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Bryant Park transforms into a winter wonderland every year, with the Bank of America Winter Village ice skating rink providing the busy inhabitants of New York with some much needed winter recreation. Entry to the rink is free, while skates and other amenities and services are available at a low rate. One can see everyone from tourists, families with kids, groups of youngsters, as well as couples having a good time at the rink, with skating lessons being offered here as well. If the skating has you too tired, relax with a hot beverage outside the rink area.
The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center has been a regular New York tourist fixture since its inception in 1936. Even though it is one of the most popular ice skating rinks of the city, it is actually quite small compared to many other rinks. During the holidays, the rink can become a bit crowded, but skating under the great Christmas tree is a once in a lifetime experience. Nonetheless, if you're here just to enjoy the lively ambiance and indulge in some people watching, the mezzanine above the rink is a nice, second option.
In the midst of the bustle, noise and pollution of Turtle Bay, the Tudor City Greens provide an oasis of peace and tranquility. Located on either side of East 42nd Street and under the first multi-building residential complex in the world, these not-for-profit greens are run under the auspices of Tudor City itself. Stroll down the cobblestone paths on a lazy afternoon, watching flowers bloom or enjoy an al fresco lunch break on one of the bistro-style chairs which are strategically placed all around the park. When you are done, don't forget to visit Ralph Bunche Park and take the Sharansky Steps to the United Nations across 1st Avenue.
Located in the Ford Foundation Building on East 43rd Street in Tudor City, this urban atrium filled with subtropical, hanging gardens is one of Midtown's best kept secrets. Established in 1967, the 160-ft. atrium garden features tree-lined pathways that are perfect for escaping the tumult of the city. As visitors look up, they will see different species of plants hanging along the edges of the building tiers. It's a nice place to catch your breath when exploring Tudor City or the United Nations.
In the heart of Midtown East lies the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, a rectangular patch of green that has served as a popular gathering point in the community for several years. Named in the honor of former Secretary-General of United Nations and posthumous recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize award, Dag Hammarskjöld, this plaza-cum-park lays spread over 1.59 acres (0.64 hectares). Besides being a good place for a stroll, the park is also a popular spot for community events, like the healthy farmer's market held every Wednesday. Call to know more.
Located on New York's East 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, GreenAcre Park provides a bit of foliage inside the concrete jungle. The GreenAcre Foundation established this park in 1971 and award-winning landscape architect Hideo Sasaki designed it. The highlight of the park is the tranquil waterfall and the mini esplanade features some chairs and tables for the weary to unwind. If you come during lunch, it becomes quite crowded with local business folk trying to sneak in some quiet time.
The botanical garden is open to the public and completely accessible by wheelchair for the convenience of recuperating patients and their families. This oasis is definitely a blessing for oxygen-starved NY lungs. Consisting of an excellent array of flowers and assorted grasses, the garden is educational and informative just as it is refreshing. Families often visit the place as it also has a play garden where the children can frolic safely, or sit by the Koi ponds or eat at the barbecue-seating place.
Grand Army Plaza is one of two historic NYC sites that pay homage to the Union Soldiers who fought in the Civil War (1861-65). After the war, this fraternal organization began as the Grand Army of the Republic and it was the forerunner to many veteran's groups in the present-day. This plaza located at the southeastern end of Central Park features a magnificent gilded statue of William Tecumseh Sherman, the war general who is most known for his sack and burning of Atlanta. In front of Sherman, the goddess Victory leads him upon his horse. On the other end of the plaza, a beautiful fountain with the goddess Pomona is hidden from the tumult of 5th Avenue and it provides a fleeting moment of peace in the urban jungle. The other Grand Army Plaza is located in Brooklyn, adjacent to another spectacular space, Prospect Park.