4. There’s a secret garden in McCarren Park
Tucked away behind the track in McCarren Park is a verdant oasis known as the Green Dome Community Garden. At just 2,500 square-feet, the small garden provides a peaceful place for people to get some fresh air in part of a “quiet zone” on N 12th Street between Union and Driggs Avenues. Volunteers from the community maintain the garden and the plants. The garden has a no pesticide policy, which encourages bird and insect life.
Over the years, the garden has been landscaped with Belgian block paths, two mounds for children to climb, boulders, and masonry collected from the neighborhood. The next time you’re in the area and looking for a quiet place to sit, check it out. It’s open everyday from 10 a.m. until dusk.