Yes, I spent a week working in New York. No, I hardly left the hotel. But I did manage to make a few forays into the outside world.
This is Bryant Park near Times Square. It's a green respite in the heart of the city. It began in the 1800s as a potter's field. It also was used for military drills during the civil war.
In the 1970s, it was known as "Needle Park" for the drug addicts and prostitutes who had taken over. But in 1992, it was completely refurbished. Apparently, daily attendance counts often exceed 800 people per acre, making it the most densely occupied urban park in the world.