It's September, which means that we're in that precious sweet spot where NYC's temperature hovers between unbearably hot and unbearably cold. During this time, you may find yourself wanting to spend your weekends in the refuge of one of the city's many parks and gardens.

One of the best things about NYC is that there are so many hidden green spaces. Seemingly on every corner, there's a hidden patch of green or a little bench at the center of a ring of tulips, disrupting the sirens and the smoke. Even in Manhattan, where every square inch of real estate has value, there are a surprising number of green spaces to be found, creatively squished between buildings or even planted inside skyscrapers.

Here's a list of some of the island's best secret gardens, where you can find solitude and peace amidst the changing leaves.

4. East 43rd Street's Hidden Rainforest

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Within one of the busiest parts of the concrete jungle, there's a very real jungle—found inside an office building. The Ford Foundation's offices at 320 East 43rd Street contain a verdant rainforest that grows in the center of the skyscraper, just a stone's throw from the UN. Spiraling up twelve floors, the rainforest is kept alive by the building's greenhouse-like design. It's open to the public, too, so the next time you're having a panic attack in midtown, you know where to go.

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