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Central Park views via Corcoran Central Park views via Corcoran
As the weather warms up, buds are emerging on trees and New Yorkers are eager to spend more time outside, both walking everywhere and visiting Central Park, the city's most famous park and the most visited in the United States. Many people dream of having Central Park for their backyard, but this privilege comes at quite a cost: According to CityRealty listings, the median price of a Central Park West condo is $2.8 million, and co-ops aren't far behind with a median price of $1.995 million. Things are no less daunting on the east side, where the closest condos to Central Park have a median price of $6.55 million and co-ops have a median price of $2.77 million.

But while Central Park is one of New York's most impressive parks, it is far from New York's only park. There is green space to be found from the Lower East Side to the upmost reaches of Upper Manhattan, and these parks offer their own green space, community, and activities (with a bonus of fewer tourists!). We present listings under $1 million near some of New York's less splashy parks.
Tompkins Square Park
Tompkins-Square-Park-01 Tompkins Square Park via Flickr (Zimbablade)
Tompkins Square Park has undergone an amazing renaissance since the dark days of the 1980s, when a clash between police officers and encampments of homeless people culminated in a riot. The park was closed for restoration in the early 1990’s. Since then, its playgrounds, sports courts, and chess tables have attracted New Yorkers of all ages.
206-East-7th-Street-1 206 East 7th Street via Compass
99-Avenue-B-1 99 Avenue B via Douglas Elliman

Madison Square Park
Madison-Square-Park-01 Madison Square Park via Sam Johnson (Flickr)
NoMad is one of New York’s most rapidly rising neighborhoods, and all because of the “Mad” in the acronym, Madison Square Park. The potter’s field turned park is known for its dog runs, playgrounds, and mix of classic bronze sculptures and a rotation of contemporary art exhibits. And who needs a barbecue grill when the park has the first-ever Shake Shack?
66-Madison-Avenue-1 The Madison Parq via Compass
121-East-23rd-Street-1 Crossing 23rd via Brown Harris Stevens

Riverside Park
Riverside-Park-01 Riverside Park via Yan-Di Chang (Flickr)
According to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Riverside Park is one of only eight scenic landmarks in New York. Early park development encouraged the construction of mansions and residential buildings along Riverside Drive. Decades later, its green space, athletic offerings, and river views are still a powerful lure for Manhattanites.
304-West-75th-Street-1 304 West 75th Street via Argo Corporation
170-Claremont-Avenue-1 170 Claremont Avenue via Warburg

Fort Tryon Park
Fort-Tryon-Park-01 Fort Tryon Park via Keith Michael (Flickr)
More than 100 years after John D. Rockefeller Jr. started acquiring parcels of land to create a park, Fort Tryon Park has blossomed into a gorgeous uptown oasis with Hudson River views and endless recreation options. It hosts New York’s largest public garden, its largest dog run, two playgrounds, volleyball courts, and built-in ping pong tables. It is also home to the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with medieval works.
720-Fort-Washington-Avenue-1 720 Fort Washington Avenue via Stribling
4501-Broadway-1 4501 Broadway via Corcoran

Prospect Park
Prospect-Park-01 Prospect Park via Jason Hawkins (Flickr)
Prospect Park is the most inland of all the parks on this list, but that is not to say that it suffers from lack of waterfront activity: Its intricate wetlands allow for canoeing and catch-and-release fishing. Throughout the rest of the park, which contains the majority of Brooklyn’s remaining indigenous forest, several athletic and cultural offerings are highly attractive to families seeking a peaceful environment with easy city access.
902-President-Street-1 902 President Street via Compass
570-7th-Street-1 570 7th Street via Corcoran
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