Secret Spaces in the Big Apple

Even in New York, America’s largest city, you can discover hidden gems of tranquility. Follow assistant editor Dan Hoffman through Highland Park.

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Posted in , Mar 14, 2016

A meadow in the middle of New York City! Highland Park.

In a city as dense and crowded as New York City, it can be difficult to find space that feels peaceful and secluded. Places where you can respond to the call for spiritual life. I love Central Park and Prospect Park, New York’s two most famous seas of green. But often, particularly when the weather is nice, they’re too packed.

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So every weekend when I want to enjoy the tranquility of nature, I head to Highland Park, one of the city’s great hidden treasures. It’s situated just on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, and I ride past ugly gas stations and garages to get there. Nothing distinguishes the area–no famous residents or luxury high rises–except for a stretch of cemeteries that surround the park. But that’s all part of its charm. Once I get there, it feels like I’ve left New York all together.

Check out the slide show below for a tour of one of my favorite “Secret Spaces” in New York!

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