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A Secret Section of Central Park Is Finally Open To the Public

Published On 05/11/2016 Published On 05/11/2016

Central Park is so vast that you can easily spend hours roaming all over and still feel like you haven't seen some parts. And, apparently, you can live in NYC for years without even knowing that a part of the park even exists. That's because a small section of Central Park has been closed off and kept as secret for more than 80 years, but now, park officials are finally making it open to the public.

As explained in a report by The New York Times, a 4-acre stretch of land that juts into The Pond at the southeast corner of the park has been fenced off and isolated since the 1930s, when then-Parks Commissioner Robert Moses designated it as a bird sanctuary. Unless you're a pigeon or some other sort of park dwelling creature, you've probably never set foot on the peninsula, which was renamed the Hallett Nature Sanctuary in 1986. Even then, the overgrown area received little maintenance, but thanks to the Central Park Conservancy's $40 million Woodland's Initiative, it now features a new gate, new pathways, and a new irrigation system to support newly instituted native plants, per the report.

Best of all, the sanctuary is now open to the public -- but only from 2pm to 5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through June 30th, according to the CPC's website. After that, the hours will change slightly, with the third day of access moving from Friday to Sunday. Although you probably won't plan a trip to Central Park around getting inside, it's certainly something you should check out the next time you find yourself there, if you can. Maybe this is where the pigeon lady from Home Alone 2 has been hiding this whole time.

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and is actually looking forward to . Send news tips to news@thrillist.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.

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