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Lesser Known Parks on the Upper West Side

Lesser Known Parks on the Upper West Side

When the topic of parks on the Upper West Side comes up, people generally have two immediate reactions – Central Park and Riverside Park. If you’re looking to branch out and find a new quiet spot in the bustle of the city however, there are a number of lesser known parks on the Upper West Side that can provide just as much comfort and peace as the two most well-known parks on the Upper West Side.

Theodore Roosevelt Park

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Parks on the Upper West Side

Parks on the Upper West Side

Located on Columbus Ave. between 79th and 81st Streets, Theodore Roosevelt Park surrounds the American Museum of Natural History and kicks off our list of lesser known parks on the Upper West Side. The park is very well landscaped with tall trees, flower beds and a wonderful view of the museum.

If you’re looking for the more quiet areas of the park, move around to the sides of the park away from the museum’s main entrance. The park also features a couple of dog runs – one for small dogs and one for larger dogs. Theodore Roosevelt Park tends to be a bit more tranquil than its giant next door neighbor – Central Park.

This is a great place to take the kids, gather your thoughts and escape from the busy New York City environment.

For more information and directions, visit NYCGovParks.org.

Verdi Square

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Verdi Square is a small triangular section of land located at 72nd and 73rd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam. The square features a statue of opera composer Giuseppe Verdi in the middle surrounded by beautiful flora. There are number of park benches facing outward from the center of the square that provide a great location for people watching.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the park was known for harboring criminal behavior and illicit drug use. In recent years however, a great deal of work has been put into cleaning up the park and establishing more of a NYPD presence. The efforts have been successful and the park now serves as small gem in the heart of the Upper West Side.

Sakura Park

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Originally called Claremont Park, Sakura Park is located in Morningside Heights, right at 122nd and Riverside Drive.  The park houses more than 2,000 cherry trees which were delivered from Japan in the early twentieth century.  This serene green space offers visitors views of the breathtaking Riverside Church (which is located at 490 Riverside Drive). The park has two paths and a large lawn with a gazebo in between, and is a popular place for Columbia University students and faculty to unwind.

Straus Park

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secret parks NYC

Straus Park is located at the intersection of Broadway and West End on 106th Street.  This small NYC getaway offers plenty of bench seating for Upper West Siders on a pleasant day. There is a bronze statue above a water feature which is dedicated to Ida and Isidore Straus, Upper West Siders who unfortunately died on the Titanic.

More Outdoor Fun …

Community Gardens of the Upper West Side

Upper West Side Playgrounds

Morningside Park

Photos of Central Park

 

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