New York’s pleasant summer weather and low crowds make it the ideal season to get outside. Fortunately, Concrete Grove has plenty of parks in every part of the island to run, walk your dog or commune with nature. While Central Park is probably the most visited, photographed and talked about park in the city, there are many other outdoor green spaces dotted throughout the city’s diverse neighborhoods. Let’s take a look at some of the best places in Manhattan.
Arl Schurz Park
Few people know this neighborhood jewel, a favorite of Upper East Siders, especially those who live on York and East End Avenues in the Far East. Showcasing lush gardens, sculptures, and the elegant Gracie Mansion – the official residence of New York’s mayor – wraps around the East River from 84th to 90th Streets and borders. Carl Schultz also offers a dog park, a playground, plenty of lawn space for sunbathing, and a calm walk along the water, an excellent place to stroll or jog.
Fort Tryon Park
This 67-acre Washington Heights (Manhattan) park sits on the banks of the magnificent Hudson River, stretching from West 192nd Street to Dyckman. this gift was designed in the 1930s by the famous Olmsted brothers of Central Park, and designed by John Davidson Rockefeller. The vast conspiracy was named after Governor Sir William Tryon to commemorate the British victory in the Fort Washington siege. In addition to dozens of landscaped trails with stunning Hudson River views, there is a garden planted with over 500 species of plants and cloisters in the park. This cultural institution is a sister outpost of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and exhibits a large collection of medieval works.
Tompkins Square Park
It’s hard to believe that this East Village park was once filled with crime. Today, however, Tompkins Square Park is a haven for residents living in the neighborhood and for out-of-towners passing through. Located between Avenue a and Avenue b, from East 7th Street to 10th Street, in the heart of Alphabet City, the park’s unique urban setting creates the perfect backdrop for annual gatherings such as the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and the author Allen Ginsberg, who wrote in honor of the Howl Festival. Each October, Tompkins Square Park’s Halloween Dog Parade features fabulous dog costumes for dog lovers.
Located at the southern end of Lower Manhattan, Battery Park (formerly known as Battery Park) is the premier park for residents of Battery Park City. The waterfront Esplanade has a long history dating back to the 19th century when it was a landing spot for millions of immigrants. Although the expansive views are the most attractive, many people take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Highlighting the tranquility of New York Harbor and the adjacent waterfront, the Battery is one of the most inviting outdoor spaces in New York City.
Washington Square Park
This Greenwich Village park is famous for its appearance on the silver screen in When Harry Met Sally and many other movies, and it is probably one of New York’s most beloved landmarks. Located in the heart of NYU’s Washington Square campus, it is also one of New York’s most famous neighborhoods, attracting chess players, tattoo artists, musicians, and many people interested in seeing and enjoying the quintessential country atmosphere. At the entrance, the majestic arch pays homage to George Washington, the park’s namesake, as it dominates Lower Fifth Avenue. This beautiful fountain is an enchanting centerpiece and a place for people of all ages to gather.