Did you know you can camp in Central Park? How cool is that?
Apparently the City Parks Department each year holds a lottery for families who want to camp overnight in Central Park and seven other parks in the city. They limit it to 30 groups and hold a lottery, so if you want to spend the night sleeping under the stars on June 10 you need to get in the drawing to be held June 1.
Now, let's be clear: You're bidding to camp in Central Park legally. I can't tell you how many mornings I've come out with the dogs and discovered unofficial "urban campers" sleeping atop rocks or in wooded areas of the park. All have been harmless, and most just want to be left alone (i.e. don't let your dogs pee on me, please). Still, the first time you stumble onto one of them, it can be pretty startling.