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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Central Park

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. 

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10 best parks in New York City

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

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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.

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Where to find quiet in NYC parks

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

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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.

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Inside NYC parks

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Sordid park history: 1797–1933

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

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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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Movies

Where to watch movies in the park

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Bars

Where to drink in (or near) NYC parks

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Where to have a picnic

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Where to grill

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NYC park guides

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Central Park

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The High Line

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Prospect Park

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Governors Island

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New York City park-off: Which park is the best? (2013)

We’ve pitted four of the biggest and best New York City parks against one another; which spot should take the crown? Central Park or Prospect Park? Brooklyn Bridge Park or the High Line? The competition is fierce. Ask any New Yorker, and they’ll likely give you a vehement answer about which of these four big-name New York City parks stands above the rest. We love them all, so we decided to break it down in chart form. Take a look at the stats, then scroll down to cast your vote for the winner. Got more to say? Tweet us with the hashtag #TONYparkoff to tell us why you think your park is the fairest of them all.RECOMMENDED: Parks in New York More on parks in New York Best New York City parks: Things to do in parks all over town There’s no end of things to do in New York City parks; here are the best places to have a picnic, watch the sun set, grab a drink, fly a kite and much more. More on parks in New York There are hundreds of parks in New York City, and countless things to do in them. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve put together a rundown of the best parks to visit for a whole variety of activities, whether you want to see an outdoor movie, have a picnic, rent a boat, kick back with a glass of beer or even pretend that you’re in Parks and Recreation’s Pawnee, Indiana. Without further ado, here are the best places to…RECOMMENDED: Parks in New York Most popular in Things to Do New York Philharmonic: Concerts in the Parks Alan Gilbert is at the helm of

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New York City parks: The coolest new places to check out (2013)

A lot of new projects are on the horizon for New York City parks, from a new park in Williamsburg to a grove of hammocks on Governors Island. More on parks in New York Best New York City parks: Things to do in parks all over town There’s no end of things to do in New York City parks; here are the best places to have a picnic, watch the sun set, grab a drink, fly a kite and much more. More on parks in New York There are hundreds of parks in New York City, and countless things to do in them. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve put together a rundown of the best parks to visit for a whole variety of activities, whether you want to see an outdoor movie, have a picnic, rent a boat, kick back with a glass of beer or even pretend that you’re in Parks and Recreation’s Pawnee, Indiana. Without further ado, here are the best places to…RECOMMENDED: Parks in New York Most popular in Things to Do New York Philharmonic: Concerts in the Parks Alan Gilbert is at the helm of four out of five New York Philharmonic concerts in the city's five boroughs this season, conducting Dvorak's Cello Concerto (with Phil principal cellist Carter Brey as soloist) and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in Brooklyn (July 10), Queens (July 11), Manhattan (July 15) and the Bronx (Jul 16). The Staten Island program on July 14 has yet to be announced, but will most likely involve the Phil's brass section. Midsummer Night Swing 2013 The annual outdoor dance party returns for its 25th-anniversary seas

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