NYC is the epitome of constant movement, culture, and liveliness. While it’s great to live in a city that energizes you, everyone needs a little R&R every now and then.
Nature has a very quiet and relaxing effect that many people can enjoy. Since moving to NYC (and even before living in the city), I’ve been to Central Park many times, but in more popular areas including around the Bethesda Fountain, Loeb Boathouse and The Reservoir, and more.
I recently took a walk in the park starting at Central Park North (see map below: 110th street). As you’re moving away from the busy streets, you become slowly engulfed by nature. And, above all else: complete silence.
One of the busiest cities in the world suddenly transforms into a peaceful retreat. The only sounds you faintly hear are of birds chirping, water lightly cascading from small waterfalls, and of the wind rustling.
The official Central Park website, which describes this particular section of the park as “perhaps the most secluded and peaceful,” also adds that, “the North Woods offers a taste of the Adirondack Mountains just a few subway stops away from Times Square.”
Walks in the park are usually pensive ones for me, wherein I reconnect with happy childhood memories. I think that’s one of the best qualities of being outdoors – its ability to transport you. Growing up, my family was very active through sports, walks in the park, enjoying nice weather with family by the water, or hiking high up in the Polish Tatra Mountains.