Counting Down NYC's Top Parks, Gardens, and Green Spaces

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14 New York City spots to get in touch with nature

Sailor’s Snug Harbor

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The Staten Island Ferry has become a popular attraction due to its (free) views of the Statue of Liberty, but very few tourists ever venture into the forgotten borough. And yet, only a short distance from the boat’s dock is a cultural center worth some exploration. Sailor’s Snug Harbor is home to the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden (one of only two Chinese gardens in the West, designed by team of Chinese artists), various flower gardens (such as the Healing Garden, which is dedicated to 9/11 victims), and various 19th-century buildings showcasing NYC’s architectural past.

Counting Down NYC's Top Parks, Gardens, and Green Spaces

Sailor’s Snug Harbor

The Staten Island Ferry has become a popular attraction due to its (free) views of the Statue of Liberty, but very few tourists ever venture into the forgotten borough. And yet, only a short distance from the boat’s dock is a cultural center worth some exploration. Sailor’s Snug Harbor is home to the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden (one of only two Chinese gardens in the West, designed by team of Chinese artists), various flower gardens (such as the Healing Garden, which is dedicated to 9/11 victims), and various 19th-century buildings showcasing NYC’s architectural past.

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