Visitors to New York City often describe Manhattan as a crowded concrete jungle. However, there are many areas in Manhattan occupied by green open spaces enjoyed by nature-starved New Yorkers. Most of the parks are managed and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation ranging from the small covered lawns to the larger tree shaded open space.
Parks in Uptown Manhattan
The most well-known parks in Manhattan and the rest of New York City is Central Park in Uptown Manhattan. Though not the largest park in New York City, it is definitely the most visited both by the city’s residence and visitors. Other parks in Uptown Manhattan include Fort Tyron Park and Riverside Park, both overlooking the Hudson River. Another is Carl Schurz Park where the official residence of New York City’s mayor, Gracie Mansion, is located.
Central Park by Alfred Hutter
Parks in Midtown Manhattan
Moving south from Uptown Manhattan are the parks in Midtown Manhattan. Parks here are generally smaller than in Uptown Manhattan but nevertheless provides a green refuge from life in New York City’s concrete jungle. Among the parks is Bryant Park, a patch of green oasis surrounded by office blocks. The Hudson River Park stretches along the banks of the Hudson River and a popular spot for strolling, jogging, cycling, and skating. High Line Park is a unique park situated on a section of an abandoned elevated railroad.
Bryant Park by Kamel15
Parks in Downtown Manhattan
The parks in Downtown Manhattan are also small compared to parks in Uptown Manhattan. One of the parks is Battery Park located on the southern tip of Downtown Manhattan and nearby the ferry terminal to Staten Island. Another is Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village and the park is part of the New York University campus. In the heart of East Village is Tompkins Square Park, dominated by American elm trees and there are three giant sycamore trees that are more than 250 years old.
Washington Square Park by Vladtheinhaler