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A scenery of trees and a bridge.

Central Park

Central Park is home to the city's largest Pokemon nest. It's previous inhabitants include Electabuzz, Chikorita and Kabuto. The park spans for 51 city blocks for a total of 2.5 miles (That's 4 kilometers for our metric system friends.) I could say that the park has the most Pokestops of any park in the city but that would misleading. Central Park's Pokestop density pales in comparison to the surrounding city blocks. In other words, if you are looking to stock up on items, you are better off scouring the streets.


History

Central Park is the best-known park in America and an iconic part of New York City. Visitors will find the park's open spaces and lush scenery a surprising contrast to the city of concrete and steel that surrounds it. What is even more surprising is Central Park is completely man-made. Every avenue of trees, piece of rich scenery, and motionless body of water was a feat of engineering. Behind the genius of the park are Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, two designers, who transformed a barren wasteland in to a public eden.

An old photograph of Central Park featuring a bridge.

An old photograph of Central Park featuring a bridge.


Throughout the park's history it faced numerous financial problems and was left to deteriorate for years. There were many proposals to replace the park ranging from housing developments to an airport. Eventually Robert Moses, the city parks commissioner at the time, saved the park by obtaining the federal funding to restore the park's romantic landscapes and historical structures. Today, twenty-five million people visit the park every year, more than any other urban park in America.

Transportation

Depending on where you want to go, Central Park is accessible via many subways lines. If you want to stop by Grand Army Plaza then you want to stop at the 5 Av station via the N, R or W trains.

Subway trains near Central Park

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Biomes

The park contains several water biomes. Some of these are plainly named "The Pond", "The Lake", and the "Jacqueline Kennedy Onasiss Reservoir" (aka The Reservoir). If you're looking for some candies to top off your Gyarados then these are the places to go. Water biomes also will occasionally spawn Dratini so look out for them on your tracker. Water biomes in the park commonly spawn Poliwag, Slowbro, Goldeen, Staryu, Marill, and Chinchou.

Dipiction of the water biome spawns.

An artist's rendition of the Pokemon near the Reservior.


The largest water biome in the park is the Reservoir. The 1.58 mi (2.5 km) running track surrounding the Reservoir makes it ideal for an afternoon stroll. Mind the track direction.


Fun Fact

President Bill Clinton once ran on the reservoir track. The former president loved running but it was a complete nightmare for his Secret Service detail. Whenever Clinton wanted to go for a run, his Secret Service detail would all also go for a run. Not only that but that all had to run carrying all their heavy weapons and be alert and ready to attack anyone that would attack the president.


The park in it's entirety is a park biome but the only Pokemon that has a significant uptick in spawn is Oddish. If you're looking to add a Bellossom to your Pokedex, this is a great place to do that. Other than that you are going to see the typical park biome Pokemon. This includes grass and bug type Pokemon like Bellsprout, Paras, Caterpie, Exeggcute, Chikorita, and Hoppip. Eevee is also known for showing up more often in park biomes.


In addition to the Central Park nest, there are two verified nests within and near Central Park. They are at "The Dene" near the Central Park Zoo and at the American Museum of Natural History. The Dene has previously been home to Misdreavus and Girafrig. The Natural History Museum had been home to Charmander for several migrations. (At the time of writing this, it's a Doduo nest.)


Central Park is a excellent place to take a careless stroll hunting for Pokemon while also getting away from the traffic and noise of the city. There is plenty to see on the way ranging from the scenic landscapes to the historical landmarks and structures. It makes for an ideal conclusion for they day's Pokemon adventure.



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