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Waterfalls of NYC

For those who live and work in Midtown Manhattan, it can be tough to find relief from the traffic and constant crowds of people.

Luckily, there are plenty of hidden parks scattered throughout New York City that can offer a quiet place to escape from the noise and heat of the city.

E 48th St. and 1st Avenue

NYC waterfall E 48
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This waterfall is located right outside 100 United Nations Plaza. It's home to multiple waterfalls that wind around the corner of the building, and offers stone benches and a view of the East River.

2. E 43rd St. and 2nd Avenue

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This indoor park is only open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but it's worth a visit. The park is inside the Ford Foundation building and has a small pool, winding brick paths, and tons of foliage. 

E 51st St. and 3rd Avenue

Waterfall Greenacre Park
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This waterfall inside Greenacre Park is so loud, it's impossible to hear anything outside the park — which means it offers a great escape from the city. With multiple levels of seating and a refreshment stand, Greenacre Park might be the best-kept secret in Midtown.

E 47th St. between 1st and 2nd Avenues

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This secluded spot on 47th St. is a quiet and relaxing park located right near the East River. 

W 52rd St. between 5th and Madison Avenues

Waterfall Paley Park
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Need to escape the long lines waiting outside Radio City Music Hall? Paley Park is right around the corner. Besides a huge waterfall, Paley Park also has a refreshment stand and plenty of tables and chairs, making it a great lunch spot for anyone who works in the area.

E 47th between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

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Another quiet spot located right near the United Nations, this park is home to one of the largest waterfalls in Midtown.

W 48th between 6th and 7th Avenues

waterfall tunnel

Anyone who works around W 48th St. probably knows about this tunnel, but it's one of the coolest spots in Midtown. This park also has a few tables and chairs set up, but they can be scarce, so best to come before or after lunchtime. 

E 40th St. and 3rd Avenue

40th St hidden park
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If you live or work near E 40th St., you may never have even noticed this rooftop garden. Complete with plenty of benches and a soft drink stand, this park is a great spot to relax, as long as it's not too hot out. While there is an elevator, the stairs are actually located on 3rd Avenue. 

The Loch in Central Park is known for its three waterfalls.

Waterfall in the Loch

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There are at least five waterfalls in Central Park, and all are entirely man-made. Three are located in the Loch, situated in the Ravine, the stream valley section of the North Woods.

The water that flows through them is New York City drinking water that comes from a 48-inch pipe hidden by the rocks at the Pool Grotto on West 100th Street, yet the waterfalls look very natural. Charming stone bridges cross the stream, and the area is cool and quiet.

Watching the water gush down the giant boulders into dark ponds, it is easy to forget you are in the middle of Manhattan.

Where to find them: Enter from the Westside through Glen Span Arch around 102nd Street and follow the moving water, known as The Loch.



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