Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #44

Belvedere Castle

Architect: Calvert Vaux
Style: Gothic Revival
Use: Visitor Center
Opened: 1869
Borough: Manhattan

Originally used as a weather-watching center, this granite-clad Manhattan schist castle is now a visitor center, staffed by the Central Park Conservancy. Standing atop Vista Rock, the second highest natural elevation in the park, the castle provides magnificent views of Turtle Pond, the Great Lawn, the Delacorte Theatre, and the skylines on all sides of the park. It has appeared in movies from The Bostonians to The Smurfs and in TV shows from Naked City to Sesame Street.

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