a view of treetops swaying outside the living room window is a distinctive edge.
Even more significant, an apartment on even a pocket park comes with more light, air and open sky than an identical unit that faces another building — and a near-guarantee that no towering new development will take those advantages away.
“You have these little oases, these enclaves within the city, and it creates an opportunity,”
“In New York, the light and air window is usually the width of the street. When you walk into an apartment that’s across from a park and there are large windows to showcase that, I definitely think there’s a wow factor.”
While such parks may lack the splendor of Central or Prospect Parks, unsung green spaces can claim near-equivalent benefits: In addition to extra light and sky, many offer playgrounds, dog runs, farmers’ markets, a bench to read a book, or a lawn for a picnic.
Many cities prize their waterfronts above all else, but Jonathan J. Miller, the president of the real estate appraisal and consulting firm Miller Samuel, said that New York is a bit different. “One of the things about Manhattan is that we’re inward looking,” he said. “We’re more into our park views than our water views.”
Which could have something to do with Robert Moses, the major builder last century of New York City infrastructure — and the fact that nearly all of Manhattan’s waterfront views have highways in them. But whatever the reason, living on even a small park does make a difference to buyers. And, ultimately, the apartment’s value.
And, he added, “while there’s an aesthetic of openness that people gravitate to,” there is a difference between living on a tiny Moses-era playground and a Frederick Law Olmsted masterpiece like Morningside Park “that has been a stalwart of the neighborhood for many years.”
“In a city as dense as New York, to live next to something green is a beautiful thing,” she said.
“In my mind, parks are one of the best parts of New York and the perfect complement to the built environment,” he said. “I spend my weekends taking my 20-month-old daughter to different Brooklyn parks.”
Cafe Amrita, a cozy coffee shop that serves Belgian waffles, chai lattes and quiche, is less than a block away from the