Finding Comfort in a Busy City

By Gisel Marmolejo

It’s hard to find peace and comfort in a big urban city.

Our first instinct might be to find a way to get as far away from the city as possible, but in New York City we think differently.

Once winter has passed and we start to get a glimpse of Spring with forecasts of “78 and Sunny” many New Yorkers escape the city by commuting right down to the center of Manhattan. Yes, you heard us correctly. We find peace and comfort right in the core of NYC at a local favorite, Central Park.

Some people enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, while others love the towering skyscrapers of an urban city, but why not have both? Our favorite spot is a couple of feet northeast of Strawberry Fields, near turtle pond, where you get great views of the park and some of New York’s best architecture.

The best part? This is a fairly undiscovered part of the park so not only are you free from tourists and crazy street performers, but it’s so quiet you can hear the chirps and songs of nearby birds, which we think is way better than the excessive honking from local taxi drivers.

Some of our favorite activities in this area of the park are reading a book on a bench overlooking the lake, having a picnic under the cherry blossom trees, renting a boat on the lake, having lunch at the Loeb boathouse, and enjoying the sunset on Bow bridge.


We believe that everyone can find peace and comfort in a big urban city, where you can be surrounded by both towering skyscrapers and the peace of finding your own spot in a big city.

Here are some of our favorite spots we’ve discovered while globetrotting:

Hyde Park - London, U.K
Grand Park - Los Angeles, U.S
Kenny Park - Seattle, U.S
People’s Park - Shanghai, C.N

Let us know in the comments some of your favorite spots and how you find peace and comfort in a big urban city!



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