Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Public Parks in NYC run the gamut from  Central Park to simply a place to sit outdoors.
This website offers access to hundreds of these locations throughout NYC. The organizations that have jurisdiction over these spaces are mainly:

 Parks Department (parks, schoolyards into playgrounds, community gardens, greenstreets)
To find a Parks Department Park nearest you click on this link 

Community Gardens: There are over 600 of these in NYC. Of  215 surveyed 169 offer seating.Using the Community Garden map you can locate one in your area.

Department of City Planning- Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) Pops are public spaces created in return for zoning incentives. there are hundreds of POPS. The vast majority are in  Manhattan. POPS vary in quality, some of them are as good or better then any NYC Parks department Park. Others are the equivalent of the Saraha desert..
POPS map:

Department of Transportation- public plazas, bus stop benches, CityBench, curb extensions with seating
List of NYC Public Plazas

State and National Parks in NYC list from NYC parks department.
New York State Parks
Clay Pit Ponds (Staten Island)
East River State Park (Brooklyn)
Gantry Plaza (Queens)
Riverbank State Park (Manhattan)
Roberto Clemente (Bronx)
Roosevelt Island (Manhattan)
National Park Service Parks
Canarsie Pier (Queens)
Floyd Bennett Field (Queens)
Fort Wadsworth (Staten Island)
Gateway National Recreation Area (Brooklyn, Queens & Staten Island)
Jacob Riis Park/Fort Tilden (Queens)
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (Queens)
World War Veterans Park at Miller Field (Staten Island)
Shared Parks
Bayswater Point State Park (Queens)
Empire-Fulton Ferry (Brooklyn)
Governors Island (Manhattan)
Great Kills Park (Staten Island)
Hudson River Park (Manhattan)

Sidewalk cafes
There are over 990 outdoor  "pay per seat" locations in NYC, they are  called Outdoor Cafes and this site lists them link

BIDs: Business Improvement Districts-sidewalk benches


People care about seating where they are, it's a neighborhood matter.We currently have developed 3 community based maps listing all open spaces in the respective communities.
The ParkChelsea map is a interactive neighborhood map that list most public seating opportunities in the neighborhood of Chelsea, Manhattan.(This map also includes Park Hell's Kitchen)
The Park Murray Hill Map is our open spaces map for Murray Hill
 Fitness / Exercise Resources in Washington Heights/Inwood   link

101 Things to Do on a Park Bench Video