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Parks in New York

Updated Oct 05 2014 04:43 PM EST with 51 listings

Battery Park (Southern Tip of Manhattan)

Located on the southern tip of Manhattan, with panoramic views of the Hudson River and New York Harbor, replete with park benches, lawns & shade trees, a great spot for a picnic with a view of the Statue of Liberty. Ferry to Ellis Island. Click here for a Map and here for the park's Website.
Battery Place, State & Whitehall St., Battery Park NY

Central Park

This world renowned 843 acre park is right in the middle of the city. Designed in 1858 by Fredrick Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Some of the highlights include Tavern on The Green, Strawberry Fields, Wollman Skating Rink, Central Park Zoo & the Reservoir. Activities at the park include ice skating, horseback riding, rollerblading, jogging, bird watching, concerts on the grass, boat rentals & of course carriage rides which start near The Plaza Hotel. Click here for a Map and here for the park's Website
Central Pk. W., Central Park NY Information 212-360-3444
TDD for Hearing Impaired: 800-281-5722; Website: centralpark.org

Hudson River Park (Along Hudson River from Battery Park to 59th St.)

Envisioned as running along the Hudson River from Battery Park to 59th Street this miles long narrow park is still in under sonctruction. You can walk, roller blade, bicycle, jog along miles of waterfront & gain access to some of the pier jutting out into the Hudson River. All sorts of activities planned and unplanned take place. Very much an alive & lively place to be. Website and Map
Battery Pk., Battery Place NY 10004 to W. 59th St., Tel 212-533-7275
Tel: 212-791-2530; Fax: 212-791-2292

Prospect Park

Although it is located in Brooklyn at Grand Army Plaza, this 500 acre urban park built by Olmsted & Vaux one of NYC's jewels . Brooklyn's version of Central Park it has a 60 acre lake, smaller lakes, meadows, paths & streams. Plus, a zoo, ice-skating rink & venue for concerts, exhibitions & festivals as well as the impromptu activities of people enjoying one of the world's most beautiful parks. Bordered by Prospect Park West, Flatbush, Parkside, & Ocean Aves.
Parks, Brooklyn NY 11215 Tel 718-965-8999
Website: prospectpark.org

Riverside Park (Upper West Side along Hudson)

Located on the Upper West Side along Riverside Drive, the influence of Olmstead on New York City can be felt once again. Promenades for spring time strolls, the Boat Basin with its houseboats & The Rotunda. Monuments include the Soldiers' & Sailors' Memorial, Grant's Tomb & statue of Eleanor Roosevelt. Click here for Location.
Riverside Dr., from 72nd to 158th St,

Parks (multi-purpose) (3 listings total)

DeWitt Clinton Park - Basketball Court

Click here for a Location.
Reservations 212-408-0209
Website: ci.nyc.ny.us

Mullaly Park--Stadium, Tennis Center

A ten-court facility at Mullaly Park. Lessons available.
11 E. 162nd Street, Bronx NY 10451 Tel 718-322-4191

Randalls Island Practice Center

Click here for a Location
Tel 212-427-5689
Fax: 212-427-5681; Website: familygolf.com

City Parks and Public Square (24 listings total)

Bowling Green (10004)

Established in 1733, this is the city's oldest existing park. Located at Broadway and Battery Pl.
25 Broadway, Financial District NY 10004 Tel 212-330-5155
Tel: 800-275-8777; Website: usps.com

Bronx Park

Fax 212-430-1818
Tel: 718-430-1800

Brooklyn Park

Fax 212-965-8989
Tel: 718-965-8900; Website: nycparks.org

Bryant Park (Betw. 5th & 6th Aves. at 42nd St. Behind The New York Public Library)

Named after poet/journalist/park proponent William Cullen Bryant & site of the first World's Fair in the U.S., original pavilion burned in 1858, redesigned in 1934 by Lusby Simpson. Located between 5th & 6th Ave. and West 40th & 42nd St.. Click here to see a picture.
Parks, 5th/6th Ave/West 40th/42nd St.., Information 888-697-2757

City Hall Park

In Lower Manhattan right at City Hall between Broadway, Park Row & Chambers Street.

East River Esplanade

Upper East Side along the East River from 59th to 125th Streets. Mainly used by fishermen or joggers/walkers. Click here for Location.
F.D.R. Dr., from 36th to 38th St,

Empire Fulton Ferry State Park

Wonderful state park with a beautiful view of the bridges and skyline between Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Brooklyn NY 11201 Tel 718-858-4708

Fort Tryon Park

Overlooking the Hudson River & the Palisades beyond, this 66 acre park with woodlands is also the site of The Cloisters Museum. Located in Washington Heights at Riverside Drive & Broadway from 192nd to Dyckman Streets. Click here for Location.

