Wikipedia wrote:Belvedere Castle is a folly in Central Park in Manhattan, New York City. It contains exhibit rooms and an observation deck, and since 1919, also houses the official Central Park weather station. Its name comes from belvedere, which means "beautiful view" in Italian.
The castle caps Vista Rock, a 130-foot-tall outcropping of schist and the park's second-highest natural elevation. Constructed of Manhattan schist quarried in the park and dressed with gray granite, it tops the natural-looking woodlands of The Ramble, as seen from the formal Bethesda Terrace. The Castle serves now as a visitor center and gift shop.
Last Friday I took a trip into Central Park with a friend of mine for a location scouting session. He's doing a street photography tour with some photo friends of his. Since I was more familiar with the area than he was I wanted to show him some of the more picturesque areas of the park. The trip was to culminate at the castle. Unfortunately for us the castle was closed to the public for some overdue renovations. I should have done my homework better I suppose. At least I was able to get these gorgeous shots of the place.
I debated removing the background buildings in the second shot but ultimately decided against it. My thought was that while it would have enhanced the castle, anyone familiar with such an iconic view would immediately know the buildings were missing. Anyhow, enjoy the views.