When I visit a city, as much as I’m drawn to the historic sites and landmarks, I am also drawn to the less crowded places, especially parks and outdoor spaces. From the popularity of the Mashable post by Jillian Kumagai below it would appear that I’m far from being alone.
Misanthropes beware (or despair, if you’re already here): New York City probably isn’t the best place for people who hate people.
Sometimes it isn’t even a great place for people who, every now and then, wouldn’t mind some peace and quiet. You open a book in a cafe and sirens start blaring from the street. You go for a walk and unexpectedly run into a bustling, frenzied tourist hub. And don’t even get us started on the subway at rush hour.
Contrary to popular belief, however, there are places in New York where your head won’t collapse under the existential weight of the more than eight million people living within just 305 square miles of you (by the way, that’s more than 27,000 people per square mile). New York City is, after all, the city with everything, and that includes several quiet, dare we say serene spaces.
Check out the list below, and take comfort in the fact that your misanthropic mind can rest at last.
- 1. Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
- 2. Noguchi Museum, Queens
- 3. Elevated Acre, Manhattan
- 4. Fort Totten, Queens
- 5. Burp Castle, Manhattan
- 6. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn
- 7. Central Park’s North Woods, Manhattan
- 8. Panorama of the City of New York, Queens
- 9. Central Park’s Conservatory Garden, Manhattan
- 10. Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn
- 11. Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, Manhattan
- 12. Governors Island
- 13. Rose Main Reading Room, Manhattan
- 14. Gantry Plaza State Park, Queens
- 15. The New York Earth Room, Manhattan
See the full post on mashable.com
I thought these were some pretty good ideas for places to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, both indoors and outdoors. I’ll add a few more suggestions here as well: Prospect Park, Fort Tyron Park, and Pelham Bay Park which can all be found on our website. If you have some favourite escapes that you enjoy in New York City please share them with our readers in the comments.