Septuagesimo Uno

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Septuagesimo Uno
Photograph: Whitney Lawson
Septuagesimo Uno

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
Cross street: Between Amsterdam and West End Aves
Transport: Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St (Broadway)
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