Pocket Parks of NYC
This is my favorite time of year in New York City. The buds are starting to come in on the trees, the crocuses and daffodils are popping up after their long winter’s nap, and the sun comes out more often than not to add to the warm, spring temperatures. My advice to anyone new to the city is to set out on foot to an area you’ve never visited. If you’re not that adventurous or you feel unsure of an area, head to Central Park. You will find tons of tourists there on a nice day, but if you head uptown a little on the East- or the Westside, you will discover the locals. Take a moment to sit on one of the many benches up near the Armory on Fifth Avenue or on the Eastside, find a seat near the 72nd Street Transverse and people watch or better yet, head into the park from that entrance and enjoy a picnic or some time with a good book if it’s a nice day outside.
Central Park, while not a pocket park by any means, is one of my favorite places. During summer weekends, you can walk from hill to hill and find a different activity in each section. My husband and I once walked to meet my brother and listen to a guitarist, but before we found him, we watched a roller skating club skate to someone’s playlist, a kid’s craft event, a small informational event for organic foods, and a quiet area where people were reading and napping on their blankets.
Enjoy the park during this time of new life (dare I say it?) after winter’s exit.