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Posted: Oct 12, 2021

Our Favorite Parks in NYC

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Yes, we love the concrete jungle, but sometimes we need/we CRAVE some greenery. And when that craving hits, this is where we’re headed.

01

Astoria Park

at Shore & Ditmars Blvd (19th St), Astoria, NY 11106

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Astoria Park is as lively as Astoria itself. Complete with grassy lawns for picnicking, bike paths for biking, and walking trails for exploring, the park has a little bit of something for everyone. Sunsets here are ideal, and in the summer, you can catch a movie on the big screen with neighbors and dogs and a colorful summer sky all around you.

02

Fort Greene Park

Washington Pk (btwn Myrtle & DeKalb Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11217

Fort Greene Park

Fun fact: Fort Greene Park was unofficially used by residents as a recreational space as early as 1813, and was officially named a park in 1847, making it Brooklyn’s first! Since then, the park has added recreational spaces, open meadows, and playgrounds. Throughout the year, they also host a collection of events meant to enrich the neighborhood.

03

Washington Square Park

W 4th St (btwn MacDougal St & University Pl), New York, NY 10012

Washington Square Park

W 4th St (btwn MacDougal St & University Pl), New York, NY 10012

When you mention Washington Square Park to New Yorkers, several words may come to mind. But one is always consistent across the board: eclectic. Washington Square Park is where you will find students, skaters, stoners, street chess players, street vendors, artists of every medium, and much more. It's almost like a microcosm of the entire city. Because of that, the people-watching is top-notch, and we bet that in less than just 15 minutes, you'll make a new friend (or enemy?).

04

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Great Lakes Ct (Dwight Eisenhower Promenade), Queens, NY 11368

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This one may be up for debate, but for us, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the park most apt for adventure. With New York Hall of Science, Arthur Ashe Stadium and Citi Field all nestled within its 897 acres of land, there’s always an abundance of activities to choose from. In addition, the park also has a zoo, a boating lake, a skate park, a barbecue area, playfields, and a $66 million aquatic and hockey center. Really - need we say more here?

05

Bryant Park

E 42nd St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY 10018

Bryant Park

Bryant Park is cozily perched behind the magnificent Main Branch building of the NYPL, seemingly acting as its unofficial back yard. With its classic collection of forest green metal tables and chairs sprinkled throughout, the space feels cozy and inviting rather than cluttered. Whether you go for a lunch break, a mid-afternoon coffee, or to catch one of their winter or summer events, there is always something for everyone at this little oasis in the heart of the otherwise chaos of Midtown.

06

Prospect Park

Prospect Park W/SW (Flatbush Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11215

Prospect Park

Prospect Park W/SW (Flatbush Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11215

Prospect Park is to Brooklyn what Central Park is to Manhattan. A staple of the borough, visitors come to the park for all sorts of reasons. We love the Boathouse, where you can sit on the steps, have the sun hit your face, and enjoy the simple joie de vivre of people walking past. Musicians often stop by to serenade visitors as well. However you choose to spend a day here, we guarantee it will be a relaxing one.

07

High Line

btwn Gansevoort & W 34th St (btwn 10th & 12th Ave), New York, NY 10011

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A stroll in this park is no ordinary one. It's more of a walkway rather, even a looking glass, into the windows of some of New York's most expensive, chicest residences that's filled with murals, sculptures, and lush landscaping along the way.

All of this occurs on a once-abandoned, above-ground, railroad track. Sounds cool? It is. This is the high-line, and tourists and locals alike flock to this walking path, impressed by its unique ambiance. Best of all? It's the most scenic route to get you from North to South (or the reverse) on the West Side.

08

Pier 45 - Hudson River Park

Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10014

Pier 45 - Hudson River Park

Walk all the way west on Christopher Street and you'll hit Hudson River Park's Pier 45. It has an expansive lawn begging to picnic'd on, outdoor showers, artful shade structures, and is known for hosting free community programming (like live music and dancing).

09

Brooklyn Bridge Park

334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Bridge Park

334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Strolling into Brooklyn Bridge Park might feel like you've just stepped foot onto the set of Mary Poppins (the original, obv). With its stunning glass carousel, skyline views, lush walking paths and lawns, and art installations, there’s just something a little magical about it.

10

Tompkins Square Park

E 7th St to E 10th St (btwn Ave A & B), New York, NY 10009

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Tompkins Square Park is still grungy, and we love it all the more for that. Despite the gentrification of the surrounding area, this patch of green has maintained its unassuming feel and remains home to neighborhood locals, artists, skaters, and anyone else who happens to pass through. Enjoy 10.5 acres of OG New York amid a lush green background.

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