New York City is an urban jungle, but there's plenty of green space even in Manhattan, and not just Central Park. Here are some lesser known parks you can spend your time relaxing in:
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge- not too far from JFK Airport lies a wetland estuary and bird sanctuary with over 50 species of butterflies and 325 species of birds. Go birding or hiking here.
The Elevated Acre- At 55 Water Street in the Financial District lies this hidden gem between two skyscrapers. Read, relax, take in the view, take a picnic, and watch the world go by. It's a popular spot to have lunch for employees who work in the area.
The Gardens at St. Luke in the Fields- This is a private garden of the church which is open to the public. The park has gardens and lawns and food is allowed, so it's a great place to take a picnic. Just take the 1 to Christopher Street to get here.
For more lesser known parks in the city, check out this article.