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  • 1. Bethesda Fountain

    Central Park | Fountain

    Few New York views are more romantic than the one from the top of the magnificent stone staircase that leads down to the ornate three-tiered...Read More

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  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Prospect Heights | Garden/Arboretum

    A verdant 52-acre oasis, the BBG charms with its array of “gardens within the garden,” including an idyllic Japanese hill-and-pond garden, a...Read More

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  • 3. Brooklyn Bridge Park

    Brooklyn Heights | Park/Playground

    This sweeping feat of green urban renewal stretches from the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO to the Brooklyn Bridge and south all the way to Pier...Read More

  • Central Park

    4. Central Park

    Central Park | Park/Playground

    Central Park's creators had a simple goal: to design a place where city dwellers could go to forget the city. Even though New York eventually...Read More

    Central Park
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  • 5. Grand Ferry Park

    Park/Playground

    Hipsters, Hasidic Jews, and others hang out at this small waterfront park named for the ferry that for a century connected Williamsburg to Manhattan...Read More

  • 6. Green-Wood Cemetery

    Cemetery

    One of the loveliest places for a stroll in the five boroughs, the 478 acres of Green-Wood Cemetery are also home to more than 560,000 permanent...Read More

  • 7. Herbert Von King Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This 7.8-acre park is one of Brooklyn's oldest idylls—a leafy expanse with a playground, baseball field, dog run, and an amphitheater that serves...Read More

  • New York Botanical Garden

    8. New York Botanical Garden

    Belmont | Garden/Arboretum

    Considered one of the leading botany centers in the world, this beautiful 250-acre garden is one of the best reasons to make a trip to the Bronx...Read More

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  • 9. Shore Park and Parkway

    Park/Playground

    This narrow park follows the Bay Ridge waterfront and has spectacular views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the ships in New York Harbor...Read More

  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

    10. Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

    Livingston | Museum/Gallery

    Once part of a retirement center for sailors, this 83-acre cultural center is now a popular spot to engage with contemporary art and historical...Read More

    Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
  • The High Line

    11. The High Line

    Chelsea | Park/Playground

    Once a railroad track carrying freight trains, this elevated space has been transformed into one of the city’s top attractions—a 1½-mile landscaped...Read More

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  • 12. Battery Park

    Financial District | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Jutting out at the southernmost point of Manhattan, tree-filled Battery Park is a respite from the narrow, winding, and buzzing streets of the...Read More

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  • 13. Bushwick Inlet Park

    Park/Playground

    A $30 million investment turned a former parking lot into this lush green space adjacent to East River State Park. Part of a major revitalization...Read More

  • 14. Central Park Conservancy

    Central Park | Park/Playground

    Five visitor centers—the Dairy (midpark at 65th Street), Belvedere Castle (mid-park at 79th Street), the Chess & Checkers House (midpark...Read More

  • 15. East River State Park

    Park/Playground

    Cherished by residents for its grassy knolls and superb Manhattan views, this park contains vestiges of the 19th-century dock that once occupied...Read More

  • Flushing Meadows Corona Park

    16. Flushing Meadows Corona Park

    Flushing | Park/Playground

    The gleaming Unisphere (an enormous 140-foot-high steel globe) might tip you off that this 898-acre park was the site of two World's Fairs....Read More

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  • 17. Great Lawn

    Central Park | Park/Playground

    This truly great 14-acre oval has endured billions of footsteps, thousands of ball games, hundreds of downpours, scores of concerts, and even...Read More

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  • 18. John V. Lindsay East River Park

    East Village | Park/Playground

    Running along the East River up to 12th Street, this landscaped green space is a series of connected parks, playgrounds, and baseball fields...Read More

  • 19. Madison Square Park

    Flatiron District | Park/Playground

    The benches of this elegant tree-filled park afford great views of some of the city's oldest and most charming skyscrapers—the Flatiron Building...Read More

  • 20. McCarren Park

    Park/Playground

    On warm weekends, locals flock to this park that forms the border between Williamsburg and Greenpoint. The 35 acres include baseball diamonds...Read More

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