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June 26, 2018
It’s finally summer! Our home, New York, is at its most alive during the warm weather, and we’re always excited to explore all that the city has to offer. We’re grabbing our transit socks and some of our other favorite summery pairs as we step onto one of the many MTA trains and cruise around to find some of the best outdoor spots in town. Here are five of our favorites from all around the five boroughs!
The Highline has risen to prominence as one of NYC’s fastest growing and most popular attractions for tourists and residents alike, and for good reason. The repurposed train track walkway boasts an extensive collection of native and foreign plants, along with impressive panoramic views showcasing the Harlem River and the quickly-developing west side of Manhattan. When you’re feeling hungry, head downstairs to Chelsea Market and experience some of New York’s best options for food and drink.
In the center of Brooklyn stands one of its most popular cultural institutions - the Botanical Garden. It’s not just one collection either: a dozen outdoor gardens span across several acres, along with an indoor greenhouse which hosts a slew of tropical and desert plants. Sit and take in the sun in one of the BBG’s peaceful fields, find some shade underneath the Japanese cherry trees, or enjoy a hike through one of its wooded paths -- complete with identification for all of the wildlife within.
Need to cool off? Head into Queens and hop off on the last stop of the N or W train to visit Astoria Park, which hosts the city’s largest public swimming pool (330 feet long!). As you dry off, take a walk along the river to check out some of the best views there are of Manhattan’s east side.
On the opposite end of the yellow line (and also the orange) lies one of New York’s most famous attractions. The combination of beach, boardwalk and amusement park rides are enough to keep you busy all day (or maybe for two!). Make sure to check out the Cyclone, one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in existence, and keep watch for the variety of live music offered throughout the summer season. The nearby aquarium is also a great option to escape the heat for a while, perfect for those traveling with children.
Need a beach with a bit more space? Hop on the (free) Staten Island Ferry and head to the FDR Boardwalk and Beach. With a walking trail spanning 2 ½ miles, this spot boasts one of the city’s largest waterfront areas, with amenities including beachside volleyball, children’s playgrounds and even a canoe/kayak area. Despite the length of the trip to get out to the Island from the rest of the city, this spot is definitely worth your time for a great day trip.
~Ben LoPiccolo - Content Creator for Ozone Design