Greenacre Park – New York, New York - Atlas Obscura

Greenacre Park

Read a book next to a Midtown waterfall. 


At only 1/7 acre, this is one of the smallest hidden parks in the city, but it provides a nice lush place to relax and take a break from the urban landscape.

The crowning feature of the pocket park is the 25-foot waterfall, which is not only stunning, but also roars away the city noise so you’re left in a calming oasis. The park was constructed in 1971 by the Greenacre Foundation after a design by Hideo Sasaki, but it feels fresh even decades later where the honey locust trees and rare Midtown calm lure people to linger in its shade. 

Know Before You Go

Accessible from 4,6 Trains at 51st Street Station or E,M Trains at 53rd and Lexington Station, located on East 51st Street between Second and Third Avenues. The Park is only open during certain times and hours, it's advised to check the website prior to visiting to avoid disappointment. It's also a privately owned green space with a list of rules regarding usage.

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