Carl Schurz Park
New York, NY 10028
Any park that houses the official residence of the New York City Mayor since 1942 has to be pretty special, and this park is certainly special. Sitting snugly alongside the East River, with views to the waters of Hells Gate and Wards Island, the park offers beautiful waterfront promenades and clean, well manicured gardens. Take a stroll along the windy paths mottled with sunlight through the trees, watch the kids fighting it out on the basketball courts (or take them on yourself if you’re brave!), bring your kids along to the large playground while you let your dog run free in one of the dog runs. This is a beautiful getaway to take in the river breezes and a few deep breathes to truly soak up the energy around you in this amazing city.