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The Reservoir

The Reservoir (127)

In the middle of Central Park, on 86th Street, a large oasis appears before the visitor's eyes: the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. 

A reservoir extension of 40 hectares, built in 1862 to provide fresh water to Manhattan's inhabitants. In fact, until 1991 this reservoir supplied drinking water to much of New York, but is now obsolete, although it still contains more than 2 billion litres of water.

The Reservoir is by far the largest lake in Central Park and, since 1994, it is named after the former first lady, who used to come and run around this oasis.

Indeed, this is one of the exercises that are mostly practiced in this area, since the Reservoir offers joggers a 1.5-mile trail, where to run freely, surrounded by nature and peace. If you would like to join them, it is essential that you respect the rules and run in a counter-clockwise direction.

If you are not passionate about running, it is still worth a visit to enjoy its magnificent views of skyscrapers and breath-taking sunsets. But it is most spectacular in autumn and spring, with the changing colour of the leaves and the passing migratory birds.

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