Lots of water fall.
The sound is so powerful, it takes over the entire space in this small park.
I’m not sure if I’m in New York City anymore. All I hear is the sound of the water falling against the man made stone waterfall. The breeze hits me perfectly, as if there are multiple people fanning me with giant leaves at a beach. As I sit adjacent from it, the waterfall is almost hypnotizing with its constant flow and loud crashing sound. Around me are walls, mostly decorated with overgrown branches from plants, trees that extend quite high, and plenty of chairs with tables. People watching has become a sport of mine. I glance from the businessman chattering away on his bluetooth headsets, to the two older woman having tea, to the girl in a work uniform having lunch. I walk to the little convenience shop and get an iced tea on this hot city day. Feeling perfectly content, I sit back down to get lost in my little space.
If you’re new to New York City or spending a few days, it’s quite easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many big buildings, thousands of people everywhere, endless things to do, countless bars and restaurants to choose from, people badgering you to buy things constantly, and maybe even this list is overwhelming! NYC is a sensory overload for many of us, especially if you’re not used to a city environment. Thankfully, city planners created many green spaces where you can go enjoy some quietness, lay on the grass or play with friends. While there are some awesome spots in Central Park that will keep you calm and forget about the city, there’s another lesser known place for you to completely escape the city noise: Greenacre Park.
Address: 217 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022, USA
51st, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue (Midtown East)