Parks in New York: The best green spaces in the city

NYC is home to some of the finest parks in the country. Here’s how to make the most of New York’s public spaces, from Central Park and the big boys to beyond.



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There are more than 1,700 parks in New York City—an urban jungle, indeed. We’ve picked the choicest spots for everything from skateboarding and swimming to watching the sun set and lounging on the grass. Plus, take a sneak peek at Prospect Park’s forthcoming Lakeside complex, help us decide which of the city’s big-name parks stands above the rest, and hear the latest on Parks and Recreation from Leslie Knope herself, Amy Poehler.

Best parks in NYC

Best New York City parks: Things to do

We've picked out the perfect places to watch the sun set, grab a drink, fly a kite and much more.

Park-off: Which park is the best?

We've pitted four of NYC's biggest and best against one another—which spot should take the crown?

New spots in NYC parks

Check out new developments on the horizon, from Governors Island to the High Line.

Street performers in NYC parks (video)

We captured buskers singing, strumming and rope-walking. Johnny Cash lives! (Sorta.)

Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler

Q&A: Amy Poehler

The comedy icon talks about the new season, Game of Thrones and what she misses about NYC.

Top ten: Amy Poehler video moments

We picked our favorite funny moments from the comedy icon and current TONY cover star.

Photos: Thrones and Recreation

Amy Poehler laid out which Parks and Recreation characters would play who on Game of Thrones.

Inside NYC parks

Behind the scenes at Lakeside in Prospect Park

We got an early tour of the spanking-new complex, coming in December.

Sordid park history: 1797–1933

From grisly deaths to boho revolutions, here’s a timeline of NYC parks’ strange, unsavory pasts.

Historical photos of NYC parks

Check out black-and-whites of New Yorkers past taking the air (and walking the ponies).

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