The Obelisk, nicknamed Cleopatra’s Needle, is the oldest man-made object in Central Park, and the oldest outdoor monument in New York City. Though often referred to by its nickname, Cleopatra’s, this ancient artifact was in fact commissioned by Pharaoh Thutmosis III around 1450 BC in celebration of his 3rd jubilee. Read more at Central Park Conservancy and at New York City Parks.

You may be interested in Martin Langfield’s Mysteries of the Obelisks in Forgotten New York.

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Cleopatra’s Needle in Central Park on a postcard published in 1917. Source: Museum of the City of New York’s Collections Blog