Living in New York is thrilling; you get hooked on the rapid, quick-fire lifestyle, but even the most loyal urbanites amongst us need to escape the daily grind – and where better than in the cities parks. So, sit back and relax as we take you to some of the top green spots in New York.
1. Central Park- Manhattan
Not a surprise to see this here! One of the most famous parks in the city and the fifth-largest by area. Surrounded by the highrises of Manhattan, yet retaining its verdant unspoiled landscape, it’s the perfect place for the exhausted visitor to fully recharge. The park also includes a number of attractions including the Central Park Zoo
Recommended spot: Bethesda Fountain.
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2. Prospect Park – Brooklyn
A stone’s throw from the leafy green neighbourhoods of Park Slope and Prospect Heights, this popular Brooklyn spot is a must for anyone in town. It was opened in 1867 and was designated a New York scenic landmark in 1975. It’s home to Brooklyn’s only forest, and for the dog lovers amongst you, there’s even a dog beach!
Recommended spot: Prospect Park Boathouse
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3. Inwood Hill Park – Manhattan
Thanks to its caves, valleys and ridges, Inwood Hill Park is arguably wilder than the famous Central Park. Visitors can take advantage of biking and hiking trails; for the twitchers amongst you, it’s one of the best places in New York to spot the American Bald Eagle.
Recommended Spot: Indian Caves
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4. Flushing Meadows- Corona Park
Finding this green spot won’t be hard; just look out for the famous Unisphere, designed by Gilmore D. Clarke, for the 1964 New York World Fair. The park is the fourth largest in New York and is home to a zoo, indoor ice rink and the New York Mets. Head to Meadow Lake to hire a kayak or even take sailing lessons.
Recommended Spot: Meadow Lake
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5. Brooklyn Bridge Park
Get your hashtags ready for this one! Brooklyn Bridge Park offers views over the city that any Instagram fanatic will envy. It’s the perfect place to watch a sunset and share a catch up with a mate, or that special someone – wink wink.
Recommended Spot: Harbour view lawn.
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6. Hudson River Park
Events, relaxation, culture, dining – this park has it all! Situated on the shores of the mighty Hudson river, it’s a great place to enjoy the outdoors, whatever the weather. The park extends over numerous public piers each packed with an eclectic mix of activities. If you’re a wino, make your way over to the City Vineyard, on Pier 26, for some quaffable tipples.
Recommended Spot: Habitat Garden
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