers were cleaning them to place them where you are right now, they discovered that the cannons were fully loaded with 800 grams of gunpowder and a cannonball.

Now you're ready for the last, final, and challenging task?



Now you're ready for the final task! The Central Park Conservancy, a non-profit organization, is responsible for maintaining, managing, and improving Central Park in New York City. It was founded in 1980 with the goal of enhancing and preserving this historical and cultural city symbol. By decoding the cipher, you'll discover what was depicted on the organization's first logo.

Imagine you're in the center of giant clocks! Typically, clock hands move, but in our case, the hands are stationary - they are cannons. So, the clock face itself will move now.

For example, right now, the staircase represents the number 11 on the clock face. Can you picture it? Pay close attention to where the minute hand (the big cannon) and the hour hand (the small cannon) are pointing. The hour hand will point to a letter at position 4, and the minute hand will point to a letter at position 6.

Now, continue to change the clock face position according to the instructions below!

Remember the lamppost that displays fishing rules in the park area? Right now, that lamppost corresponds to the number 1. The hour hand will point to a letter at position 3, and the minute hand will point to a letter at position 12.

Recall the stone with a plaque dedicated to Steven MacDonald? Currently, that's represented by the number 11 on the clock face. The hour hand will point to a letter at position 7, and the minute hand will point to a letter at position 10.

The building on the opposite shore of the lake, where you can learn a lot about the park's history, named after Charles Andrew Dana - that's now number 12 on the clock face. The hour hand will point to a letter at position 5, and the minute hand will point to a letter at position 1.

Nutter’s Battery, where you easily found a metal nail, is number 9 on our imaginary clock face. The hour hand will point to a letter at position 9, and the minute hand will point to a letter at position 8.

And of course, the Mother House and Academy for Girls! That's number 8 on the clock face. The hour hand will point to a letter at position 2, and the minute hand will point to a letter at position 11.

Now you can easily write down what was depicted on the first logo of The Central Park Conservancy.




You are absolutely correct! The first logo depicted the Angel of the Waters fountain, which is located in Bethesda and is a very popular spot for walks in Central Park!

Your big and adventure-filled journey has come to an end! Congratulations on successfully completing it, and thank you for choosing our quest!

Idea💡: Capture a highly intense photo at this spot and click the “Next” button. If you choose to share this photo on social media, 👉🏻 tag us @quiz.trip

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North Central Park

Ancient bridges and arches, cozy, hidden places and historical sites - all this makes Central Park an unforgettable place to relax and walk. In today's quest, you will learn many interesting facts about the history of the park and see familiar places from a new angle.


Ancient bridges and arches, cozy, hidden places and historical sites - all this makes Central Park an unforgettable place to relax and walk. In today's quest, you will learn many interesting facts about the history of the park and see familiar places from a new angle.