It’s finals week at Chapman University, and as always during this time, there is palpable anxiety sparking in the air. So yes, there I was in the library imagining myself somewhere over the rainbow. I tapped my heels together and thought, “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like New York City.”

This week’s secret, and part two of We Aren’t in SoCal Anymore, is my favorite gem conveniently located just over the rainbow, right in the heart of the central borough of Manhattan, New York City.

Central Park.


Encompassing 841 acres of land in the midst of urban bliss, Central Park was originally intended to be a refuge for New York’s residents during periods of rapid expansion in the big apple. Two hundred years later, this park remains the same getaway to tourists and locals alike. As the park expanded over time, numerous treasures arose within the rod iron gates. Zoos, and architecture, and really pretty bodies of water, oh my!

My first stop in Central Park fell down a rabbit hole and landed on a concrete platform. According to the Central Park website, Alice (from Wonderland because do we even know another Alice?) and friends “found their way to Central Park in 1959, when philanthropist George Delacorte commissioned this bronze statue as a gift to the children of New York City.” I felt chills rise up my spine as I noticed a child reading the nonsensical poem, The Jabberwocky, which is inscribed on the bronze. This statue is a favorite among children, young and old, and can be found on the east side of the park near 75th street.


As I strolled further along the cement path, past the bridge that was most definitely featured in practically every episode of Law and Order SVU, I spied voluptuous, blossoming trees across the small body of water. Like any lover of photography, I immediately gravitated towards the unique Yoshino Cherry trees. These trees were the highlight of my amazing experience exploring the oasis located in the middle of the concrete jungle.image3037

Sadly, I didn’t get to explore Central Park to its entirety, but I can say with confidence that I will be back. I hate to break away from this amazing daydream and return back to reality so abruptly, but I have to go take my last final of Junior Year…wish me luck!

Check back next week for another amazing Secret of SoCal.

And remember- Take Care of This Moment.


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