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Top garden recommendations from locals

Botanical Garden
“Beautiful botanic garden next to the museum and the park. Features include a japanese garden, cherry tree esplanade, rose garden, shakepeare garden, conservatory garden, lily ponds, native garden and a farming garden. Perfect place to get lost for hours. ”
  • 832 locals recommend
Plaza
“One of the most iconic Brooklyn plazas, make sure to take a picture with the beautiful "Soldiers' and Sailors'" arch. From here, you can walk across the street to Prospect Park, or a few minutes to the Brooklyn Museum or the Botanical Garden.”
  • 205 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“Taken over by Mark di Suvero in 1986, this is one of the few locations in the city specifically designated for artists to create outdoor works. The splendid Queens space looks out over the Manhattan skyline and is open 365 days a year.”
  • 121 locals recommend
Garden
“One of the park’s best-kept secrets. Open the iron gate, made in Paris in 1894, on Fifth Avenue and 104th Street, and be transported to Italy, France, and England by way of the Central Park Conservatory Gardens. Comprising three gardens with distinct styles—Italian (tiered hedges and a 12-foot-high jet fountain), French (Walter Schott’s romantic Three Dancing Maidens sculpture), and English (shrubs and perennial plants)—this attraction brings a piece of Europe to the U.S”
  • 70 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great food. Super nice staff. Neighborhood favorite. Just across the street from the flat. Nice patio.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Beautiful place for relaxation and enjoying nature. It's definitely a nice change in the middle of a busy city. only 10 minutes drive ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Garden
“Beautiful garden, 5-10 walk from your stay! Perfect for a picnic or a place to read a book and get some sun! ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Park
“Used the TRAM with your metrocard and enjoy a fun moment from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island, walk to the south and take one of the best shoots in the city at 4 Freedoms Park State a beautiful memorial designed by the famous architect Louis Kahn”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“Grab a coffee across the street at Little Canal or Cafe Grumpy and relax on a bench under the trees.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Garden
“Out of all the community gardens in the East Village, this is my favorite. It's coiffed and pruned and boasts and adorable little treehouse with a lounge and plenty of reading material. The latest addition: a big bullfrog in the fish pond.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Those searching for a little peace and quiet would do well to spend a few hours at this verdant oasis. The garden, which abuts two other neighborhood gems—The Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park—was founded in 1910 and features hundreds of types of flora, laid out over 52 acres. Each spring, crowds descend on the space for the Sakura Matsuri Festival, during which hundreds of trees bloom along the Cherry Esplanade.”
  • 158 locals recommend
Garden
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“Great spot right next to the train station. Try their cake truffels or bagel bombs! You won't regret it.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Brewery
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“The Bronx Brewery is the place for Bronx brewed beer. Check out their website as they have events often. The people working and drinking are friendly and curious locals.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Garden
“Just 3 minutes on the train (Jefferson st) will take you to an amazing local area of artistic expression. In one street you will see an explosion of colors on the walls of buildings in the form of amazing graffiti. People come here with tour groups to see this - for you its a free bonus of staying in this neighborhood. There is a number of restaurants to choose from. So definitely worth spending one afternoon or evening here!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Best garden in Brooklyn. Free every Tuesday, and Saturdays before noon. 10 minute walk from apt.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Visiting this museum might be the best way to learn the essence of East Village short of assimilating into an artist’s squat or chaining yourself to a tree in a community garden. The museum is housed in well-known C-Squat, which was sold by the government to a non-profit for $1 in 2002, and now is being turned into a low-income co-op for the squatters who live there. The museum itself showcases New York’s recent history of protests, grassroots movements, and environmental activism.”
  • 9 locals recommend