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This may not be too exotic, but when I lived in New York, my favorite place was Prospect Park, bordering the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn.

It's really a gem, and although the park is used by a great variety of people, especially on the weekend, it has enough trails and space to really get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. And, unlike Central Park in Manhattan, there are places where you can't see any buildings, so you really can get the feeling of escape. And it borders both the Brooklyn Botanical Garden (another favorite) and the Brooklyn Museum, lately in the news.

But there are actually several "public spaces" in Manhattan, too, where you can get some quiet, if you have a minute to spare, in New York. These are spaces that were mandated inside the lobbies of new buildings, and a few of them really provide a pleasant respite.




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