Map courtesy of the Open Planning Project.

Friday is Park(ing) Day, when New York City's obscene surfeit of parking spots will, for one glorious day, finally be put to good use! This year's Park(ing) Day will see roughly 50 parking spaces—twice the number as last year—transformed into creative little urban oases. The whole thing started back in 2005, when Transportation Alternatives commandeered a parking spot and put out chairs so people could sit and gab. Now it's an international event in 50 cities around the world. Most of the little parks will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here are some spaces you may want to check out:

  • The Lower Eastside Girls Club's “Make Tea, Not Traffic” spot at 1st Avenue and 1st Street will feature oversized tea cups and giant paper mache mushrooms, plus a free Tea Time between 4 p.m. to 6pm.
  • The "Stay-cation" park at Court Street and Atlantic Avenue promises grass, lawn chairs, umbrellas, a kiddie pool for children (and even adults), board games, deck of cards, and even a game of twister.
  • The Times Up! park at 7th Avenue South and Charles Street will have free pastries from eco-friendly Birdbath Bakery, as well as free bike tune-ups.
  • At Bedford and North 7th, you'll be welcomed into a meditation garden with wind chimes, a yoga instructor, massage therapist, and a Japanese rock garden.

Here's the complete list and more details on all the Park(ing) locations.