By Carol Tannenhauser
Monday, July 25, 2022
Scattered thunderstorms, potentially severe, high 89 degrees.
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The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park is scheduled to close on October 16, due to “rising costs of labor and goods,” The New York Times reported. 163 employees will be let go, and countless New Yorkers will suffer the sadness that comes with another diminishment of our city.
Take heart, no matter what the New York Post says! The Boathouse will not really close, in our humble opinion; at least, not forever. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation won’t let it. As they found a new operator for Wollman Rink, they will find one for the Boathouse, “as soon as possible,” they told The Times. It means too much to a city that has faced so many losses and struggled so valiantly in the past few years to let it go.
Here’s how some Rag readers remember the Boathouse:
I will never forget the sound of every language chattering away competing with the clamor of silver forks and knives, against a backdrop of young lovers and families trying to navigate their way around the lake. Somehow, waiting for the food to arrive at the Boathouse was irrelevant.
For some, it was a place of consecration.
I married the love of my life at the Boathouse. The location was the first spot that came to mind when I started planning, because of its setting in one of the most magical places on Earth. We met in New York City, and spent a lot of time in Central Park, so it felt like a representation of us.
For some it was out of reach.
My husband and I loved that place though only went to the restaurant a couple of times. When we were getting married, we thought it would be grand to do it at the boathouse……until we found out how much it would cost…
Some never went.
Believe it or not I’ve never been to the Boathouse. Crazy. I hope someone good comes along to run it properly (even if it’s high end) since it’s too good a spot to lose forever. It’s a diamond in the rough, in my opinion.
All could appreciate its beauty.
[I remember] the rowboats bobbing on the lake, whether it’s sunny or cloudy, the glory of gazing at the steel of the skyline juxtaposed against the pale green patina of the Essex House in the distance, combined with hunger and the desire for a cool libation at the best table in town.
So, await its return with the hope of a bride who was married there.
I’m optimistic about the future of the Loeb Boathouse — I do hope whoever takes over will hire me as a consultant because I have a lot of great ideas…. and will only ask to hang up one photo from my wedding!
Thanks to Jules, Anna, Ann, and Sharon for the memories.
Note: Manny, one of the hosts, told us that “the rowboat rental concession will cease to be operational when the Boathouse closes — unless someone takes it over first,” he added.