A Secret Garden

The Garden at St. Luke in the Fields Church
487 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014
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You thought the West Village couldn't be any more charming. Until you discover the walled garden next to the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, New York City's third oldest church, founded in 1820. A serene oasis of flowers including roses, magnolias, azaleas and petunias, the garden is open to the public every day from 7am 'til 5pm (Saturdays 'til 10). (Note: The church also serves as a school, so it's best to visit before or after school hours.) Stroll its verdant paths, listen to the house sparrow near the tool shed and marvel that you're actually still in the city. Afterward, amble over to Turks & Frogs (323 W. 11th St, 212 691 8875), the antique shop-cum-wine bar, for an early evening drink.