Who Needs a Yard? New Parks Slated to Open in NYC

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March 24, 2021
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Move over Washington Square Park. There’s more green space for NYC on the horizon with new parks opening just in time for spring. This past year has taught us the importance of being able to get out into nature. We flocked to city parks to hang with friends, family, and get a mini escape from our apartments. Access to outdoor space proved invaluable. If you’re looking to call dibs on a new home near one of NYC’s new parks, we’ve got the skinny on which areas are best.

View the full parks report here or download it below.

New parks coming to NYC starting this spring

The city has five new park projects in the works with several along Hudson River Park. Find out more about each below.

  • Little Island: Opening this spring is Little Island, located at Pier 55 in the Hudson River Park. The elevated park will feature a performance space as well as seating lawns and sloped pathways. 
  • Hudson River Park – Gansevoort Peninsula: The beach just got a bit closer at the Gansevoort Peninsula, which is currently in the design phase. The park will feature a small beach area making it easy for kayakers and small boats to gain Hudson River access. The south end of the park will also have an installation by artist David Hammons called Day’s End, which borrows inspiration and its name from the Matta-Clark artwork that was previously on the site at Pier 52.
  • Hudson River Park – Pier 57: Originally built for passenger ships, Pier 57 is getting a makeover. The project is currency under construction, and when completed will serve as a mixed use building that houses office space for Google, public green space, and City Winery.
  • Hudson River Park – Pier 97: Currently in design, the expanded Clinton Cove Park at Pier 97 will feature flexible gathering spots, a playground, and activity field. There’s also an all-ages slide in the works–meaning the young and the young at heart will have a place to play.
  • Union Square Park Expansion: Already a popular hub for many New Yorkers, Union Square is aiming for more space. Plans to expand the park by 33 percent are under review. If passed, the plan would make surrounding streets car-free, create permanent stalls for its popular greenmarket, and improve ADA accessibility.

Union Square has the most housing stock near new park space

Buyers with their hearts set on quick access to one of NYC’s newest parks should choose the area around the Union Square Expansion. This development clocks in with 2,399 nearby residential buildings–the most of all the park projects. Hudson River Park-Pier 57 takes the runner-up spot with 998 nearby buildings.

Number of residential buildings near new parks

  • Union Square Park Expansion: 2,399
  • Hudson River Park – Pier 57: 998
  • Little Island: 970
  • Hudson River Park – Gansevoort Peninsula: 939
  • Hudson River Park – Pier 97: 210

 Neighborhoods with the most access to new NYC parks

For a home within close proximity to these new parks, buyers should concentrate their search in the West Village and Chelsea. Both neighborhoods will have easy access to four out of the five parks. For the full list of neighborhoods and where they rank in proximity to new parks, view the report here.

While NYC certainly doesn’t strike most people as a green city, there’s plenty of options to find outdoor space when you need it. Our public parks have long served as an escape from the bustle of city life. Who needs a backyard when you have Central Park? 

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