Bow Bridge, New York

History of Bow Bridge

The Bow Bridge/ˈboʊ/ is a cast iron bridge located in Central Park, New York City, crossing over the Lake and used as a pedestrian walkway.

It is decorated with an interlocking circles banister, with eight planting urns on top of decorative bas-relief panels. Intricate arabesque elements and volutes can be seen underneath the span arch. Its 87-foot-long (27 m) span is the longest of the park’s bridges, though the balustrade is 142 feet (43 m) long. While other bridges in Central Park are inconspicuous, the Bow Bridge is made to stand out from its surroundings. The Bow Bridge is also the only one of Central Park’s seven ornamental iron bridges that does not traverse a bridle path.

The bridge was designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould, and completed in 1862. It was restored in 1974.


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