In fact, as a New Yorker myself, I didn’t become acquainted with the park’s north end until I moved to Harlem 15 years ago and found myself living three blocks from the entrance. But now, these off-the-beaten path gems are some of my favorite Central Park spots:
A Spacious Picnic Spot
On warm, sunny days, hordes of urbanites and tourists gather in Sheep Meadow, a lawn on the west side of the park that stretches from 66th to 69th Street. It’s beautiful and bright, but often requires you to tip-toe around blankets so you don’t knock over someone’s cup of rosé. I prefer the Great Hill, another green area near Central Park West and 105th Street. There, my friends and I can enjoy a picnic among the park’s beauty without worrying about finding a patch of grass to call our own. There’s even plenty of space to throw a frisbee around.
A Pocket of Peace
Looking for some solitude? One of my favorite areas is an unnamed spot just south of the Great Hill, where a path of wood chips veers off the main walkway and leads to a secluded grassy area with a giant boulder. This oasis offers incredible views of the rest of the park and the Midtown skyline. It’s the perfect spot to sit, read, listen to music or just let your mind wander.