Spring has given way to summer in New York City by just about every seasonal metric at this point. But warmer temperatures came late this summer, which means some of Brooklyn’s gardens and parkland still look more like they typically do in spring than in summertime. If you have nice weather on your visit to Brooklyn, check out these enchanting outdoor spaces.
This little-known treasure in Red Hook is a blissful place to congregate for concerts and other events, like a jazzy brunch or annual grilled sandwich competition. The garden is located at the intersection of Columbia Street and Carroll Street, about 20 minutes’ walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, a paragon of urban revitalization, is another green space you can walk to in 20 minutes from NU Hotel. The tastefully designed park affords visitors with dazzling views of lower Manhattan, Governor’s Island, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Playground equipment, art installations, performance venues, and dozens of additional attractions means there is something for everyone to enjoy here. Some highlights of this season’s attractions are concerts, open-air theatre performances, the outdoor annual movie series, and a new installation by groundbreaking artist Anish Kapoor.
Established in 1838, Green-Wood Cemetery inspired the design and construction of Manhattan’s Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The cemetery and its sweeping views can be appreciated in all seasons, but the wildflowers that thrive here in spring add a particularly nice touch.
Brooklyn’s largest and most celebrated public park, Prospect Park keeps Brooklyn breathing. If you’re feeling like you need a temporary respite from New York’s urban chaos during your stay, make the ten-minute taxi journey from the NU Hotel to Prospect Park. The park is home to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park Zoo, a historic boathouse, and Brooklyn’s only lake.
Like The Amazing Garden in Red Hook, The Transit Garden does not keep regular hours. It is, however, a public space that is worth a visit if the gate is open when you walk by. This well-tended and shady space is home to an abundance of plant species, and maintains a spring-like air well into summer. This Carroll Gardens garden is a 15-minute walk from the NU Hotel.