There are many wonderful parks and green areas in New York City, one that I feel does not get enough attention is Green-Wood Cemetery. This 478 acre landmark was founded in 1838 and is the permanent home for 560,000 people, including local politicians and artists like Boss Tweed and Jean Michel Basquiat, to name just a few. This is one of the most beautiful cemeteries I have ever been to, filled with gorgeous trees, flowers, bushes, ponds, and birds. It truly is a wonderful place to walk through a visit those great people who have made Brooklyn what it is today.
Also, the French artist Sophie Calle has just recently installed her newest public installation into Green-Wood Cemetery. She place an obelisk with the words: “Here lie the secrets of the visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery” and a slot at the bottom where people can write down and deposit their secrets. This piece will be up for 25 years and Calle will come back periodically when the ground is full and cremate all of the secrets and start anew.
There are free maps available at all of the entrances but if you are going to see the work of Calle I would suggest asking for a bit of directions because it can be tricky to locate.