Just as “the City” obviously refers to New York City, “the Park” is clearly Central Park. That’s probably fair, but it’s about time some other parks got some recognition too. Here are five parks other than Central Park in the Upper East Side.
Carl Schurz Park
There’s something alluring about a park on the waterfront. Carl Schurz Park between 84th and 90th streets in the Yorkville community of the Upper East Side provides 15.2 quiet green acres of arboreal areas, garden pathways and vistas overlooking the East River. Carl Schurz park is also home to the official residence of the Mayor of New York City, Gracie Mansion. General Tours of Gracie Mansion are offered at $7 on most Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m, though just a casual stroll through this Upper East Side park is always enjoyable as well.
John Jay Park
John Jay Park is a popular family destination in the Upper East Side. The Upper East Side park, located between 76th and 78th streets along the East River, includes riverside benches allow for great views. Highlights of the park are basketball courts, a large playground and two outdoor pools, making John Jay Park a great summer option.
St. Catherine’s Park
Though St. Catherine’s Park in the Upper East Side is just a fraction of the size of Central Park, it still has plenty offer Manhattanites of all ages. Almost half of the 1.38 acres between 67th and 68th Streets between First Avenue are occupied by a “sports court” surrounded by a four-lane running track. The benches are innumerous and often occupied by parents watching their children play in the elephant sprinklers and playground. It’s also a great place to slow down, play some chess and relax in a garden-like setting.
Twenty-Four Sycamores Park
Twenty-Four Sycamores Park is the third and final Park along the East River in the Upper East Side, this one being between 60th and 61st Streets. Twenty-Four Sycamores is a little more than a half-acre in size, but this small park certainly has appeal. Park facilities include basketball courts, handball courts and a popular playground. Though the name of the Upper East Side park remains the same, the park has actually been home to 26 sycamore trees since 1995.
Ruppert Park sits on one acre of land in the Yorkville area of the Upper East Side along Second Avenue between 90th and 91st Streets. The lush little green oasis in a nice place to sit and collect your thoughts, have lunch and just enjoy the weather. Ruppert Park in the Upper East Side also has a small playground for kids.
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