FORT TRYON PARK
741 Fort Washington Ave., Manhattan
Yes, the trails are paved and the sounds of nature can be hard to hear over traffic from the Henry Hudson Parkway more than a hundred feet below, but a walk through the 3 acres of Fort Tryon Park in spring is as close to heaven as a nature lover gets in New York City. Plus, when the pollen really begins to aggravate allergy sufferers, you can always duck into the Cloisters, a medieval monastery that houses the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s uptown branch. Unicorn tapestries? check. Blossoming rhododendrons? Check.