Gapstow Bridge in Central Park

Gapstow Bridge in February of 2005, with Christo's Gates.

The gracefully-shaped Gapstow Bridge arches over the northeast end of the Pond, framing the picturesque scene. This is the second bridge of the same name on this site. The original, whose design is attributed to Jacob Wrey Mould, was built in 1874. One of the most unusual bridges in the Park, it was made of stone abutments, with cast-iron filigree and two semi-circular wooden arches. The wooden arches and flooring deteriorated, and the bridge was replaced in 1896 by the present simple stone structure made from unadorned Manhattan schist (the local bedrock).


The Gapstow Bridge is located in the northeast end of the Pond.