Gramercy Park

A beautiful park not open to the public, only for Gramercy Park residents. Lexington Ave at 21st Street. Click here for a Location.
Lexington Ave., Midtown South NY

High Bridge Park (North Manhattan along Hudson River)

Built in 1837 as part of an aqueduct to bring water to the city, its rocky ledges & terraces now provide a good view of the Harlem River. Covering 118 acres, it is located in Washington Heights at Harlem River Drive, Edgecomb & Amsterdam Aves & runs from 155th to Dyckman Street. Restrooms are available.Click here for Location.
Harlem River Dr.,

Inwood Hill Park

196 acres of the last remaining natural forest in Manhattan is located where the Hudson & Harlem rivers meet. Located at Dyckman Ave. to the Harlem River from Seaman to Payson Aves.
Dyckman St., Inwood NY

Last River Park

On the Lower East Side along the East River Dr. between 14th & Delancey. Facilities include tennis courts, basketball courts, a track & playground. The theater is scheduled for renovation.
East Broadway, Chinatown NY

Lighthouse Park (On Roosevelt Island)

On the northern tip of Roosevelt Island, this park is home to an 1872 lighthouse. Views of the Upper East Side, Ward's Island, Long Island City & Astoria, Queens.

Madison Square Park

Once the location of the original Madison Square Garden, this park is now a spot to walk your dog or grab a bench & sit for a while. In the Murray Hill section between E. 23rd & 26th Sts & 5th and Madison Aves. Not to be confused with the current Madison Square Garden which is northwest of here. Click here to see a picture. Click here for Location.
E. 23rd St., Kips Bay NY from 23rd to 26th St,
Website: ci.nyc.ny.us

Marcus Garvey Park

Located in Harlem along 5th Ave. from 120th to 124th Streets. Built for the residents of Harlem it was renamed in 1973 after Marcus Garvey, the leader of the back-to-Africa movement. Not what one would expect from a 5th Ave. address. Click here for Location.
Fifth Ave., Greenwich Village NY
Website: ci.nyc.us

Morningside Park

Originally one of Manhattan's premier parks designed in the late 1800's by Olmsted and Vaux, this 30 acre park fell into a state of disrepair and was deemed unsafe. Now, thanks to the concerted efforts of Friends of Morningside Park, the park has been revitalized, cleaned-up and re-planted, and will be starting a Saturday Farmer's Market and film screenings in the summer of 2006.
Morningside Dr., Morningside Heights NY Near Columbia University.,
E-mail: info@morningsidepark.org; Website: morningsidepark.org

Paley Park

A small "vest pocket" park at 3 East 53rd street, it provides a spot of shade and tranquility in midtown Manhattan. Rated Best by NY Mag 4/24/00
3 E. 53rd St., Midtown NY 10022

Riverbank State Park

High above the Hudson River in Harlem, this park was created on top of a sewage treatment plant and has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, track, skating rink, playground and playing fields. Click here for Location.
Riverside Dr., New York NY 10001 Tel 212-694-3600

St. Nicholas Park

In Harlem at St. Nicholas Ave 141 St. this park is mainly used by the neighborhood for tennis and children's playgrounds. The area near City College is in disrepair and it not recommended.
St. Nicholas Ave., from 128th to 141st St,
Website: ci.nyc.ny.us

Tompkins Square Park

In the East Village between Aves A & B and 7th & 10th Sts. This 16 acre park has been reclaimed from drug dealers and the homeless and is now a place for basketball, walking dogs and the normal activities of a park in the city. Click here for Location.
Avenue A, From 7th to 10th Sts,
Website: nycgovparks.org

Wagner Park

The latest addition to the parks of Battery Park City. A beautiful garden spot.

Washington Market Park

Once a vacant lot in TriBeCa. Now it is home to a Victorian gazebo and children's playground.
Greenwich St.,

Washington Square Park

This square is the heart of Greenwich Village at 4th St. & Waverly Place between MacDougal St. & University Pl. This park is in the middle of NYU and is always full of artists, students, tourists and all types of people listening to music, watching street performances or just observing what's going on around them.
W. 4th St., Greenwich Village NY 10014

Children's Parks (2 listings total)

Belvedere Castle

Kid friendly interactive exhibit in Central Park. Kids love to run through this renovated castle which hangs over Turtle Pond and the outdoor Delacorte Theater.
Central Pk., Central Park NY Midpark at 79th St., Tel 212-772-0210
Fax: 212-772-0214; Website: centralparknyc.org

Prospect Park Wildlife Center

Information on this cool children's park.
Website: wcs.org

National Parks (17 listings total)

