Central Park visitors to get soaked in giant water fight this month

Waterfight in Central Park

Ah the waterfight, a perennial childhood favorite. Every year we’d fill up our water guns and run around soaking a sibling or maybe the kid from across the street. It was fun but it never seemed to compare to the giant, all-out water wars you saw on Nickelodeon. Now, all these years later, your childhood fantasy is about to come true. On July 30th from 2 to 5pm, New Yorkers will swarm Central Park’s Great Lawn sporting water guns, super soakers, buckets full of water, and spray bottles (but not water balloons – they’re banned because of the mess they leave) with one mission: getting everyone really wet.

If you’d like to join in the fun, check out the Official Event Page on Facebook. You’ll find rules, recommendations about what to bring, and event merchandise.

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Video of Black Eyed Peas in Central Park

Black Eyed Peas fans weren’t about to let the rain drive them away from Friday night’s Central Park concert. The concert was originally scheduled for June 9 on the Great Lawn but was cancelled because of lightening. At the time, thousands of adoring fans shouted “we won’t go” in protest and refused to leave the lawn.

Friday night’s fans cheered just as loudly. As always we’ve scoured the web for the best Youtube bootlegs and this time we’ve struck gold. Not only can you see audience video from the audience but you also get video from the stage! Check it out:

Concert Opening

Will freestyles then sings Imma Be with Taboo, Fergie and Apple

Imma Be

Don’t Stop the Party

Black Eyed Peas Central Park Concert Recorded On Stage by Taboo

Full Concert and Backstage Interviews Recorded by Google

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Central Park Face Lift: Before and After

Last week we reported on the revitalization of Central Park’s East Lawn. The post talks specifically about the destruction done to Central Park by 1970 and how the Central Park Conservancy restored many of the parks most beloved locations including The Great Lawn. In this post we bring you evidence of the sad state the park was in and how wonderful it looked after the Conservancy saved it. Bring out the before and after shots (click on them to make them larger):

Sheep Meadow

Sheep Meadow Before Restoration

Sheep Meadow Before Restoration

Sheep Meadow Restored 1980

Sheep Meadow Restored 1980

Oak Bridge

Oak Bridge Before Restoration

Oak Bridge Before Restoration

Oak Bridge 2009

Oak Bridge 2009

Heckscher Playground

Heckscher Playground Before Restoration

Heckscher Playground Before Restoration

Heckscher Playground Restored 2006

Heckscher Playground Restored 2006

Great Lawn

Great Lawn Before Restoration

Great Lawn Before Restoration

Great Lawn Restored 1997

Great Lawn Restored 1997

Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle Before Restoration

Belvedere Castle Before Restoration

Belvedere Castle Restored 1983

Belvedere Castle Restored 1983

The Dairy

The Dairy Before Restoration

The Dairy Before Restoration

The Dairy Restored 1981

The Dairy Restored 1981

Photos courtesy of Central Park Conservancy Flickr Feed.

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