A Green City
New York City's green spaces are a prominent and lovely feature of the metropolis. 22.3% of the area of Manhattan is dedicated to parks and other open stretches.
The best-known of the New York City parks is, of course, Central Park. In the heart of Manhattan, this 843-acre park is host to over 250 species of birds, several ponds, and areas for myriad outdoor activities, from baseball to chess to celebrity-spotting. The lovely Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park, site of various New York Net.Goth picnics, has a charming medieval feel. For those who want to see green without the trials of dealing with actual weather, there is also the Botanical Gardens, a museum of plants and a National Historic Landmark.
Commentary by the Convergence 7 Committee, August, 2000.