Far from being only a “concrete jungle”, with the glass and steel skyscrapers dominating the line of the horizon, New York City is also seen as an oasis of relaxation by the locals and tourists who come to enjoy the beautiful view the great number of public gardens and parks here offer.
Here are some of the most known such places, a stroll through their peaceful, shaded alleys being the best way of chasing worries away, at least for a few hours.
Central Park – With a surface of more than 840 acres, it is the biggest recreational place of this time in the city and the first that was created according to the principles of landscape architecture. The luxuriant vegetation and the sweet perfume of flowers make it the favorite outdoor refuge of the people in the city during the hot summer days. However, the view of the Central Park in winter is also fabulous.
New York Botanical Gardens – Spreading on about 250 acres, this public garden is famous by the fact that it includes a part of the old forest existing in the city before the first groups of Dutch colonists came and settled on this territory. The 12 separate, themed botanical gardens forming the complex offer a unique perspective on the evolution of the flora in the region.
Battery Park – Its location, at the top part of Manhattan Island, allows you to fully enjoy the view offered by the Statue of Liberty, one of the most famous New York landmarks. A trip with the ferry takes you to Ellis Island, the place where the immigrants stationed on their way to the city.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden – The traditional Japanese garden from here attracts thousands of visitors every year, with its atmosphere inviting to meditation. From the total surface of 52 acres of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a significant part is covered with more than 1,400 varieties of roses from all over the world, grouped as the thematic Cranford Rose Garden.