New York City
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New York City 

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The image many people have of Manhattan is the endless skyscrapers and packed sidewalks but the city actually boasts numerous lovely parks. Parks in New York City range from the small squares to the large green open spaces scattered across the five boroughs. The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation manages many of the city’s parks and are overall well maintained. Note that most parks in New York City close from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. except for special events.

Parks in Manhattan
Among the most well-known and visited parks in New York City is the 850-acre (343 hectares) Central Park. The park is sandwiched between the Upper East Side and Upper West Side in Uptown Manhattan and accessible by several subway stations. Another park in Uptown Manhattan is the 67-acre (27 hectares) Fort Tryon Park, situated on a ridge overlooking the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades across the river. High Line Park is situated on a section of an abandoned elevated railroad stretching 1.5 miles (3.3 kilometers) in Midtown Manhattan. Shrubs, tall grasses, wild flowers, and trees grow and proliferate from the gravels of the railroad.

Central Park, New York City

Central Park by Fb78

Parks outside Manhattan
Across the East River from Manhattan and into Brooklyn is Prospect Park, covering 585 acres (237 hectares) and among the larger parks in the city. Prospect Park is part of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway and occupied by meadows, forested areas, waterways, pools, and nature trails. The 52-acre (21 hectares) Brooklyn Botanic Garden opened about 100 years ago and is a premier horticultural destination featuring glass houses and themed gardens. Marine Park is the largest park in Brooklyn covering 798 acres (323 hectares), featuring grasslands and salt water marshes.

Prospect Park, New York City
Prospect Park by Omegatron

Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx is the largest park in New York City covering 2,766 acres (1,119 hectares). About a quarter of the park is a tidal area of salt marshes and along the shores of the park is Orchard Beach, an artificial beach stretching for about a mile (1.6 km). Flushing Meadow Park in Queens is the second largest park in the city and features lakes, wetlands, nature trails, tree covered areas, and gardens. The Staten Island Greenbelt is located in the central hills of Staten Island and includes extensive areas of woodlands and a number of playing fields.

Pelham Bay Park, New York City

Pelham Bay Park by Peter J. Romano


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