An area of Central Park that has been closed off to the public for decades recently reopened on a limited basis for tours. The 4-acre Hallett Sanctuary, initially closed off to the public by Robert Moses in 1934, has been restored by the Central Park Conservancy.
The sanctuary is located just South of Wollman Rink, around 60th to 62nd street toward the East side of the park. The conservancy has removed invasive plants from the area and reintroduced native plants. Otherwise, they’ve taken a hands-off approach; trees felled by Hurricane Sandy remain in place, instead of being removed like in the rest of the park.
(Of course, Central Park isn’t really “wild” at all. Humans designed the whole thing.)
The conservancy allows people to wander around Hallett during open hours from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays in May and June. No groups, dogs, bikes or strollers allowed. On various days, people can also take tours, which cost $15 (or $10 for members). Check the calendar to see the schedule.
Watch a video about the area below, and check out more pictures at Untapped Cities.