No one can argue the beauty and tranquility of Carl Schurz Park. This New York City park is more a neighborhood hideaway than tourist attraction, but if you find yourself in the Yorkville section of the Upper East Side, then a stop by this green space should be on your agenda.
If you’ve never been, the park begins at East 84th Street at East End Avenue and ends at East 90th Street. Coming in at just under 15 acres, it’s small in comparison to Central Park and Riverside Park (the West Side’s green space), but packs a lot into its tiny parcel. There are multiple reasons to love Carl Schurz Park.
The park leads to the East River Greenway, so you can amble through and end up on the water in minutes. Once on the promenade, power walk, jog, bike, or watch everyone else be active as you gaze at the East River. Not a shabby way to spend an afternoon, if you ask me.
Stairs are an essential design element in this lovely park, and the different levels add to the its uniqueness.
Plenty of soft, green grass.
While Carl Schurz offers an array of plantings, you won’t find a shortage of spots to sunbathe. And since miles of concrete cover NYC’s streets, every square inch of grass matters.
The landscape design of this park is traditional but magnificent.
Sun and shade.
With its winding walkways and grand old trees, Carl Schurz Park caters to sun worshippers as well as those seeking a shady retreat from the summer heat.
Though his office is in Lower Manhattan, the mayor lives at East 88th Street and East End Avenue in Gracie Mansion. Overflowing with stories, the “Little White House” as it’s sometimes called, celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017.
Carl Schurz Park feels local.
So, it’s not as sprawling as Central Park or as bohemian as some of downtown’s parks, but who cares? If you’re not a New Yorker, you’ll get an accurate portrayal of everyday life when you visit Carl Schurz Park. If you’re a New Yorker who’s never been to this Upper East Side gem, what are you waiting for?
Gracie Mansion photo by Eden Pictures via Flickr.