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When you live in a concrete jungle like New York City, it can be hard to find the epic beauty that lies outside of the tall buildings, bold and brazen architecture, and hardened streets that leave not as much color to the imagination.  Luckily, one thing that Manhattan has going for it is their amazing parks, which allows us to escape the everyday norm of NYC and enter a plush world of green beauty, playgrounds, and pure excitement, especially in the summer time.

So which ones are our favorites?  Take a look at our top five favorite parks, and head there this weekend for some awesome fun in the sun before the weather starts getting cold again.

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Credit: nycgovparks.org

Bennett Park-Ft Washington Av, W 183 St, Pinehurst Av Manhattan, New York, NY 10033 (historic neighborhood park named for an 18th century publisher, with a playground and beaches)

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Central Park-New York, New York (Boasting historic hand-carved horses, this carousel is one of the largest in the country.)

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Bryant Park- New York, New York (Green space behind the NY Public Library’s main branch, with 4 acres, a cafe and other food kiosks.)

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Credit: Wikipedia

Washington Square Park- New York, New York (Historic Greenwich Village concrete-&-green park known for its stately arch & prime people-watching.)

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Marcus Garvey Park- New York, New York (Public space with a community center, 2 playgrounds, drawbridges, an outdoor pool & summer concerts.)

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