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Hidden Green Spaces in Midtown

12/4/2015

Midtown Manhattan has a surprising secret: it’s home to lush, green spaces nestled in the shadows of its skyscrapers. Cozying up to the biggest names in business and the city’s most chic luxury condos like the Halcyon, numerous parks, gardens, and blooming terraces provide peace and quiet against the city’s bustling backdrop. You just have to know where to look.

Good things come in small packages—just ask the nature lovers who frequent Greenacre Park. Located on 51st Street between Second and Third Avenues, this park packs major punch in its miniature space. Measuring just 60 by 120 feet, Greenacre has just enough room for a waterfall, a snack bar, and plenty of seating from which visitors can take in the sights.

New York is home to some stunning lobbies, but the lobby at the Ford Foundation on 42nd Street is a cut above the rest when it comes to originality. Inside the first floor of the massive skyscraper lives a stunning ecosystem of trees, grass, and shrubs that creates a surprising indoor oasis. And if you don’t have a reason to pass through the building’s front doors, the ground floor’s floor-to-ceiling windows allow passersby to enjoy the view.

Midtown’s elevated enclave, Tudor City, is home to one of the city’s most beautiful parks. It may be small in size, but Tudor City Greens is one of the most well-maintained green spaces in Midtown, offering plenty of paths for strolling and shady spots in which to enjoy a good book—away from the crowds that so often fill the city’s larger parks.

On 53rd Street, Paley Park is a surprising swath of greenery in Midtown. This 4,200-square-foot park features walls of climbing vines and a 20-foot waterfall, all of which make it feel miles away from the fast-paced city streets that surround it.

While not technically public, Connaught Tower’s adjacent park is a haven for New Yorkers looking to get away from it all. The small park is home to not only the usual trees and shrubs; it also houses public art, including a bright orange sculpture accenting the green that surrounds it.

You don’t have to go far to find peace and quiet in Midtown. Visit any of its neighborhoods’ hidden green spaces for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

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