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Although Central Park gets most of the attention, Manhattan has several other parks, one of which is located just east of Central Park in the Upper East Side/Yorkville. Carl Schurz Park runs along the eastern edge of Manhattan along the East River across from Roosevelt Island. The northern portion of the park includes Gracie Mansion, the residence of the mayor of New York (should he or she choose to live there). Visitors can arrange a tour of the mansion during specific times. South of the mansion, a large path runs along the river, affording lovely views of the water and Roosevelt Island, as well as Queens and Brooklyn in the background. The park, however, offers some wonderful views of its own. From the promenade along the river, winding staircases lead down into a lovely park set down from the surrounding area. The park is filled with undulating hills of trees and plants, grass and flowers. The park really feels like an oasis in the city, set off from the buildings surrounding it.

Carl Schurz Park offers a lovely respite from the hustle and bustle of the city and is much quieter than nearby Central Park. It is a nice place to visit, and we recommend checking it out when you’re in the neighborhood.

Note: For those who are interested in history, this area used to have a high concentration of German immigrants, and a few shops and restaurants from that time remain.