We've got mad love for Central Park. From its sheer dopeness to the many splendid things that took us forever to discover, Central Park is the bee's knees of New York City.

Needless to say, it's friggin' huge, but it's not impossible to navigate the Park if you know where to look

Turns out, not only are those iron lamp posts in Central Park part of the park’s beauty and charm, but they also hold a secret.

The show “Secrets of America’s Favorite Places: Central Park” unveiled the secret this past Sunday on the Discovery Family Channel.

The New York Post reported that the show revealed the secret of the early 20th century lamp posts: the numbers on the base. 

We all know how easy it is to get lost in Central Park. There’s nothing that makes us feel like less of New Yorkers, but the truth is, it happens to the best of us. 

But now, if you’re ever lost, there’s no need to panic. Just check the number on the base and you’ll know your location.

The first two or three numbers indicate the closest cross street, and the last number indicates what side of town you’re on. 


So, an odd number would indicate that you’re on the west side, while an even number tells you you’re on the east.

These lampposts were designed by Henry Bacon in 1907, and their beauty, both blatant and secret, live on. 

[via Curbed NY] [Feature Image Courtesy SpringCity.com]