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New York City Parks

There is no doubt that in the current situation one of the best places to spend time is in the parks, and fortunately, New York has a great variety of parks, each one better. But without a doubt, 3 parks stand out: Central Park, The High Line, and Prospect Park.

Central Park: Without a doubt the park par excellence of New York, located in the middle of the district of Manhattan, between 59th and 110th streets and 5th and Central Park West avenues. It occupies an area of 3.4 square kilometers. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who later created Brooklyn‘s Prospect Park. While much of the park looks natural, it contains several artificial lakes, two ice skating rinks, and grass areas used for various sporting activities. The park is a popular oasis for migratory birds, making it a popular spot for bird watchers.

The High Line: One of the most recent parks in New York City (the first phase opened in 2009 and the last one in 2015), also located in Manhattan. It is a 2.3 km linear park, running from Gansevoort St. and continuing to the Hudson Yards. It is located on an elevated section of the former New York Central Railroad’s East Side Line. The multidisciplinary project was undertaken by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf.

Prospect Park: Brooklyn’s Central Park, in fact, was designed by the same architects, once they finished with the design of Central Park. The park is located between the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Ditmas Park, and Windsor Terrace. Inside we can find the largest green space in the United States (Long Meadow), the largest lake in Brooklyn, a Quaker cemetery, and like its big brother, it has its own zoo and skating rink.

Carlos Gómez

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