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The Big Apple may be the city that never sleeps, but it also does its best to provide sanctuaries for its denizens and in-the-know guests. From meditation classes to lawn parties to outdoor yoga classes for the whole family, the city’s parks, promenades and piers offer places to relax, unwind, and be mindful of all the good times that surround you.



1. Battery Park

Historic Battery Park, at the southern tip of Manhattan island, is named for the "battery of canons" that once protected the new city. Today, it is a 25-acre public park boasting gardens, a farm and even a labyrinth. It is also home to the unique SeaGlass Carousel and Castle Clinton National Monument, a sandstone fort dating back to the War of 1812. Visit Website

2. The High Line

Tune out the noise of the city in this unique and natural setting. Every Tuesday morning, the Integral Yoga Institute, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and more lead guided meditation on the 22nd Street Seating Steps. June through September. Visit Website

3. Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island

Make like Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby and join the Roaring ’20s-era party, which takes place over two weekends every summer. This year, the first weekend is June 10–11 and the second is August 26–27. Visit Website

4. Public Art in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Take a leisurely stroll or bike ride over the iconic bridge and visit Mary Mattingly’s artistic and agricultural installation, Swale, through June 6, or Tom Fruin’s Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersoll with its 1,000 salvaged acrylic scraps. Visit Website

5. Summer Garden at the MOMA

Pick up an espresso and pastry from Café 2, and then take a metropolitan refuge at the museum’s half-acre sculpture garden, which features the bright-and-bold Sandy’s Butterfly by Alexander Calder and works by Henri Matisse. Visit Website

6. Battery Bosque Park

Widely hailed as one of the best places to enjoy the sunset — or sunrise for early risers — in Lower Manhattan, this 3.75-acre rebuilt bosque in the Financial District boasts a fountain, crushed-stone pathways, monuments, a promenade and nearly 150 London plane trees. Visit Website