New York City Guide
You don't have to be a native New Yorker to act like one—not if you use our New York City Guide
. Want to seamlessly travel between neighborhoods, find the city's best pizza or learn insider tips on hotels or permanent housing? Our New York City Web Guide points you to the Big Apple’s vast array of fun activities: Visit New York’s most famous attractions, see a show, catch the big game, attend a gallery opening, spot a celebrity and much more. We also offer a Spanish-language version of the Guide
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New York City’s skyline is its thumbprint and, in many ways, its identity. But at ground level you’ll find that amid this urban landscape are New York City parks and green spaces that rival its most notable monoliths for their aesthetic beauty, ingenuity and architectural significance. Find the great outdoors within the city limits: Use the Web to guide you through New York City parks, community gardens and hidden gems.
- In addition to parks, New York City has a multitude of public gardens. Most notable are its botanical gardens, which can be found in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. If you were wondering, a botanical garden is different from a regular garden because special emphasis is placed upon categorizing and documenting the plants.
- One way to get involved in community improvement (and meet like-minded people) is to become a citizen pruner, parks volunteer or tree steward. See the “To play a role in maintaining New York’s parks and trees” subsection below for more information.
- "New York City Trees" by Edward S. Barnard is a field guide to the trees of New York City and its environs. Produced with the assistance of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York Tree Trust, this book shows you the best places to see trees, how to find the city’s greatest trees, and more.
- For those who think that the bird population of New York consists solely of pigeons (which most New Yorkers call “flying rats”), "Red-Tails in Love" by Marie Winn recounts the romance between a pair of hawks who made their home on the ledge of a luxury apartment building on the edge of Central Park.
For general information about parks ...
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
has the largest body of information about New York City’s parks on the Web. Ideas for things to do and extensive details on the amenities and locations of the city’s parks are two of this site’s most interesting features.
The National Park Service
(NPS) has information on New York City metro area parks maintained by the NPS, rather than the Department of Parks and Recreation. The links on the left side of the page relay you to further information on each of the park sites.
Central Park Conservancy
(CPC) hosts the official Web site for Central Park. Central Park is the labyrinthine, 843-acre park that runs from 59th Street to 110th Street in Manhattan. Navigating the park can be a challenge, and keeping on top of all the events hosted there and the activities available can be nearly impossible. The CPC’s Web site is your first step to figuring it all out. The “Events,” “Activities/Programs,” and “Virtual Park” sections provide useful overviews.
For news on New York City’s parks ...
has a section called “Parks Links In The News,” where it aggregates the latest stories that cover issues related to or affecting New York City parks. The site provides brief summaries of the articles and links to the full texts at their original sources.
For outdoor concerts …
is an annual tradition in Central Park. Held in Rumsey Playfield (at 70th Street, approximately) from June to September, SummerStage is a weekly concert series featuring some widely renowned musicians and artists, such as the Beastie Boys, Common, Television and Neko Case. Best of all, it’s free.
For bird watching in New York City ...
To play a role in maintaining New York’s parks and trees ...
New Yorkers For Parks
is the city’s oldest independent organization working to “ensure greener, safer, cleaner parks.” Learn about their initiatives and, more important, how to get involved.
Trees New York’s “Citizen Pruner"
program trains area residents to become licensed volunteer tree pruners. With roughly 2.5 million trees in the parks and along the streets of the city, citizen pruners play an important role in caring for and protecting neighborhood trees. Learn more about this program, taught at various locations in the five boroughs.
For community gardens ...
New York Restoration Project
is a nonprofit group that works to revitalize disused and derelict park and garden spaces throughout the city. Get inspired to become involved by taking virtual tours of gardens around the five boroughs.
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