We recently told you about New York City’s secret gardens, many of which are inaccessible to the general public.Now, we’ve compiled the best public gardens the city has to offer.
They’re often obscured by looming skyscrapers and busy streets, but they’re all worth a visit and are great spots to catch some fresh air in the hot summer months.
1 NEW YORK PLAZA
This park situated at the tip of Manhattan was masterfully redesigned by Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf.
This horticultural city staple boasts 10,000 square feet encompassing the Gardens of Remembrance, 60,000 square feet of new perennial gardens and a variety of stunning native plants and trees preserved by The Battery Conservancy.
The spacious historical park is free to the public.
216 EAST 45TH STREET
This midtown park opened in 2002 to commemorate the 67 British civilians who lost their lives in the September 11 World Trade centre attacks.
The contemporary park, by British architects Isabel and Julian Bannerman features stone benches made in England.
EAST SIDE FROM 104TH-106TH STREETS
This free public park is accessible at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, and is open from 8:00 a.m. until dusk.
The garden has evolved from a conservatory that opened in 1898 to a flourishing manicured green space featuring wild plants, Victorian flowerbeds, a French-style fountain as well as rare Japanese lilac trees and plants.
WEST 89TH STREET
This lush public green space, which has a greenhouse, vegetable plot, and flower park, is the product of an urban development project in the 1980s. It's situated atop a landscape that was once a vacant deposit for trash on Columbus Avenue.
Under the reign of landscape designer Terry Schnadelbach, the garden was transformed into a retreat with an ampitheater-style seating area
The garden is open to the public and hosts a wide range of events from barbecues to outdoor concerts.
WEST 59TH STREET TO CLAIR PLACE
This massive park spans four miles along the Hudson River. It has a biking path, skate park, water trail, recreational courts, picturesque landscapes, and plenty of greenery and plants.
You might remember seeing it featured in the New York-based romantic comedy You've Got Mail.
900 WASHINGTON AVENUE, BROOKLYN
This unique Japanese garden in Brooklyn is steeped in history and tradition.
The garden has been cultivated since the early 1800's and currently exhibits a wide range of distinguished Japanese artifacts including a 500 year old Japanese lantern.
The space also contains a lily pond and a plaza filled with cherry trees.
The price for admission into the gardens is $10.00. Free group tours are available upon request.
6TH STREET, BETWEEN AVENUES B AND C, EAST VILLAGE
Established in 1980 by dedicated volunteers who sought to create a central community garden, this lovely urban haven boasts hundreds of exotic and native plant species.
Apart from its diverse selection of plants, it also serves as a versatile venue for local musicians, artists, writers, photographers, and filmmakers.
The park is still maintained by volunteers, and it's easy to join 6BC's efforts to keep the garden looking fresh. Members are given their own personal keys.
WEST 249TH STREET AND INDEPENDENCE AVENUE
This massive public garden located in the Bronx covers 28 acres.
Wave Hill boasts a variety of manicured and wild gardens plants and exhibits, from an Aquatic Garden featuring waterlilies and monocots to an English-style wild garden and conservatory that hosts exotic plants.
Classes, tours, and unique galleries are accessible to the public. The garden is open Tuesday through Sunday with an admission cost of $8.00.
530 EAST 6TH STREET, EAST VILLAGE
This charming garden has become a sanctuary in the East Village. Maintained by dedicated members, the Creative Little Garden is a certified National Wildlife Federation Habitat that is filled with local wildlife from berries to birds.
The green space is free of charge and is easily accessible to the public and pets on a leash. You can also become a member by paying an annual fee of $20.00, which helps pay for tools.
43-50 MAIN STREET, FLUSHING, NY
The Queens Botanical Garden is home to an eclectic mix of vegetables and flowers.
Don't miss the Cherry Circle, which contains rare cherry blossoms, and the Fragrance Walk, which is filled with wonderful smelling perennials and bulbs.
During the summer, visitors can access garden from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults in the summer and free in the winter.
From Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues.
Find peace and quiet above the city at High Line Park, a trendy green space build on a defunct railroad track that once ran across Manhattan's West Side.
The park features tons of funky seating and impressive views of the city.
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