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Septuagesimo Uno

Photograph: Whitney Lawson
Septuagesimo Uno
Upper West Side Free
Remember that Parks and Recreation episode that sees Leslie Knope building the smallest park in Indiana? In NYC, that distinction goes to the .04-acre Septuagesimo Uno (Latin for “71”). Sandwiched between two Upper West Side brownstones, this micropark was built in the 1960s as part of Mayor John Lindsay’s “vest-pocket park” initiative, which involved transforming derelict lots into green spaces. This narrow, bench-lined alley, shaded by bamboo leaves and a single tree, makes for a surprisingly Zenlike urban escape. (Bonus points if you make out with Adam Scott while you’re there.)
Venue name: Septuagesimo Uno
Address: 71st St
New York
10023
Cross street: between Amsterdam and West End Aves
Website: http://nycgovparks.org/parks/septuagesimouno
Transport: Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St (Broadway)
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