One of NYC’s best-concealed secrets, Carl Schurz Park is truly a local gem, hidden just off East End Avenue in Yorkville. Known for its cultivated gardens, woodland areas, playgrounds, and dog runs; this beautiful 15-acre public park is a place where locals relax with family and friends. The most tranquil location is Peter Pan Garden, a hidden cul-de-sac framed by trees and anchored by a beautiful sculpture of Peter Pan, it’s the perfect spot for reading. Along the edge of the park, you’ll find the esplanade, which offers sweeping views of the East River and bridges. A great place to sit and watch the boats go by. If you visit on a Monday, be sure to reserve one of the guided tours of the iconic Gracie Mansion. The mansion is one of the oldest surviving wood structures in Manhattan and the official residence of the Mayor of New York City.