Travel Guide

Manhattan, New York City 


Parks in Midtown Manhattan 


Bryant Park

Tai Chi in Bryant Park, New York City
Tai Chi in Bryant Park by Carl

Bryant Park is a small park occupying just 10 acres (4 hectares) in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and surrounded by office blocks. Though a small park, it offers appreciated relief from the stress of work in the nearby office blocks. Flower beds border the lawn on the northern and southern sides of Bryant Park.  In summer, from June to August, there is the free Bryant Park Summer Film Festival held every Monday. In winter, the pond at Bryant Park turns into a popular ice skating rink.

Location: Nearby the New York Public Library and at the intersection of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue

Website: Bryant Park

Hudson River Park
Along the Hudson River, New York City
Along the Hudson River by Mark Burnett

The Hudson River Park stretches along the banks of the Hudson River in Midtown Manhattan from 59th Street to Battery Park. The park passes through several major landmarks in New York City. These include Ground Zero (former site of the World Trade Center),  Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, and the once Bohemian neighborhood of Greenwich Village. The promenade along the Hudson River is a popular spot for strolling, jogging, cycling, and skating. There are also opportunities for canoeing and kayaking from several piers along the river.

Location: Between 59th Street to Battery Park along the Hudson River

Website: Hudson River Park

High Line Park

High Line Park, New York City
High Line Park by Artico2

High Line Park is a new public park situated on a section of an abandoned elevated railroad stretching 1.5 miles (3.3 kilometers) in the lower west side of Manhattan. The railroad was constructed in the 1930s but became inactive in 1980. Shrubs, tall grasses, wild flowers, and trees eventually began to grow and proliferate from the gravels of the railroad. Besides the naturally grown flora, there are also plantings as part of the park's landscaping. Concrete walkways have also been constructed along the railroad to make the park accessible for visitors.

Location: Gansevoort Street to 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues in the lower west side of Manhattan

Website: High Line Park


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