Best Park to Play Hooky, Smoke a Spliff, and Drink 40s (2008)

Madison Square Park

The thrill of Madison Square Park comes from its being adjacent to one of the city's most dynamic crossroads: Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street. The heaving cement and scraggly trees don't provide much refuge. But you can sip Olde Gold at leisure while watching the mamis and Flatiron hotties parade by. And directly across 23rd, there's a panoply of fatty foods—Subway, Mickey D's, Chinese—to help induce the closest thing to midday serenity viable in the concrete jungle.


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