Not a real castle, but it certainly is a beautiful addition to New York City's Central Park. I finally made it the park to photograph the Fall foliage.The trees were bursting with amber, crimson and saffron hues. The park is our oasis in a tall, enduring city of steel and concrete.
Belvedere Castle was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1867–1869. An architectural hybrid of Gothic and Romanesque styles, Vaux's design called for a Manhattan schist and granite structure with a corner tower with conical cap, with the existing lookout over parapet walls between them. Its name comes from belvedere, which means "beautiful view" in Italian.