Do you seek out parks and plazas to walk through when you visit a city? There are a few green spaces in Midtown Manhattan, as well as a few squares and plazas that might not be so green.
In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown, we’ve come across much information, some of which can only be gleaned when doing the actual scavenger hunt.
However, we also wanted to share some of that information with you for your visit planning. Here are 8 plazas and parks to see in New York Midtown.
8 plazas and parks in Midtown Manhattan
- Bryant Park
- Bryant Park is a large park, often referred to as an oasis of green in the heart of Midtown. Find here lawns, fountains, pathways, an outdoor reading room, a ping-pong area and a Pétanque area. In winter, there is an ice-skating rink here.
- To the south is the Bryant Park Hotel, at 40 W 40th St. This was originally the American Radiator Building. Designed in the neo-gothic Art Deco style, its unusual color scheme makes it stand out from the crowd of surrounding glass skyscrapers. The front of the building is black brick, symbolizing coal, one of the elements used to create heat as in a radiator. Other parts of the facade are covered in gold bricks, symbolizing fire, another element of heat.
- You will find the several statues in Bryant Park, including those of
- William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) was an American romantic poet, journalist, and editor of the New York Evening Post.
- Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was an American novelist, poet, playwright and art collector.
- William Earl Dodge (1805-1883) was a New York businessman, referred to as one of the Merchant Princes of Wall Street in the years leading up to the American Civil War.
- Times Square
- Originally called Long Acre Square, this stretch of intersections between 42nd and 48th St has long been a major commercial hub full of restaurants, theatres, shops and office buildings.
- Today it is regularly full of locals and tourists here to take in that New York feeling. There are many street performers in designated zones.
- Father Duffy Square
- Located between 7th Ave and Broadway, W 46th and 47th stands Duffy Square. Francis Patrick Duffy (1871 to 1932) was a Canadian-American soldier, Roman Catholic priest, and military chaplain. He journeyed into the thick of battle to recover wounded soldiers and is the most highly decorated cleric in the history of the United States Army. He also conducted vital work in Hell’s Kitchen, 2 blocks to your left. You will find his statue here on the island that carries his name.
- Andrew Heiskell Plaza
- Located at W 42nd and 6th Ave, this plaza is the north-west corner of Bryant Park. It presents pedestrians with a large staircase leading up into the park.
- Katharine Hepburn Garden
- Located on E 47th between 2nd Ave and 1st Ave, this small park offers a small wooded area with a fountain for you to get in touch with nature.
- Tudor City Greens
- This lush garden is located along Tudor City Place, between E 43rd and E 42nd.
- High Line
- The High Line is an elevated linear park along a former rail line. It stretches 1.45 miles along 10th Ave from W 30th (in lower Midtown) to Gansevoort St in the Financial district.
- 622 3rd Ave
- Climb the stairs to the right of the building to the rooftop where you’ll find an open garden with plenty of seating. 3 floors up diminish street noises for a nice calm sit or nap.
Tourist Scavenger Hunts
We invite you to try our Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown. It is a 2.5-hour guided walking tour throughout Midtown Manhattan from Grand Central Terminal to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and everything in between. You do it on your mobile phone (how it works). It only costs $30 for your group (1 to 6 people). Moreover, you will enjoy seeing these plazas and parks and much more while completing challenges and learning about Midtown’s history.