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Top Picks for Parks

Jeanie Voltsinis
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The Mark
Jeanie Voltsinis
The Mark
25 E. 77th St.
212.744.4300

Although any time is a great time to visit New York City’s many parks, there is definitely something to be said for a visit during the fall—when there’s a crisp chill in the air and the city’s foliage turns into a kaleidoscope of color. With autumn just around the corner, Jeanie Voltsinis, concierge at The Mark, shares her top three picks for New York City parks. In the heart of Brooklyn, the 585-acre Prospect Parkis worth a visit. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the pair who also designed Manhattan's Central Park, Prospect Park “offers a wealth of activities and events throughout the year, making it a worthwhile destination for locals and visitors alike,” Voltsinis says. Also in the borough, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is another of Voltsinis’ top picks. “This has to be one of my favorites,” she says. “Once you enter the park, you really feel like you have escaped New York and entered paradise.” She notes the Garden’s wide variety of cherry trees as one of her favorite features. “It’s one of the foremost cherry-viewing sites outside of Japan.” For great views of the Hudson River, head to Manhattan’s expansive, waterfront Hudson River Park. Running along the west side of the island from lower Manhattan’s Battery Park to W. 59th St., Hudson River Park includes five miles of bike paths and hosts a variety of events.