New Yorkers know there are many other parks in the city besides Central Park. But what may be a surprise to many fellow city-dwellers, is beautiful Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan. Housing the Cloisters, the medieval collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the public park has a number of remarkably glorious areas such as the Heather Garden (photograph above and below), an English-Italian style garden that attracts unusual butterflies and pretty birds of song – and I happen to know of a family of groundhogs that has also been spotted enjoying the bounty of the garden! Outside of the Brooklyn and New YorkBotanical Gardens that have an entrance fee, this lovely little free gem is truly a unique find in the city that never sleeps.
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