Bartow-Pell Mansion garden in the Bronx.

Bartow-Pell Mansion garden in the Bronx. (Credit: Emilio Guerra)

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Secrets of NYC's unexpected green spaces

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No borough of the city is lacking in green spaces, but if you're recognizing individual trees in Central Park or just can't seem to catch a lounge chair on the High Line, we've got 14 lesser-known options for you.
The manicured grounds of the historic Bartow-Pell Mansion

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Bartow-Pell Mansion garden

The manicured grounds of the historic Bartow-Pell Mansion and Carriage House offer lush lawns, blooming flowers, fountains and an historic elm tree. You'll also find the stone carriage house and a wigwam -- tribute to the Native Americans that once owned the land. 895 Shore Rd., Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

New York would turn a concrete plant into

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Concrete Plant Park

New York would turn a concrete plant into a waterfront promenade, wouldn't it? Once a concrete plant, now a haven for sunning, reading, water sport and generally outdoor-fun. Bronx River between Westchester Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx.

The luxurious Upper East Side mansion-turned-museum also offers

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Garden of the Frick Collection

The luxurious Upper East Side mansion-turned-museum also offers an impressive garden and other nature-rich spaces. The Fifth Avenue garden is raised and set back behind a fence, while the Garden Court features fountains, tall pillars and planting beds. Outside the museum, the blooming of the Magnolia Trees is a crowd-drawing event. 1 E. 70th St., Manhattan

A working farm until 1901, the historic farmhouse

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Wyckoff Farmhouse

A working farm until 1901, the historic farmhouse and surrounding fields are a testament to New York's agricultural history and now the site of weekly gardening workshops and a farmers market. 5816 Clarendon Rd., Brooklyn

Ford Foundation building You won't even need sunblock

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A midtown office building

Ford Foundation building

You won't even need sunblock for this one. The atrium of the glass-walled Ford Foundation building features a subtropical garden with a still-water pool at its center, shrubbery and planters as high up as the eleventh floor. 320 East 43rd Street, Manhattan

The neighborhood was immortalized when a house on

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Todt Hil

The neighborhood was immortalized when a house on Longfellow Road was used as the family home of Don Corleone in "The Godfather," but the Staten Island neighborhood offers so much more. At 390 feet above sea level, the Staten Island community offers impressive views of Manhattan, forestry and manicured streets worth walking.

The picturesque L-shaped courtyard is surrounded by 19th

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Amster Yard

The picturesque L-shaped courtyard is surrounded by 19th century painted brick buildings and designed as an oasis from the streets around it. With overhanging trees, climbing ivy, sculptures and hanging lamps, it's an ideal place to take a breather. East 49th Street, between Second and Third avenues, Manhattan

The lush green path wraps around the Split

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Bridle Path

The lush green path wraps around the Split Rock and Pelham Bay Park golf courses and leads to the Thomas Pell Wildlife Refuge. The 3.5-mile trail also connects to a riding stable so the possibility of animal interactions are abundant (although you should probably not disturb the riders). It offers views of the forest and the salt marsh north of the park. Accessible from Split Rock Golf Course, 870 Shore Rd., Bronx

Located on top of a landscaped hill, the

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Dyckman House

Located on top of a landscaped hill, the charming Dutch Colonial farmhouse and quaint garden are a pleasant surprise for anyone who looks up while walking the neighborhood of Inwood. 204th Street, Manhattan

Cross the Belt Parkway from JFK and you'll

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Baisley Pond Park

Cross the Belt Parkway from JFK and you'll end up right in Baisley Pond Park -- green grass, lily-pad-filled pond and all. The park has a well-established reputation for recreation with athletic fields, eateries, playgrounds and even WiFi access, but it doesn't take away from the abundance of plant and animal life. North Conduit Avenue, Jamaica, Queens

Built in the early 1880s by William Astor,

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Astor Row

Built in the early 1880s by William Astor, these 28 semi-attached row houses all feature two NYC rarities -- wooden porches and front lawns. The group of houses offer a glimpse of Harlem's past and a breath of fresh air from the typical city landscape. West 130th Street, Harlem, Manhattan

This one is probably not going to replace

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Friends Meeting House

This one is probably not going to replace tanning in Central Park, but it does offer an alternative to the park's serenity. The quaint burial ground of New York's oldest house of worship is rich in trees and plant life and separated from Northern Boulevard by a stone wall. 137-16 Northern Blvd., Flushing

Yes, we're serious. The roadway is not only

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Eastern Parkway

Yes, we're serious. The roadway is not only tree-lined and walkable but when it was completed in 1874 it was the first of its kind. If you've ever wonder why some thoroughfares are called parkways -- this is why. It was designed as a way to carry the character of Prospect Park through Brooklyn. Crown Heights, Brooklyn

The 226 acres on the northeastern shore of

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Fort Wadsworth

The 226 acres on the northeastern shore of Staten Island is rich in natural beauty and comes with sweeping views of New York Harbor and the Verrazano Narrows. That's grass and water, need we say more? 210 New York Ave., Staten Island

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