POPS_Privately-Owned-Public-Space_New-York-City_Untapped-Cities-005Paley Park on 53rd Street and 5th Avenue

New York City is full of marvels. We have ferris wheels, battleships, and roller coasters. We even have waterfalls, though like every other ‘natural’ occurrence in the city save for parks, they are man-made, even the ones in Central Park and Prospect Park. Often, however, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes throughout the city provide a brief respite from the urban chaos. New York has a handful, some built to look natural in parks, others installed into the walls and lobbies of buildings. In any case, each is a special find among the concrete and iron. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorites:

1. Greenacre Park – 51st Street and 3rd Avenue

Tucked away in a secluded lot on 51st Street and 3rd Avenue is Greenacre Park, the central feature of which is its tiered waterfall. The park is frequented by New Yorkers looking to read or sit in the quiet, and thus, prohibits photography from inside, though there is nothing stopping you from taking a few from the sidewalk. Its location between two towering buildings have led the city to dub it a ‘vest-pocket’ park. It was built in 1971 by the Greenacre Foundation, which was founded two years earlier by Mrs. Jean Mauze, formerly Abby Rockefeller.