New York City is known for its large infrastructure, noise, traffic and fast-paced action. Then why not escape that high-paced city life and discover a whole other world? Yes, peace can be found in New York City. It's all a matter of finding it! Discover the Big Apple's hidden gems which are truly spectacular. Here are 5 places that will have you believing you're not in the big city anymore:
55 Water street
A quiet elevated park with a nice view of the Brooklyn Bridge
Located in the middle of the Financial District above the East River, the carefully hidden park has fantastic views of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. There's a beautiful boardwalk surrounded by splendid gardens that allows you to unwind or take a break from the busy city life. It's a popular attraction in the area and is accessible by different staircases or even an outdoor escalator. This modern escape has plenty of seating options like benches and tables to admire the view.
A street with a European feel
Another gem located in the heart of the Financial District, Stone Street is popular for it's pedestrian-only cobblestone pavement. Renown as the oldest road in Manhattan dating back to the 1600's, this neighborhood has a rich history as it withstood a Revolution, the Great Fire and a troubled period in the 20th century. Once considered a dangerous area after 7 p.m., Stone street has now transformed into one of the most popular areas to hang out in the city as it is surrounded by many bars, restaurants and outdoor tables giving visitors a European feel.
217 E 51 Street
Take your bagel from Ess-a-bagel and enjoy it quietly in this park
Located in Midtown, this small hidden area has much to offer. There's a tall 25 foot waterfall with a modern design and a beautiful green garden with 3 levels of seating. Find a moment of tranquility as the waterfall eliminates the nearby street noise. It has been named as one of the top parks in the world by the Manhattan-based Project for Public Spaces. We recommend that you enjoy your Ess-a-bagel here.
The Gardens at St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street
Escape the city in this beautiful garden
A perfect place to feel that sense of tranquility, this secret churchyard is open to the public. Visitors are allowed to bring food, while pets, alcohol, smoking and cellphones are not permitted. Allow yourself those few minutes to wander around in this beautiful place and admire over one hundred birds and insects that can possibly be found in the Gardens.
3 E 53rd Street
A quiet escape from Midtown, NYC
Located a few blocks away from the Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral, Paley Park is a spacious area and an excellent escape for any passer-by. With similar charm to Greenacre Park, the park is surrounded by walls on all 3 sides and features a 20-foot waterfall that is carefully designed to block out the city noise and is truly mesmerizing. You should also know that the park has become a primary example for any newly built parks in the city.
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(3 E 53rd St, New York, NY, United States)
Gardens of St Luke in the Fields
(487 Hudson Street, New York, NY, United States)
(217 E 51st St, New York, NY, United States)
(Stone Street, New York, NY, United States)
(55 Water Street, New York, NY, United States)