So this week we are venturing to Manhattan! I am your typical suburbia gal. When I think of Manhattan Parks I automatically think of Central Park but truth be told Central Park isn't the only great park in town. There are plenty of other green spaces for nature-starved New Yorkers to enjoy.
- Washington Square Park - Washington Square Park is Greenwich Village’s main public space as well as the heart of NYU’s campus. Students, families, area shoppers, and tourists frequent the fountain area to read, sunbathe, admire the historic Washington Square Arch, or watch one of the park’s many entertaining performance artists.
- Hudson River Park - After only ten years in the making, the Hudson River Park is one of the most exciting parks on the island. Stretching along the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan to Midtown, the park offers a vast range of facilities and activities. Just want to relax? Take a stroll, sunbathe, or picnic in one of the many grassy areas scattered throughout the five miles of park space.
- Bryant Park - Stroll by this very social space during the week and find hordes of Midtown office workers lounging on the park’s Great Lawn or enjoying happy hour specials at the Bryant Park Café. On the weekend, feel free to grab a book from the adjacent New York Public Library and read in the shade on one of the park’s dual promenades.
- Fort Tryon Park - Nature lovers who venture up to this wooded space in Upper Manhattan are rarely disappointed. From the highest natural point in Manhattan, visitors can take in views of the Hudson River and Palisades State Park and meander through the lush Heather Garden. On colder days, stop by the Cloisters Museum or grab a casual gourmet meal at the New Leaf Café.
- City Hall Park - Surrounded by centuries-old majestic government buildings that date back to 1812, this park provides a much-needed green spot in a bustling downtown area. At lunchtime each afternoon it springs to life when those working in the neighborhood come to relax, eat, and soak in sunshine on its grassy lawns.
- Jackie Robinson Park - Providing ten blocks of resources, Jackie Robinson Park is a Harlem jewel. One of four spaces designated Historic Harlem Parks, the park is noted for its strong connection with the community. Along with its pool opening in 1936, a recreation center was created the same year. Equipped with traditional cardiovascular equipment, weight room, and gymnasium, the recreation center also boasts a library, Computer Resource Center, and an arts & crafts room, among other features. Outside, the park’s amenities abound. Two baseball diamonds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and two playgrounds, one with a water play area, provide residents with spots to compete and play. Continuing in the park’s theme of “play,” a bandshell within its boundaries hosts bushels of concerts throughout the warm season, keeping Harlem’s tradition of fostering local music alive and well.
Is that it? Heck no! There are a bunch more listed on the New York City Parks Department's website!