Without a doubt, New York City is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. From the amazing art deco architecture of the Empire State Building to the vast expanses of green space in Central Park, there are always new things to see and new places to explore. Here are the four most beautiful (and often overlooked) sites to see in New York City.
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Right in the middle of Central Park lays a quietly beautiful memorial to the life, work, and philosophy of John Lennon. Strawberry Fields encompasses 2.5 acres of Central Park. The centerpiece being a memorial mosaic with just the word ‘Imagine’ in the center. On a lovely summer’s day, you can typically find musicians playing for visitors and people generally sharing their feelings of peace and love with one another.
The Standard High Line
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Located in the Meatpacking District, the Standard Hotel sits above the historical High Line Park. Created by converting a historic elevated railroad track into green space, the park has hundreds of little, beautiful hidden-away areas to discover. Every guest room at the Standard High Line hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the park, the Hudson River and of course, the amazing city skyline. According to the reviews on Gogobot, not only is this hotel beautiful, but it also attracts a large crowd at their on-site Standard Grill.
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If the sounds of sirens and traffic have got you down, head to Wave Hill, a quiet retreat in the Bronx. There’s an express bus from Manhattan that will have you there in less than 40 minutes, and once you’re there, it’s like a mini-vacation. Wave Hill offers a beautiful view of the Hudson River, nature walks, a greenhouse, a variety of gardens, and best of all, some much-needed peace and quiet.
From the park, you will be shielded from the honks of impatient cab drivers, the hustle and bustle of traffic, and the generally loud sounds of the city. Just spending a few hours here can make you feel as though you’ve taken a far-away trip to the country.
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
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Founded in 1910, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens located in the heart of Brooklyn present guests with a rich history, providing something for everyone to enjoy. The Cherry Tree Garden is one of the foremost locations to view blooming cherry blossoms outside of Japan. The Gardens house over 200 cherry trees, and when they’re in bloom, it’s truly breathtaking.
For history buffs, there’s the Shakespearean English Garden: a Tudor style garden that’s home to many of the plants mentioned in Early Modern English literature. There are so many things to see here that it’s a location you can visit again and again.
New York City is one of the United States’ large cultural hubs and has been for over a century. Everywhere you look, there are clues to its rich and diverse past. There are, however, more often-missed places filled with unexpected beauty than could ever be listed here, so make sure to take a look at the Gogobot Greater New York City Travel Guide to learn even more.