New York City Parks

New York City, famously referred to as the Big Apple and the City that Never Sleeps, is home to a vast array of parks. With the hustle and bustle of the city surrounding and even playing out in the parks, they are a destination that will leave you in awe and wanting more. With all the parks in the city, that there is something for everyone. Parks range from small and local to the magnificent hot spots in famous Central …

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Annual Events at Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park, New York, is located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and is a favorite local park for residents and tourists, as well. Events in Washington Square Park are numerous and some of the most popular include concerts, outdoor theatre, art and various workshops. To access a Washington Square Park events schedule, please visit www.nycgovparks.org for the most current information on upcoming events. A few upcoming events scheduled at Washington Square Park include: Free Summer Concerts The Washington Square Music …

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A Brief History of Castle Clinton

Castle Clinton history is rich. Originally built as a fort, it was transformed to become the headquarters for the United States Third Military District. Next, it became a popular entertainment site transformed for Lafayette’s visit to America, before becoming a popular beer garden and finally turned into a historical attraction. West Battery Castle Clinton National Monument’s construction started in 1808 and was known as the West Battery. The original fort was designed by John McComb Jr. and Jonathan Wright and …

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Annual Events in Central Park

Central Park New York is a green haven for city-dwellers. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets by enjoying a picnic or stroll or by taking advantage of the many popular programs offered by the park. There are events for every season, but be sure to not miss these most popular events in Central Park. A Clearing in the Forest “A Clearing in the Forest” (official website) is a great family-friendly way to spend an afternoon in the …

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A Brief History of Seward Park

Seward Park (official site) brings three acres of green space to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Located north of East Broadway and east of Essex Street, the park offers visitors a shady relief to the hustle and bustle of the big city. The park, named after New York Senator William Henry Seward (1801-1872), was the very first municipally controlled playground in the United States and a model for many others. With a rich history and plenty of room to …

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A Brief History of Fort Washington Park

Fort Washington Park New York (http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fortwashingtonpark) is rich in history and beauty. A valued part of the neighborhood of Washington Heights, it is easily accessible by public transportation and will be well worth the trip. Whether you’re interested in the history of Fort Washington Park, would like to check out the famous Little Red Lighthouse (the only lighthouse in all of Manhattan), or would like to spend your time gazing at the breath taking view of the Hudson River, Fort …

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A Brief History of Gramercy Park

Gramercy Park is a private, fenced-in park located between East 20th Street and East 21st Street in the Manhattan part of New York City. The history of Gramercy Park is just as rich and diverse as the city itself. The area that is now Gramercy Park New York started out as swamp land. In 1831, a developer named Samuel B. Ruggles (1800-1881) proposed the idea of a park on the property then owned by James Duane called Gramercy Farm. Gramercy …

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Riverside Park in A Day

No trip to New York would be complete without taking the time to spend a day in Riverside Park. One of the most beautiful sites in the city, Riverside is used by runners, walkers and bikers as a safe place to exercise while being surrounded by some of nature’s best scenery. Photographers and artists come for both inspiration and motivation, while pet owners come in droves to enjoy the many miles of dog trails. But Riverside is more than just …

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Battery Park in a Day

Battery Park is located on the southern tip of Lower Manhattan, along the waterfront next to the Bowling Green neighborhood. There are plenty of things to in Battery Park that you could plan a day trip around, including dining, museums, sightseeing, a memorial, and the starting point to see New York’s most iconic landmark. Statue of Liberty One of the most well known attractions accessible from Battery Park in New York is the Statue of Liberty (www.nps.gov/stli). The Statue of …

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Central Park in a Day

There are so many things to do in Central Park that seeing it all in a day is difficult. The activities you choose can vary form season to season as well. The Central Park Zoo is always a good choice at any time of year and a staple in any New York City hotel guide to the city. In the summer make sure to make time to see a production from Shakespeare in the Park, and in the winter visitors …

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