There are over 25,000 trees in the park, in many different shapes, sizes, and species. Some are big, some are small, and some (if you believe local legend) will be more than happy to tell you where the nearest subway station is located. .
Knowledge Trees are considered by most to be another Central Park myth, like restroom wolves and safe playgrounds. But students of park folklore are all too familiar with the tales of sentient trees speaking to park goers that have been passed down through the generations. The stories collected over the years have shown the Knowledge Trees to be well versed on a wide variety of subjects:
One tall London Plane near the conservatory regularly lectures picnickers on the history of the ancient Roman aqueduct system.
A White Spruce on the bridle path near 94th street knows all about Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.
A Spanish Oak on the great lawn once talked an NYU student out of changing her major to Anthropology.
A Sycamore Maple by the boat pond was overheard reciting the entire discography of the Canadian progressive rock band Rush.
Though no trees have reportedly shared with humans never revealed secrets of the universe or proof a higher being, a few have offered fantastic household tips on furnishing an apartment on a budget, or hosting a dinner party your friends will never forget.
So listen up the next time you’re in Central Park! Maybe you’ll hear a Knowledge Tree speaking to you!