Parks and Squares in New York
Nicknamed The Crossroads of the World and the Centre of the Universe, Times Square is a massive pedestrian plaza that has become one of the most iconic locations in the US, if not the world. The square bustles with activity at all times of the day and night, with approximately 330,000 people passing through on any given day. Enjoy wandering the plaza while watching the antics of the local performers and the impressive digital screens, or drop in to one of many famous landmarks – the Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood, M&M’s World, Times Square Studios and many other famous attractions are all located on Times Square.
The High Line
The High Line is an elevated park which runs from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street. This 2.33-kilometre stretch of abandoned rail tracks has been repurposed as one of the city's most popular green spaces. With views out to the Hudson River, it's the perfect spot to enjoy a sunset.
Central Park is a popular spot in all seasons, filled with winding paths, grassy green patches, food spots and entertainment. Discover its many nooks and crannies on foot or by bike. The park holds a week's worth of amusements, including a zoo, an Olympic-size swimming pool, ice-skating in the winter and a historic carousel. Bikes may be hired from Bike and Roll at the Columbus Circle/59th Street entrance to the park. Bike and Roll also has a downtown location in Battery Park, and several other locations open during the warmer months.
Stretching from 14th to 17th Street, Union Square Park has electric energy and is a popular spot to meet or hang out. Play a game of chess, watch some of the performers in the park, or admire some of the public artwork. The most noticeable item here is the Metronome and Countdown Clock, which displays 24-hour time left to right, as well as the amount of time remaining in the day.
It’s hard to beat Battery Park for stunning ground-level views. With a stretch looking out towards the Statue of Liberty, this large parkland is a quiet spot during the day. After the hustle of the nearby Financial District, Battery Park is a welcome retreat. A departure point for the ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the park is a beautiful spot to relax.
Located in Brooklyn, Prospect Park is well worth a visit. Stretching over 213ha, the park has its own carousel, zoo and Greenmarket. Head to Long Meadow, a mile-long stretch of grass perfect for picnics, or check out the ball fields. The Prospect Park Bandshell hosts outdoor music and shows among the stunning parklands.