This Secret Trick Will Keep You From Getting Lost in Central Park Forever

Covering 843 acres, New York City Central Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world. It’s so big that people often turn around and get confused as they walk through it. Fortunately, there is a hidden navigation method.

As Mental Floss points out in one of its videos , you should keep an eye on the number codes found on the base of every lamppost in the park. The first two or three digits of each code tell you which street you are closest to. The last number tells you if you are on the east or west side of the park. Odd means West, and even means East. So, for example, if you look at a lamppost with the numbers “7021” it means that you are near 70th Street on the west side. You can now explore the entire 1.3 square miles of landscape beauty without worry.

Update: The square mileage calculation was incorrect and has been changed since then.


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