Why check your email from inside when you can relax in New York Public Parks?
Madison Square Park is the home of the original Shake Shack, Danny Meyer’s famous hamburger joint. It’s also a lush park in a prime location. With tables to work on, free wifi and public art, Madison Square Park is the perfect place to enjoy a summer day.
23rd St. and Broadway
This former burial ground is home to a popular farmer’s market. It is also a popular location for musical performances, community protests and skateboard practice. The site of the first Earth Day in 1970, Union Square is an important part of New York history. Best of all, when you get hungry you can cross the street to Whole Foods Market.
At 14th St. and Broadway
The oldest of New York public parks is Battery Park. Decades before the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island were built, The Battery stood on Manhattan’s southern shore. It welcomed new Americans to the county and kept the artillery positioned to protect the city. The park contains a memorial to AIDS victims, a memorial to 9/11, a fancy restaurant and ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. While not as popular as some of the other New York public parks, Battery Park is a convenient and scenic place to visit.
At the Southern Tip of Manhattan near South Ferry Station
Starting under the Brooklyn Bridge and continuing south, Brooklyn Bridge Park offers fresh air, open space and gorgeous views. While only 50% complete, it already boasts one of the finest carousels in the country, a pavilion designed by celebrity architect Jean Nouvel and ferry service to Manhattan. In the future the park will offer a boating zone, basketball courts, lawns and more. Of all the New York public parks, this will certainly be the most interesting. For those who want to try and get something done, free wifi is available on the promenades of Pier 1, Pier 6, the Empire Fulton Ferry and Main Street. Good luck concentrating.
Main St. at Plymouth St. in Brooklyn
Located on the East River between the Triborough and Hell Gate bridges, Astoria Park provides fantastic views of the East River shoreline. It also offers ideally-placed benches and a number of activities. There is a summer carnival complete with rides and games, a track, and a number of tennis courts. There is also a bandstand, trails and the largest swimming pool in the city. For us, the draw is the best view of all New York Public Parks.
1st Ave. and 23rd St. in Astoria, Queens