Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Huddlestone Arch - Central Park

Huddlestone Arch - Central Park, April 7, 2010
Keith Nelson, Rob Hickman, Kyle Petersen, Andy Peterson, John Jessmon, John Wyffels,

To many observers, Huddlestone is the most remarkable Arch in the park. From some angles, it resembles a natural cave. It rests on neither mortar nor metal supports and is made of immense natural boulders, some of which weigh up to 20 tons. It has withstood traffic from horses, buggies, and unicycles on up to the SUV era. Huddlestone is marred only by the overshadowing Lasker Rink, built in the 1950s despite protests by park conservationists.

Location: takes park path under East Drive near the Lasker Rink at about 107th Street. Built: 1866 by Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould. Made of native schist boulders and held together by gravity and friction.

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