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The New York Central Park Area

Originally inhabited by the Lenape people, it was first seen by European eyes when Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrassano came across it in 1524. But it was Henry Hudson, after whom the Hudson River is named, who mapped the area in 1609. In 1624 Dutch settlers arrived and settled on Governors Island, founding New Netherland. Fort Amsterdam was built on Manhattan in 1625 to protect the settlers. This became New Amsterdam, which was designated the capital of the New Netherland colony. Manhattan was purchased by Peter Minuit, the Dutch West India Company director-general of New Amsterdam for 60 guilders worth of trade goods from the Lenape.

On September 8, 1664, New Amsterdam was renamed New York in honor of the Duke of York after English forces captured the city. The Dutch recaptured the city in August 1673, renaming it New Orange, though it returned to the English and its English name in November 1674 with the Treaty of Westminster. During the Revolutionary War, Manhattan and all of what would become New York City was controlled by the British after the New York Campaign, and was turned over to George Washington only after the Revolutionary War ended. It was the fifth capital of the United States under the Articles of Confederation and the first capital under the Constitution of the United States.

The character of New York Central Park has been formed in a variety of ways, from immigration giving rise to a wide variety of ethnic communities, including Little Italy, Koreatown, and Chinatown, among others, to bohemian subcultures often connected to the arts and theatre. It is a global center of the arts as well as a global financial  center, an incredible mixture of groups and individuals, personalities and places that make New York Central Park—and all of New York City—unlike anyplace else on earth. 

Hotel Services & Amenities

While enjoying the sights and sounds of Manhattan and the Upper West Side, you will welcome our comfortable pillow-top beds when you stay with us at the La Quinta Inn & Suites New York Central Park. While you’re relaxing in our spacious rooms, you will be able to enjoy premium cable channels on our flat screen TVs. And each room has a hair dryer, a coffee maker, free local calls, free Wi-Fi, and an iron and ironing board.

The business traveler will find our business center convenient for their needs. If you forgot something at home or need a snack, we have a Sundry Shop full of goodies. Be sure to get your free Bright Side Breakfast™ first thing in the morning!

Attractions Near New York Central Park

The La Quinta Inn & Suites New York Central Park is located incredibly close to Central Park and almost equally close to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium. We are also near the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Central Park Zoo, Carnegie Hall, Julliard, The Eugene O’Neill Theater, Broadway, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Grand Central Station, the Museum of Modern Art, Madison Square Garden, and the Empire State Building.

Indeed, it would be difficult to list all of the attractions in Manhattan alone, let alone the rest of New York City. On the opposite side of Central Park from us are the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Galerie New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Academy Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York, all along 5th Avenue. One can just walk around New York and see all of the wondrous architecture.

If you are hungry, need a cup of tea or coffee, or are looking to relax with a drink for the evening, you will also find a large number of fantastic restaurants, coffee and tea houses, and lounges that will satisfy any palate. There are also a great many nearby shops where you can find practically anything you desire. From high end dining to hotdog stands, and various ethnic neighborhoods where you can find some truly unique dining and shopping, there are plenty of things to do when you visit Central Park.