Best West Village parks to read in

Revel in the elegant green spaces of the West Village including James J. Walker Park and the Gardens at St. Luke in the Fields while relaxing with a good book.

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  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    The Jefferson Market Garden

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    The Jefferson Market Garden

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    The Jefferson Market Garden

Photograph: Alvina Lai

The Jefferson Market Garden


The Jefferson Market Garden
At the foot of a gorgeous Manhattan landmark—a stately Victorian courthouse that’s now a library—sits a lesser-known but equally remarkable sight. Upon entering this gated enclosure, you’ll immediately feel worlds away, wowed by the expansiveness of this immaculate lawn and its surrounding gardens. The scale of the park, and its variety of landscaping, gives it the character of a well-groomed English estate. Along the main circular path you’ll find wonderful little offshoots: a reading nook among the flowers, a goldfish pond, even a babbling stream. You’re also likely to stumble upon a couple holding hands on the romantic grounds, so it might be fitting to read a contemporary love story. A few good choices include David Schickler’s linked stories, Kissing in Manhattan, or a couple of NYC novels that explore relationships between younger artists and students and their older mentors: Brian Morton’s Starting Out in the Evening and Jessica Lott’s The Rest of Us. As with the Hudson Park Library, Jefferson Market provides a big selection of new fiction and nonfiction, plus downloadable e-books. Greenwich Ave between Sixth Avenue and 10th St.

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