New York City’s hidden gem: Carl Schurz Park


When you think of parks in New York City, the iconic Central Park is of course the first one that comes to mind. Although I love Central Park and all it has to offer, there are other smaller parks in the city that are just as perfect for outdoor fun.

Carl Schurz Park runs from 84th to 90th St. along the East River.  This Upper East Side hideaway boasts beautiful views of Randall’s and Roosevelt Islands, as well as the Ward’s Island Bridge. There are grassy areas for sunbathing, a playground and basketball court, two dog runs, and paths for walking, running, biking and rollerblading. Benches line the waterfront, and there is an abundance of lush greenery and beautiful flowers. Are you leaving your apartment yet?

Carl Schurz was Secretary of the Interior in 1910, and the park that bears his name is the oldest community-based volunteer park association in NYC. The park conservancy puts on a number of events throughout the year, including summer concerts and movies. This particular park is also home to Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the New York City mayor. The current mayor lives elsewhere (sorry, Bloomberg fans), and the mansion is open for public tours and tea.

If you’re looking to escape the concrete jungle, and everyone you went to high school with lounging on The Great Lawn, this is the place for you.


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