“I love New York, even though it isn’t mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.” So wrote the great American author Truman Capote.
We can often find ourselves lost in cities – spiritually as well as physically. That’s partly the reason people go away not to the beach, but to a great city: to lose themselves in the sprawl. But away from the street signs and the traffic, inner peace is often found in a city’s green spaces, which feel both a part of and away from their localities. This is no more evident than in New York City, which has many wonderful parks.
So if you’re planning a New York holiday, and you fancy being in the middle of nature and the city at the same time, make time to visit these five amazing green spaces in the heart of the Big Apple.
Bronx Park is 718 acres of bliss, laid out along the Bronx River. With picturesque waterfalls, it’s great to visit all year round, although the New York Botanical Garden is particularly stunning in the summertime.
Flushing Meadows in the Queens district is home to the arena of the same name which hosts the US Open tennis. Its most iconic feature is the Unisphere, a huge metallic globe sculpture originally commissioned for the 1964 World’s Fair.
Prospect Park in Brooklyn is an expanse of lush city parkland. The viewing point of Mount Prospect, the second highest point in Brooklyn, offers sweeping views of Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn and even New Jersey.
Fort Greene Park
Fort Greene Park is a charming neighbourhood park in the heart of Brooklyn, which hosts summer literary festivals and assorted gatherings.
Central Park is probably the most famous park in the world, located right in the centre of Manhattan. No trip to New York would be complete without visiting the sculpted paradise designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Whether it’s the views outwards, through the oak trees towards the Plaza hotel, the famous lagoon or simply strolling through the tree-lined walkways, Central Park may be the nearest thing to paradise in any city.