The Conservatory Garden runs right along Fifth Avenue starting just a few blocks north of our apartment, with formidable wrought-iron gates guarding the entrance. The Vanderbilt Gates, after a local family who used to live on this spot, doesn't that just sound rich and snobby and intimidating?
The gardens are quite large, covering about 6 acres, and separated into French, English and Italian landscapes. It's an incredibly peaceful spot, as it's a bit further north than the heavily visited East Meadow of Central Park.
There are tons of hidden benches and cozy reading nooks to discover.
I felt like Mary Lennox peering into a new secret garden each corner we turned.
(There's even a statue of Frances Hodgson Burnett.)
And just north of the gardens is a tiny lake I didn't know existed! The absolutely adorable Harlem Meer is nestled into the north eastern corner of Central Park, with narrow walking paths along all edges and fisherman dotting the shorelines. I couldn't believe it when I saw people fishing! Pops, found your new favorite spot in NYC.
Thanks for coming to visit, Laurie!