Summer in the City necessitates a quest for sanctuary. Finding hidden gems of peace in the urban landscape is easier than you think. In the East Village there are 40-some-odd gardens alone, translating into an urban oasis. Names like Le Petit Versaille and The Secret Garden may lure you--but some of the most enchanting sanctuaries are named after avenues, such as 6BC (for 6th Street btwn avenues B and C) and Sixth Street & Avenue B (the precise location). In these spaces you may dream of faraway places or you might just enjoy the zen of being in the moment, right where you without having to go very far at all ...

6BC Botanical Garden | (c) 2012 roberta fineberg

East Village Community Garden Photo Hunt, NYC