New York City is filled with beautiful parks that provide a break from the hustle of the city's busy streets. Many of the parks have a calendar offering free events throughout the year. Click on the links for more information about exploring the parks and participating in their events!
- Central Park
First opened in 1859, Central Park is one of New York City's most famous landmarks. The park stretches from 59th and 110th Streets and 5th and 8th Avenues and boasts over 800 acres of public space. In the summer, rent a rowboat or kayak at the Loeb Boathouse. In the winter, go ice skating in one of the two ice skating rinks located within the park.
- Bryant Park
Bryant Park is located in midtown Manhattan between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues. The main branch of the New York Public Library is located in the park. In the summer, enjoy the free Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, Good Morning America Summer Concert Series, Broadway in Bryant Park, and other events. In the winter, holiday shops open around the park and Citi Pond, a free-admission ice skating rink, also opens.
- The High Line
The High Line park is a unique park built on a section of a former elevated freight railroad. The first section of the park opened in June 2009 and the second section just opened in June 2011. The park is located on Manhattan's west side and runs from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.
- Union Square Park
Union Square Park is a main hub in Manhattan, particularly because of the many subway lines that run through the area. It is bordered by the Flatiron District to the north, Chelsea to the west, Greenwich Village to the south, and the Gramercy neighborhood to the east. It is host to New York City's largest year-round green market.
- Prospect Park
Prospect Park is located in Brooklyn and was designed by the same landscape architects who designed Central Park. The park has almost 600 acres of space and features a 60-acre lake, Prospect Park Zoo, and Brooklyn's only forest.
- Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village and features Washington's Arch and a large fountain. Although many of the buildings surrounding the park are owned by New York University, Washington Square is a public park.
- Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park is situated on the downtown Brooklyn waterfront and boasts stunning views of Manhattan. Construction on the park began in 2008 and is still in development. Pier 1 and Pier 6 opened in 2010 and more than half of the park will be complete by 2013.
- Madison Square Park
Madison Square Park is located in Manhattan's Flatiron District. It is bordered by 23rd and 26th Streets and Fifth Avenue and Broadway. One of its most popular features is Shake Shack, founded by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer. It's a permanent stand that serves hamburgers, hot dogs, and shakes.
- Hudson River Park
Hudson River Park runs along the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side and extends from Battery Park up to 59th Street. The park features the Hudson River Greenway that has bicycle and pedestrian paths. There are also tennis and soccer fields, batting cages and playgrounds.
- Fort Tryon Park
Fort Tryon Park is located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. It has views of the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, New Jersey Palisades and the Harlem River. The park is also home to The Cloisters, a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that features medieval art and culture.
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