You probably don’t think of a quaint outdoor oasis when you think of the city of New York but that’s exactly what makes these spots extra special.
Tucked out of the way and not super touristy, these are the perfect places to come to if you’re looking to unwind and escape from urban life for a little while.
1. MacDougal-Sullivan Street Garden
Located just to the North of SoHo, this garden definitely contrasts with the busy streets like Broadway just blocks away. It functions as a communal backyard for the homes on MacDougal and Sullivan Street, There’s lots of bench seating and even a playground for kids.
2. The Ford Foundation Atrium
Smack dab in the middle of Midtown, this indoor garden is quite a sight. It is home to 39 species of plants, a lovely reflecting pool, and a sensory garden where you can touch and smell the plants.
3. Creative Little Garden
This tiny oasis located in the East Village also serves as a “community backyard” and is maintained by volunteers who live in the area.
4. 6BC Botanical Garden
Just steps from Tompkins Square Park, this garden features mesmerizing flowers, gorgeous landscaping, a gazebo, benches and many small ponds.
5. Greenacre Park
With a dazzling waterfall and gorgeous landscaping, Greenacre Park is a must see in Manhattan and a perfect escape if you work or live on the East Side.