Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park — 71.6 decibels

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park is located at the very southern tip of Manhattan.  Here you can enjoy absolutely beautiful, unobstructed views of the harbor and a nice side view of the Statue of Liberty.  It’s a fairly busy area as there are lots of people walking around.  Despite that, you won’t hear many voices, just the occasional walker chatting too loudly into his or her phone.

But there was a constant background noise during our visit that was too loud to be ignored.  We weren’t sure about its source, but it sounded like a helicopter or large boat engine.  We looked around to see if there was a helicopter hovering in the background, but we didn’t see one.  Whatever the source, the noise was present the entire time we were in the park, and it is the reason the park could not get our best rating.  Well, that and the traffic noise.

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Even though the Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park wasn’t exactly peaceful, it is still worth visiting.  We tried to treat the mystery noise as white noise, focusing instead on the stunning views.   While not foolproof, it helped.  Come here to experience a very attractive, open public space in Manhattan and enjoy the water views.   Bring your lunch when the weather is nice.  Clean public bathrooms are located in the pavillion off of Battery Park City Esplanade, next to Gigino at Wagner Park.

Note: The Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park is a dog-free park.


Open 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily

Public restrooms are open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (May 1 – October 31) and 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (November 1-April 30)


ace (next to the Museum of Jewish Heritage ), New York, NY 10280


Wagner Park

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