Castle Clinton National Monument

Castle Clinton was built to defend New York Harbor during the War of 1812. It served as an entertainment center during the mid-1880s, an immigrant landing depot form 1855 to 1890 and the home of the New York City Aquarium for nearly 50 years.
26 Wall St., Financial District NY 10005 Battery Park, Tel 212-344-7220
Fax: 212-825-6874; Website: nps.gov

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Exhibits of immigrants photographs & histories. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $4 for children ages 3-17. Cost covers ferry and admission to museum and Statue of Liberty. Ferries depart every 1/2 hour. National Park Service's Ellis Island page. Part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
Ellis Island, General Info 212-363-3200
Transportation Desk: 212-269-5755; Website: ellisisland.com

Federal Hall National Memorial

This location was home to NYC's City Hall of the 1700's. That building was demolished, however, in 1812 & the structure on this site today was erected as the Customs House & later, when Customs moved up the street, became the US Subtreasury. Admissions, tours, programs all free. Museum on site. More info on website. National Memorial.
26 Wall St., Financial District NY 10001 At Broad St., Tel 212-825-6888
Fax: 212-264-0725; Website: nps.gov

Fort Tilden Visitor Center - Gateway National Recreation Center

National Recreation Area.
Tel 718-318-4300
Website: nps.gov

Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center - Gateway National Recreation Area

National Recreation Area.
Staten Island, Tel 718-354-4500
Emergencies: 718-338-3988; Website: nps.gov

Gateway National Recreation Area

Established on October 27, 1972, this was the first urban National Park in the nation. Attractions include a wildlife refuge, historic forts & airfields, beaches, & the nations oldest operating lighthouse. Open year round. Visit the website for more information. National Recreation Area.
Emergencies 718-338-3988
Emergencies: 732-872-5900; Main Office: 718-338-3338
Public Affairs Office: 718-338-3688; Website: nps.gov

General Grant National Memorial

Northern Civil War general and two-term U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant is buried here, in the largest mausoleum in North America. Known as Grant's Tomb, Gerneral Grant National Memorial is an impressive granite and marble structure that contains a gallery full of photos and memorabilia from Grant's life.
122 Riverside Dr., Upper West Side NY 10024 At 122nd St., Tel 212-666-1640
Tel: 212-666-1668; Tel: 212-825-6890
Fax: 212-932-9631; Website: nps.gov

Great Kills Park Ranger Station - Gateway National Recreation Area

National Recreation Area.
Staten Island, Tel 718-987-6790
Website: nps.gov

Hamilton Grange National Memorial

The Federal style house Alexander Hamilton commissioned & lived in for only 2 short years before he died in a duel with his political rival, Aaron Burr. The Grange was named so after Hamilton's ancestral home in Scotland. Small museum on site. Admission, tours & programs all free. National Memorial.
287 Convent Ave., Audubon NY 10003 betw W.141st & W.142nd St, Tel 212-283-5154
Tel: 212-666-1640; Website: nps.gov

Jamaica Bay Unit - Gateway Natl. Rec. Center

National Recreation Area.
Tel 718-318-4340
Website: nps.gov

Miller Field - Gateway National Recreation Area

National Recreation Area.
Staten Island, Tel 718-351-6970
Website: nps.gov

Riis Park Visitor Contact Station - Gateway National Recreation Center

National Recreation Area.
Tel 718-318-4300
Website: nps.gov

Ryan Visitor Center - Gateway National Recreation Area

National Recreation Area.
Floyd Bennet Field, Brooklyn, Tel 718-338-3799
Website: nps.gov

Sandy Hook Visitor Center - Gateway National Recreation Area

National Recreation Area.
Sandy Hook, NJ, Tel 732-872-5970
Emergencies: 732-872-5900; Website: nps.gov

St. Paul's Church

This church no longer holds services. It is purely an historical site with museum & cemetery. Admission, tours, programs all free. National Historic Site.
Columbus Ave., Tel 914-667-4116
Special Event: 212-825-6990; Website: nps.gov

Statue of Liberty

Dedicated in 1886 as a gift to the United States form the people of France, the Statue of Liberty is arguabley the most recognizable landmark in the Empirte State. Click here for Ferry information. Click here for a Location
Liberty Isl&, New York Harbor, Tel 212-269-5755
Tel: 212-363-3200; Tel: 212-363-7620
Fax: 212-363-8347; Website: nps.gov

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

The only President born in New York City, "Teddie" lived here until he was 15 years old. The house was demolished in 1916, but the property was purchased after Roosevelt's death in 1919 and a replica of the home was built in its place. Today it contains five rooms furnished with period artifacts, two museum galleries and a bookstore.
28 E. 20th St., Flatiron District NY 10003 Tel 212-260-1616
Fax: 212-677-3587; Website: nps.gov