I was dismayed when I read someone spoke badly about New York City’s green spaces in the comments of “Best Cities for Pocket Parks”. I know it probably comes from a place of ignorance, but I still feel compelled to point out his error and to hope he pays the city another visit.
New York City has over 250 comfortable pocket parks and public spaces, some with waterfalls, seating (tables and chairs as well as bench-type seating), coffee kiosks, etc. Paley Park and Greenacre are the most highlighted, but there are so many more. In fact, there are enough to fill the book I am writing. If you are of the mind that New York City is dirty and not worth a visit because it is filled with grime and a noisy drone, take another look, especially if you have not been here in a while. Below are three parks already on this blog, but they illustrate my point.
Check out Grant Plaza, located on 44th Street between First and Second Avenues. It has a beautiful sculpture (Spirit of Audrey) dedicated to Audrey Hepburn in recognition of her work with children. Or you can head East to Tudor City Greens which runs along First Ave. by 42nd St. It is open to the public unless it is rented out for an event, but people hold wedding receptions amidst the park-like setting high above 42nd Street. And finally, one of my favorites is Grand Central Plaza, 622 Third Ave. at the corner of 40th Street. This one is at the top of a two-story building and sports a coffee kiosk and a nice view of the street below and nearby buildings.
Most people find these urban oases by passing them to or from work, or stumbling upon them when walking around their home neighborhood. I hope the commenter will decide another visit to New York City is warranted. I also hope the visit will alter his opinion in favor of what I think is one of the greatest cities in the world.