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12 enchanting secret gardens in NYC

12 enchanting secret gardens in NYC
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New York may be often seen as a concrete jungle, but there are small pockets where greenery not only thrives, but provides a welcome respite from the hectic pace of urban life. If you know where to look that is. Everyone knows about Central Park, but these hidden gardens are able to provide rare moments of solitude in a city packed with eight million people.

1. The Garden at St Luke in the Fields
Nestled next to a West Village church, this garden offer more than two-thirds of an acre of walks, lawns, rare hybrids and Native American flora. You'll also find berries, flowers and birds and butterflies during the spring and fall seasons.


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2. Elizabeth Street Garden
This romantic garden in Little Italy is now open to the public, and features an array of marble and cast sculptures throughout the space. You may want to check this one out sooner rather than later, however, as it's currently being considered as a possible site for new affordable housing.

3. Jefferson Market Garden
Right next to the landmarked Jefferson Market Library, this gorgeous garden is full of blooming flowers and tranquil ponds at one of the busiest corners of the city. Open from spring to fall, the garden is actually built on the site of a former women's prison.


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4. Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
You'll feel like you're miles away from the city as this carefully preserved 19th century manor house in the Bronx. In addition to touring the inside of the historic home, you can also walk around the beautifully landscaped grounds


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5. Creative Little Garden
This narrow green space has provided an oasis of tranquility in the East Village since 1978. As a "community backyard," the space is maintained by volunteers from the neighborhood. 


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6. 6BC Botanical Garden
Walking through the gate into this unassuming garden on 6th Street is like stepping into a fairy tale. In addition to lovely flowers and landscaping, there's also a gazebo, benches to bring a book to and small ponds to reflect on.


Garden 6 b/c; an old French woman cared for it in the OD. We paid $10 each month for a key

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7. Greenacre Park
One of hidden treasures of Midtown, this "vest-pocket" park measures a mere 60 feet by 120 feet. However, in that small space it's able to incorporate not only places to sit, but heat lamps, an outdoor cafe, shady trees and an impressive, 25-foot waterfall.


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8. Alice’s Garden
Located on the Far West Side, this park is dedicated to Alice Parsekian, who took care of the garden until her death in 2010. The garden has two common areas, and twenty community member plots that are tended by a dedicated group of volunteers.


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9. Sixth Street and Avenue B Community Garden
Another popular garden in the East Village, this large, corner community garden hosts concerts, readings and other events. It's also available to be rented out for private events.


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10. Ford Foundation Atrium Garden
Revolutionary when it was completed in 1967, the glass walls of the Ford Foundation create a temperate environment that's ideal for a subtropical garden. The interior also includes tierd garden terraces at three levels and a square still-water pool.


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11. New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden
One of the most popular attractions at Staten Island's Snug Harbor, the Chinese Scholar's Garden will transport you all the way to the Far East. The garden features magnificant rocks meant to resemble mountains inspired by the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks. There's also a bamboo forest path and Koi-filled pond.


12. Lotus Garden
A community garden on the Upper West Side, the Lotus Garden is actually located 20 feet above West 97th Street on the roof of a parking garage. The beautiful space, maintained by 28 gardeners and other volunteers, hosts many events throughout the year.