Central Park is the largest park in Manhattan it is 4 km long and 860 m wide. The Park opened in 1873 and was designed by Frederick Olmsted. Although the whole area was redesigned it still looks very natural. The contrast between skyscrapers and Nature makes the Central Park very special.
"Bryant Park" is a very nice place to sit outside, in the middle of the city. Named after a famous writer, the Park is located just behind the Public Library. The New Yorkers relax in their folding chairs and drink coffee. "William Bryant" was famous for his book "Among the trees".
The trendiest Park of New York City's is "High Line Park". On a disused elevated railway line. the park was extended from 1999 onward to a walkway over the city. The High Line Park was planned by the architects Diller Scofidio.
On the triangular plot between Broadway and Park Row there is a small park with a fountain and many flowers. Here is the transition from the small houses of SoHo and TriBeCa to the skyscrapers of Downtown Manhattan.
The guns of the former dutch settlement of "Nieuw Amsterdam" gave their name to the park on the southern tip of Manhattan. From the boardwalk you will have a nice view over the bay to the "Statue of Liberty" and to Staten Island. At Battery Park there are also the piers of the Saten Island ferries and tourist boats.
On the East River in the borough of Queens, there used to be a Pepsi factory. The riverfront was transformed into a park in 1998, only the huge Pepsi-Sign from the former factory remained at "Gantry Plaza State Park".
Tennis fans know "Flushing Meadows" from the US Open. The park is also known for the "1964 World Exposition". One of the few remains is the skeleton of the "New York Pavilion", which was then home to a huge city model. Another relic of the "World Fair" is the globe "Unisphere".
Who wants to leave Manhattan for the sea, simply jumps on a subway train direction "Coney Iceland". The former "Rabbit Island" was connected by landfills with Brooklyn. "Coney Island" has a long, wide sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean.
Parks in New York
In New York City there are many parks, the most famous is the "Central Park" in Manhattan, which is itself a major attraction of New York. In addition, there are many small parks and squares, which make life in the metropolis more pleasant. The "Highline Park" has developed into an absolute "Must See" location. In Brooklyn, there is the Prospect Park with a Zoo and in Queens there is the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, both worth a visit.
For more pictures of Central Park and the Flushing Meadows Corona Park
hit the Picture Gallery of New York