Far in the northwest corner of the Bronx, there’s a park that’s perfect for New Yorkers looking to reconnect with nature — yet you’ve probably never heard of it.
Known as Wave Hill, the 28-acre park was originally developed in the mid-1800s and has at different times been home to both Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain. After passing through the hands of many different owners, the park was eventually donated to the city of New York by the Perkins-Freeman family in 1962.
The park was in trouble of closing in the early 1990s, and only an anonymous donor was able to save it. Today, it’s owned by the city and run by a private board of directors.
Wave Hill may not be as big or attract as many visitors as Central park or Prospect Park, but it’s meant to be a quit retreat. Though it’s technically still in New York, the hustle and bustle of the city will feel far away.
And you have to pay to get in — annual memberships cost $50 for an individual and $90 for a family. Otherwise, you can pay a $8 daily entry fee.
We visited the park on a beautiful fall day, and the noisy traffic, grey skyscrapers, and crowded subways of Manhattan felt a world away.