Five Lovely Outdoor Spaces on the Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is a place where you sometimes forget you’re in a city. Oh, sure, the neighborhood has elegant townhouses, yellow taxis, and everything else you associate with Manhattan — but there’s so much greenery here that it’s easy to slip away from the hustle and bustle and feel as if you’ve escaped to the countryside. Read about our top five green spaces between West 59th and West 110th streets.

Riverside Park

Designed by the same landscape architect as Central Park, Riverside Park is a charming little enclave that runs along — you guessed it — the Hudson River. Popular among students at nearby Columbia University and Barnard College, it features long, narrow lawns and sycamore and plane trees, along with benches bearing commemorative plaques. The northern end is home to the General Grant National Memorial.

Riverside Park South

Riverside Park South is a decidedly more modern green space than its northern counterpart. It houses soccer fields, a large strip of the Hudson River Greenway walking and biking trail, venues for live music, and an al-fresco American eatery — but many know it best for its 750-foot pier, which serves as the venue for outdoor movies each summer.

Septuagesimo Uno

Septuagesimo Uno (which translates to “seventy-first” in Italian) is located on 71st Street between West End Avenue and Broadway. It has been preserved almost exactly as it appeared when the city acquired it, and it’s so tiny (it’s known as “New York’s smallest park”) that many locals aren’t aware that it exists.

Theodore Roosevelt Park

Leafy Theodore Roosevelt Park sits right outside of the American Museum of Natural History and is considered part of the museum grounds. It’s home to a beloved dog run that the museum has chosen to preserve while constructing its new Gilder Center wing.

Central Park

Just a few steps from The Excelsior, Central Park is one of the city’s biggest parks, as well as arguably the world’s most famous park. This is where you’ll find the John Lennon Strawberry Fields Memorial, the theater that hosts Shakespeare in the Park, two ice rinks, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and so much more.Upper West Side Parks.

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