Living in NYC it’s easy to get swept away in the hustle and bustle of inner city life, the grind gets to us all eventually. Don’t fret, hidden in the most unexpected corners of the city are tranquil oases where you can let the stress fall away.
Winter is well and truly on it’s way, so check out these secret gardens before Gotham freezes.
This beautiful garden is nestled in one of the busiest corners of the city next to one of our most renowned landmarks, the Jefferson Market Library.
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This oasis in New York’s East Village has been around since 1978. It’s a “community backyard,” maintained by volunteers from the surrounding neighborhood.
This is one of the most beautiful gardens in NYC and offers more than two-thirds of an acre of walks, lawns, and a fine collection of rare hybrids and native American flora.
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This Little Italy garden is in danger of being demolished in a plan to build affordable housing, so go check it out sooner rather than later.
This “vest-pocket” park proves that the best things come in small packages. Measuring 60 feet by 120 feet and featuring multi-level sitting areas, this is a must see area of natural beauty.
This preserved 19th century manor house in the Bronx will make the stresses of the inner city just fall away. The beautifully landscaped grounds offer the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of city living.
This popular garden in the East Village is a 17813 square ft. lush, green oasis offering beauty, peace, education and entertainment to local residents and visitors of all ages.
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The Atrium Garden includes tierd garden terraces at three levels and a square still-water pool surrounded by the glass walls of the Ford Foundation.
9. Lotus Garden
Located 20 feet above West 97th Street on the roof of a parking garage this community garden on the Upper West Side is a beautiful space to unwind.
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Mesmerizing flowers and landscaping, a gazebo, benches and small ponds, you’d be forgiven for thinking you are in a Disney-inspired fairy-tale while enjoying this garden.
11. Alice’s Garden
Dedicated to Alice Parsekian, The woman who tended the garden until she died in 2010,this garden has two common areas, and twenty community member plots, it is the perfect spot to take a book and let the world pass you by.
This one isn’t so much of a “secret”, but it IS one of the loveliest locations on this list. Prepare to be transported to the Far East is this garden that was inspired by the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks.
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