How To Shop Like A Pro With Holiday Cheer (And See The Harlem Meer!)

Every holiday season it’s the same struggle. Lost packages. Delayed shipping. Low inventory. 

Purchases coming from across the country. 

For those looking to avoid the hassle, how about considering what might be obvious: shopping in-store? 

While this solution might seem a bit analog and overly crowded, have you ever considered buying your gifts in Central Park? 

That’s right!

Whether you live in Harlem or the Bronx, the Upper West or East Side, or even in Staten Island and New Jersey, or one of the 5 million annual tourists who comes to Harlem a visit to Central Park can be incredibly productive.

Take in the changing season with a relaxing stroll through the Park and visit any of the four in-Park retail and visitor centers. Need gifts under $15Holiday-themed presents?

These locations are stocked for everyone. 

  1. Dana Center: east side at 110th Street in Harlem
  2. Belvedere Castle: mid-Park at 79th Street 
  3. Dairy Visitor Center and Gift Shop: mid-Park at 65th Street (open 7-days per week) 
  4. Columbus Circle Kiosk: west side at 59th Street (open 7-days per week) 

And the cherry on top? Every purchase goes in support of the Central Park Conservancy in helping it care for and maintain our city’s most iconic public park. 

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