Greyshot Arch is a bridge located in Central Park.
Greyshot Arch is located a short distance from Columbus Circle's "Merchants Gate," just inside the park not far from the Hotel Mayflower on Central Park West between 61st and 62nd Streets. When work began on the park grounds in the late 1850s, three areas became the focus of construction efforts: Fifth Avenue at 59th Street, the center of the park south of Vista Rock where the Belvedere stands, and the southwest corner at Eighth Avenue and 59th Street.
Carriage roads were laid out with their archways soon after the grading was completed. Most of Greyshot Arch was constructed in 1860. It is like Green Gap Arch, an early design by Calvert Vaux. The arch was in use by 1862, and the 100-foot-long sandstone balustrade was set in place a year later. Part of the balustrade is carved with stylized fleur-de-lis. Buttresses flank the archway, rising from curved supports to posts that have round tops in imitation of a modified boss with a diamond point. Modified bosses hod down the supports.
Greyshot Arch is faced with ornamental Westchester County variegated gneiss, a whitish-gray stone with veins of dark orange. It provides a contrast to the muted, earthy New Brunswick sandstone molding of the elliptical arch and balustrading above.The vaulted archway is lined with Philadelphia red brick and has a 30-foot, 6-inch-wide and 10-foot, 1-inch-high opening. Greyshot has a passage 80 feet long.
After witnessing the death of Hud, Robert Hawkins and Elizabeth McIntyre take cover underneath the Greyshot Arch before the HAMMER-DOWN Protocol begins. It is believed that the New Brunswick sandstone used in the bridge covered the camera and shielded it from further destruction during the Hammerdown Protocol.