The best NYC parks

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 skate parks and picnic spots to watching the sun set and lounging on the grass. Whether you are looking for relaxing, secluded spots in NYC or want to catch summer movies in the park, head to one of these great green spaces. 

Best NYC parks

10 best parks in New York City

Take advantage of warmer temperatures at ten of New York City's best public parks.

Things to do in NYC parks

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

Where to find quiet in NYC parks

Yes, it is possible to find pockets of quiet amid New York City's madness.

Get away from it all at these relaxing, secluded spots

New York’s parks and gardens offer cheap, easy trips to hidden spots of natural beauty.


Inside NYC parks

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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