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  • Historic Tavern on the Green Becomes Visitors' Center

    A man chats on his phone outside the new Tavern on the Green Visitors Center, Oct. 19, 2010. The New York City landmark is back in business, but not as a restaurant. Once among the most glamorous spots to eat in the city, the bankrupt Tavern closed last year and sat empty for several months before opening as a Central Park visitors center. Celebrities may no longer be flocking to the famed Crystal Room, now demolished, but the center, which opened Oct. 15, is proving to be a restful spot for many tourists to buy New York souvenirs and learn about the park.
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  • Historic Tavern on the Green Becomes Visitors' Center

    The Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck is one of four gourmet food trucks parked in what was once the tavern's Crystal Room, known for spectacular glass walls and twinkling chandeliers. The new trucks serve tacos, dumplings, ice cream, sandwiches and gourmet soup.
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  • Historic Tavern on the Green Becomes Visitors' Center

    People take advantage of the freshly renovated Tavern on the Green space, which is now a visitors center. As a restaurant, the space was shielded from the average Central Park passerby with heavy landscaping. Now, it opens to a view of Sheep Meadow.
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  • Historic Tavern on the Green Becomes Visitors' Center

    Inside the new visitors center, students on a field trip check out a model of Central Park and explore the gift shop, Oct. 19, 2010.
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  • Historic Tavern on the Green Becomes Visitors' Center

    Ryan and Misty Gibson view a miniature model of Central Park at the Tavern on the Green Visitors Center, Oct. 19, 2010. The couple said they spent their 4th wedding anniversary in the Crystal Room at the Tavern on the Green restaurant. "We're glad it's not sitting empty, but it's a bit sad, too," Ryan Gibson said of the transition from historic restaurant to visitors center.
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  • Historic Tavern on the Green Becomes Visitors' Center

    Kate Rubery browses books while on vacation from Texas at the Tavern on the Green Visitors Center, Central Park, in New York City.
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  • Historic Tavern on the Green Becomes Visitors' Center

    Central Park items are shown for sale at the Tavern on the Green Visitors Center, Oct. 19, 2010.
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  • Historic Tavern on the Green Becomes Visitors' Center

    Justin, left, and Emma Simonich chat with Carrie Lee, a Tavern on the Green visitors services representative, at the new Tavern on the Green Visitors Center, Oct. 19, 2010. The couple live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and said they wanted to check out the new center after seeing it on the news.
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  • Historic Tavern on the Green Becomes Visitors' Center

    A customer browses the Tavern on the Green Visitors Center gift shop. All the center profits go to maintaining the facility and other areas of Central Park.
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  • Historic Tavern on the Green Becomes Visitors' Center

    An illustration of the establishment from days gone by is now available in the visitors center gift shop.
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