Greenacre Park, located on East 51st Street between Second and Third Avenues is a small oasis (only 60 by 120 foot) in Midtown Manhattan. Its spaces are well-defined comprising three levels of fixed and movable seating, a gushing 25 foot multilevel waterfall, and lush plantings. The park transports you from the urban intensity of NYC to a place of quiet repose and tranquility. It's Landscape Architecture at its best, and is without a doubt, one of my favorite outdoor spots in the entire world! Central Park is wonderful, but Greenacre Park is magic.
Green-Wood comprises 478 acres of hills, valleys, ponds, and winding paths. Founded in 1838, Green-Wood rivaled Niagara Falls as the country's greatest tourist attraction by the 1860s. In fact, Green-Wood inspired the development of the modern cemetery from a place merely to bury the dead (graveyards) to a place of reflection, intimacy, and comfort.
Today, Green-Wood is a National Historic Landmark, and is the final resting place for many celebrated politicians, artists, entertainers, and captains of industry, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Horace Greeley, and Samuel Morse. Its history is very special, but its innovative features are hard to appreciate since they've been commonplace for over a century.