Put down roots near our favorite green spaces in the five boroughs
West Side Community GardenOn the Upper West Side, there’s no shortage of available greenery. To the east is that modest green space known as Central Park. To the west is Riverside Park. In between are a whole bunch of apartment buildings and houses, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few green spaces, too, like the West Side Community Garden, between 89th and 90th streets and Amsterdam and Columbus avenues. The 89,000-square-foot empty lot was reclaimed in the 1970s by locals as part of an urban renewal plan and now consists of a flower park and vegetable plots centered on a floral amphitheater in the middle of the garden. The garden plays host to summer concerts, Shakespeare performances and arts-and-crafts festivals. But the best way to enjoy this space is to take a book to read on a balmy summer day among the garden’s fragrant lilies.