Pavement, concrete, crowds, skyscrapers. New York City. But then you come across an entrance, gated by greenery and the fresh smell of a meadow. An oasis. 

New York City is filled with a countless number of parks, some tucked away and some national sites filled with horse carriages, restaurants and zoos. They are the greatest paradox of the city, a sanctuary of nature in an urban jungle. The best thing about parks? An escape from the crowd of New York City…the transformative tranquility of green air.

By Nancy Smith

By Nancy Smith

Central Park: Perhaps the most famous park in the world, Central Park stretches from 57th St to 110th St. It is the creme de la creme of parks, containing historical landmarks, bodies of water, playgrounds, restaurants, fountains and a zoo. It is our classic image of a park, lined with trees, rocks and grassy fields. Dogs roam, people walk, birds sing. Un Jardin Sur Le Toit  by Hermes is the quintessential green scent. It has grassy notes that blend with notes of magnolia, rose and pear. You’ll feel like you’ve been frolicking in a meadow before you even enter the park.

By David Berkowitz

By David Berkowitz

The High Line: The most eccentric of parks, the High Line lingers around old train tracks. The downtown beauty is lined with wooden chairs, plants, and unbeatable views. You’ll find it the hotspot for weekend chats, popsicle dates and sunset walks. Dolce by Dolce and Gabbana encapsulates the High Line. It is a classic, but blissfully unique scent, just like the park. It is filled with floral notes from white flowers that blend with White Amaryllis, a South African flower used for the first time in this scent. This fresh, floral perfume is a perfect date to your High Line adventure.

By Wally Gobetz

By Wally Gobetz

Bryant Park: Old NYFW capital, Bryant Park is the perfect lunch spot for a work day. Surrounded by business buildings, stores and cafes, the park is lux, but also an escape. Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs is the sweetest of the four scents, and delectably floral. However, it is still fresh and invigorating– made up of blackberry, wisteria, litchi, pear and coconut. It’s the perfect fresh, urban scent.

Washington Sq Park: As NYU’s playground, Washington Square Park is filled with college students who are hopeful, angsty and unsure. The park is filled with imagination, inspiration, but also a sense of dissonance and confusion. Students try out both, the arts and the hard sciences. They

By A. Strakey

By A. Strakey

ponder by the fountain, and make sure not to walk under the arch. See by Chloe is the perfect scent for the unresolved– its floral, and musky. It’s masculine and feminine. See by Chloe opens with bergamot and apple, followed by floral notes of jasmine and ylang ylang, and ends with musk and vanilla. See  captures the uncertainty and vivacity of the student.