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Paley Park

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Address: 3 E 53rd St, New York City, NY 10022-4200
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Relief from the hustle and bustle

Agree it is a lovely oasis although it shouldn't be seen as a smokers oasis - it is a relief from the hustle and bustle of the city and a great spot for a coffee with the backdrop... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Agree it is a lovely oasis although it shouldn't be seen as a smokers oasis - it is a relief from the hustle and bustle of the city and a great spot for a coffee with the backdrop of the waterfall/

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

If you are a smoker and you want to enjoy a smoke with a coffee and relax without being criticized, just visit this small oasis. I visited with my husband who is a smoker and although I am not I enjoyed it as much. The waterfall is so relaxing and dies away the noise of the city; the plants are... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This nice romantic place is located right in midtown Manhattan and it is a nice serene peaceful getaway from the busy city of New York. Not many people are here so its romantic and there is a nice huge amazing waterfall! Great for pictures and I believe theres a restaurant too but I didn't eat so i'm not too sure... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We found this place by accident and it was probably our favourite place! It was a hot morning already by 10 o clock with a long day of walking in front of us. This place appeared like a veritable mirage in front of us. Once seated by the cool cascade of water we went up to the kiosk and ordered... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

I worked a few blocks away, and often visited this park at lunchtime, to get away from the stresses of legal work. The water, the trees, the silence ... all refreshed my spirits ... and it was a joy to stop by recently and feel the same peacefulness. One of the most admired urban 'pocket parks' in the world. An... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

What a find. In a city where everything is so horrifically expensive you can have dirt cheap coffee and pastry in a beautiful setting. This was our best find in nyc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

I've been enjoying this park on visits to the City since it opened nearly 50 years ago. At that time I was frequently here because I went to college up the Hudson River. In fact, at that time Paley Park was one of several things that inspired me to become an urban planner. Having not been to the park during... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

So after walking too far without eating food, we spotting this place, with a sign. Cafe, burgers and hotdogs! We were far beyond being picky on what we ate, as long as it wasn't one of those food trucks! Got a hot dog, and some homemade lemonde that absolutely hit the spot! It was also very windy, which was great... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Growing up in NYC, Paley Park was always a place I loved to hang out. It's still as magical and soothing as ever.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

It's a nice spot to take a break from the city, while you stay in the city. Only the sound of falling water, no cars of other traffic. Have a coffee or a small bite and enjoy the peace.

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