The Green Side of New York City
There’s no denying that New York is a concrete jungle, but if there’s one thing that makes living in this hectic city worth it, it’s the green spaces dotted around the neighborhoods. And they are not just limited to famous locations like Central Park—there are plenty of other green spaces worth visiting too. In fact, rooftop gardens are slowly turning the residents green, according to the New York Times, and the city is starting to recognize this.
The Big Apple has become even more particular when it comes to protecting its scenery, with stricter regulations on developing new buildings. Yoreevo discusses that the number of trees to be planted outside a new development must be included in the offering plan. With more buildings including green spaces, and the government requiring a more detailed plan of where trees will be put, this could be a reflection of how the city is shifting to become more environmentally friendly. Aside from greener buildings, the city is also home to numerous parks and gardens. If you’re ever thinking of visiting soon, here are some of NYC’s best-hidden gardens for you to discover:
The Brooklyn Grange
The Navy Yard Farm operated by the Brooklyn Grange covers 65,000 square feet, making it the largest rooftop soil farm in the world. If you want to put a green spin on your New York trip, Time Out highly recommends that you get tickets to the farm’s sister location, Flagship Farm, to join fun events like botanical soap-making workshops and sunset yoga sessions. The property even offers a five-day sustainable farming certificate program if you want to learn the basics about urban farming.
The WNYC Transmitter Park
Picnic and movie lovers often flock to this park, as it’s known to host “Films on the Green”, which includes screenings of independent films hosted by the French Embassy. It’s called WNYC Transmitter Park because it’s exactly where the public radio station WNYC had its very first broadcast. There are spray showers in the area to help you cool down during really hot days.
The Alice Austen Park
This is Staten Island’s gem that is hidden in plain sight. It’s a 17th-century house right in the heart of a garden and is known as the former home of Alice Austen, one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers. It has a notable waterfront location, right next to Buono Beach, with breathtaking views of Manhattan. After you’ve enjoyed a peaceful stroll around the home’s garden, Curbed insists you shouldn’t miss a chance to check out the onsite exhibitions on Alice’s life and work.
The Garden at Bell Book & Candle
Once all that walking gets you hungry, you can stop at a New York restaurant with a rooftop garden. Bustle suggests you go to Bell Book & Candle and stop by its wonderful aeroponic garden, nestled atop the roof of an equally stunning 100-year-old brownstone. Very much like Brooklyn Grange, the area will inspire you to put up your own sustainable urban farm. The restaurant’s chef takes full advantage of the gardens produce, which includes exotic treats like purple tomatillos, kermit eggplants, and great white tomatoes.
The Washington Square Park
The Washington Square Park is not only famous for its beautiful grand arch, but also for its location as it takes you right into the heart of Greenwich Village. It has a very simple layout and you can walk around it in less than 20 minutes, but it’s worth staying for longer. During a really warm day, you can have a lot of fun at the Washington Square Fountain.
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