19. You can fish there
Elizabeth Kaledin notes that “few people know that fishing is permitted in Central Park and that the Harlem Meer is the best place to fish.” Between April and October you can get a free fishing pole with your ID from the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center and start snagging carp, catfish, bass, pumpkinseed, chain pickerel, and black crappie to your hearts content. And then throw them back because it’s catch-and-release.
20. Hitler and Czar Nicholas II once lived in a secret government bunker underneath the park
JKJKJK, that’s just some conspiracy theory... prooooobably.
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Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist’s NYC Editor and you can find him this summer with a solo cup of Franzia, digging a weird hole in Sheep Meadow to get to that bunker. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter.