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Enjoy the Outdoors at These Archtober Partner Locations

A selection of outdoor oases in the city and beyond, courtesy of our partners!

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July 6, 2023

With a public parks system that boasts over 29,000 acres of open spaces, figuring out where to enjoy the great outdoors in New York City as the weather warms can be a daunting task. Archtober is here to help with a selection of outdoor oases in the city and beyond, courtesy of our partners!  

Jon Lott / Para Project, Bivouac for Models, 2023. Photo: Gregory Carideo.Courtesy: Art Omi.

Art Omi – Art Omi’s 120 acres in the Hudson Valley present more than 60 large-scale works by contemporary artists and architects, with pieces added or exchanged each year. Don’t miss the latest additions to the park: Groundwork by AD—WO and Bivouac for Models by Jon Lott / Para Project.

Aerial view of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. Photo: Courtesy of Four Freedoms Park.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park – A public memorial to the 32nd president of the United States at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, Four Freedoms was also the final project of renowned modernist architect Louis I. Kahn. When the architect died of a heart attack in Pennsylvania Station in 1974, the final drawings for the park were found in his briefcase.  

Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo: Green-Wood Cemetery.

Green-Wood Cemetery – Founded in 1838, Green-Wood’s 478 acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds are home to one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. A magnet for history buffs and bird watchers, the cemetery also offers diverse programming, including art installations, concerts, and after-dark tours.  

Little Island. Photo: Elizabeth Felicella.

Little Island – The artificial island, a join collaboration between Heatherwick Studio and MNLA, offers two acres of whimsical parkland with dazzling views of the city. Over 400 native species are planted in 132 pre-cast concrete pots that rise out of the Hudson River.  Little island hosts free concerts, DJ sets, and dance parties all throughout the summer.  

Wave Hill garden. Photo: Wave Hill.

Wave Hill — Located on a high ridge above the Hudson River estuary in the Bronx, Wave Hill features 28 acres of gardens, grounds, and woodlands offering sweeping views of the Palisades. Visit on your own or join a guided tour: Wave Hill offers Public Garden Highlights Walks every Thursday and Sunday.  

Grace Farms River Building as seen from the paddocks. Photo: Dean Kaufman.

Grace Farms – SANAA’s internationally acclaimed, undulating River Building sits amidst 80 acres of natural landscape in New Canaan, CT. Experience its nature trails, restored meadows, and diverse natural habitats while engaging the arts and exploring faith.