For a city nicknamed the “concrete jungle,” New York City still has a lot of green space. According to the Department of Parks & Recreation, New York City has at least 1,700 parks, playgrounds, and recreational spaces. This amounts to 30,000 acres of land, equivalent to a whopping 14 percent of the land in New York City.
With Central Park, New York City’s most famous park, measuring at 843 acres, you could easily be deceived into thinking that it is the city’s largest park. Central Park is certainly the largest park to be found in Manhattan, taking up six percent of the borough’s land area, but even larger expanses of greenery can be found in most of the other boroughs. Here are five parks in New York City that dwarf Central Park:
5. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
At 898 acres, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is only slightly larger than Central Park, but it proudly holds the title of the largest park in Queens. Queens residents can also be proud that the park was the site of the World Fair in 1939 and 1964, and that it has been the venue for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for the past 50 years. Today, park visitors can still see remnants from the World Fairs, including the New York State Pavilion, Meadow and Willow Lakes, and the iconic Unisphere.
The latest reason to check out Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is the public art installation by Zaq Landsberg, “Islands of the Unisphere,” part of the UNIQLO Parks Expressions Grant program. Landberg expanded on the Unisphere by choosing islands off of the Unisphere, recreating them at scale, and placing them horizontally on the grass.
Join us for our next tour of the Remnants of the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park: