The man in the Santa suit greeting families in Central Park is an 82-year-old photographer from the Upper East Side, but he is no fraud. Everything from Ed Bobrow’s snow-white beard to his warm personality is real.
Bobrow is a Central Park Conservancy volunteer and every year, he transforms into the Central Park Santa Claus, taking pictures with children at Belvedere Castle and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in the park. His dedication to his volunteer work stems from his deep love for the park. It’s where he and his wife spent so much time together and adopted a bench, and it’s where he produces some of his favorite photographs.
I spoke with Bobrow about being Santa, his photography and his wife.