Best Place to Escape NYC in NYC New York 2013 - Sheep Meadow
Leaving New York City can be rough, especially if all you've got in your pocket is $5 and a MetroCard. But really, that's all you need. Walk north toward Central Park West and West 66th Street and into Sheep Meadow, a bit of heaven in the Big Apple. From 1864 to 1934, the field was actually home to grazing sheep that were housed in the building that later became Tavern on the Green. Today, the large, open grassy area is a designated "Quiet Zone" (meaning no dogs, no bikes, no organized activities or sports, and no radios—unless you're wearing headphones), making it an ideal spot to chill out in peace. The meadow is accessible from mid-April through mid-November and opens at 11 a.m., the best time to drop by because there's hardly a soul. Lie down, look up at the open sky, and feel as though you're 1,000 miles from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle.