5 Secret NYC Gardens You Never Knew About
This is not a normal parking lot
Sometimes, New York is the best place in the entire universe.
And sometimes it’s trash day and the L train isn’t running and there’s a bug in your salad and someone sneezes in your face as you’re walking down Fifth Avenue.
On those days, retreat to one of these five secret parks, take a deep breath and emerge a new woman.
CREATIVE LITTLE GARDEN (EAST VILLAGE)
Ready to instantly transform your mood? Duck into this teeny oasis packed with greenery, sculptures, flowers, birdhouses and a waterfall. Best of all, everyone is welcome--including pups.
530 E. Sixth St. (at Ave. B); creativelittlegarden.org
THE GARDEN AT ST. LUKE IN THE FIELDS (WEST VILLAGE)
Even if you’re not a member of the church, you can still explore the gorgeous grounds, which are home to more than a hundred species of birds. The garden is surrounded by heat-retaining brick walls, so it’s the perfect spot to visit on a 55-degree day.
487 Hudson St. (at Christopher St.); 212-924-0562 or stlukeinthefields.org
THE LOTUS GARDEN (UPPER WEST SIDE)
Walk up to the roof of a parking garage on 97th Street and you’ll find a respite you won’t believe exists in NYC. The 7,000-square-foot mini-park is open to the public on Sunday afternoons, but getting a membership to come any day you want is only $20 a year. The more you know…
250 W. 97th St. (at Broadway); thelotusgarden.org
SEPTUAGESIMO UNO (UPPER WEST SIDE)
While you’re exploring the UWS, pop in to this tiny green garden, whose name is Latin for "seventy-one." It’s pretty much just an alley between two buildings, but during rush hour, it’s a much-needed five-minute escape.
71st Street (btwn. West End Ave. and Amsterdam aves.); nycgovparks.org/parks/septuagesimo-uno
IMANI COMMUNITY GARDEN (CROWN HEIGHTS)
If you want to relax to the gentle sound of clucking, this 4,000-square-foot garden is for you. Check out the gorgeous four-story willow tree and don’t forget to say hi to the garden’s 25 chickens.
87-91 Schenectady Ave. (at Dean St.), Brooklyn; 212-333-2552 or nyrp.org