Central Park Sayings and Quotes

In Manhattan, outdoor space comes at a premium. For this reason, it's no wonder that New Yorkers love Central Park. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and humorous Central Park quotes praising New Yorker’s beloved backyard.

Only criminals and madmen walk into Central Park after midnight...or, occasionally, an actor.     

Jane Dentinger

I discovered the jungle of Central Park—between the 60s and 70s, on the west side. In the afternoons, Sundays especially, a parade of hunters prowled that area—or they would sit or lie on the grass waiting for that day’s contact.     

John Rechy

You can get the true essence of New Yorkers by just hanging out in Central Park.     

Andy Roddick

My favorite place is Central Park because you never know what you're going to find there. I also like that when I look out the windows of surrounding hotels, it's seems like I'm looking out over a forest.     

Haley Joel Osment

Central Park is the grandiose symbol of the front yard each child in New York hasn't got.     

Robert Benchley

I may be a lifelong 'downtowner,' but Central Park really is the most amazing and the most beautiful part of New York City.     


I just want to go through Central Park and watch folks passing by. Spend the whole day watching people. I miss that.     

Barack Obama

On numerous visits to Manhattan, I have found myself poking around the city trying to find a moment of quiet and once located a hint of it in Central Park during a windless, late-night snowfall. There I stood absolutely still in the lemon glow of the city, a sky full of snow. The city still roared from all sides, a thousand noises compressed down to just one. I counted that distant, mild roar as quiet, a welcome relief from the more pressing noises of the daytime city.     

Craig Childs

I've been riding the carousel in Central Park since I was five years old. If I'm very depressed or if something's bothering me today, my husband, Larry, and I go back to the park. We get on the carousel horse and we start riding, and I start singing at the top of my lungs. It is pure and absolute joy and happiness.     

Eda Leshan

My idea of gambling was walking through Central Park, whistling show tunes.     

Tommy Tune