Party Earth Review A luscious swath of green just behind the New York Public Library, Bryant Park is an activity-filled mecca for people of all ages and interests. Young professionals and local office workers take over the hundreds of patio tables on sunny afternoons to people-watch over lunch, as students stretch out on the grass to read ... more
Between 40th and 42nd Street just east of Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Party Earth Review A whirlwind of designer fashion, celebrity sightings, and the festive aroma of roasted chestnuts, New York City’s famous Fifth Avenue shopping district is a half-mile stretch of consumer heaven riddled with chichi shops. On weekdays, the area – which stretches from 48th to 59th Street – attracts successful New Yorkers stocking ... more
Fifth Avenue between 48th and 59th Streets
New York, NY 10022
Party Earth Review A playground for grownups, families, and tourists alike, Chelsea Piers and its restaurants, bars, and 28-acre sports facility truly offers something for everyone. Athletic types will find plenty to do by day at the gymnastics stadium, rock climbing walls, and several indoor basketball courts and sports fields, while savvy ... more
West 23rd Street and the Hudson River
New York, NY 10011
Party Earth Review Sprawling from 48th to 51st Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, the world-famous Rockefeller Center is a bustling nerve center that welcomes millions of local and foreign visitors every year. Weekdays see the area abuzz with everyone from business people and ad execs hurrying off to lunch meetings to the more ... more
48th to 51st Streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
New York, NY 10112
Party Earth Review One of the busiest, most frenetic, and most visually stimulating urban centers in the world, Times Square offers a vast assortment of dining, shopping, and entertainment options that go beyond its famous bright lights and giant flashing advertisements. Usually filled with hordes of tourists and people who work in the area ... more
42nd Street to 50th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Party Earth Review A casual dog-friendly hangout tucked discreetly into Riverside Park, the seasonal Hudson Beach Café provides a laid-back oasis for Upper West Siders, young professionals, and nearby Columbia students to kick back with a frozen margarita, a burger, and a view of the New Jersey skyline. Patrons entering at 103rd Street need ... more
105th Street & Riverside Park (Riverside Park 103rd Street entrance)
New York, NY 10025
Culture / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review No place epitomizes the spirit of New York City quite like Central Park, an 843-acre swath of green that stretches from 59th Street to 110th Street, making it a much-needed and much-loved escape for the city’s overworked urbanites. Seven bodies of water and countless sprawling lawns provide a playground for everyone from ... more
New York, NY 10019
Party Earth Review With its famous chess tables dotting 14th Street and its alternative artistic vibe, Union Square has been one of Manhattan’s defining cultural landmarks since the 1800s when it was the site for union rallies. Now a favorite with NYU students and local lunching workers, the park offers plenty of conversation pieces and people ... more
14th to 17th Street between Union Square West (University) and Union Square East (Fourth Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Party Earth Review An eighty-five-acre stretch of piers, marshes, lawns, and coves, Brooklyn Bridge Park has something for just about everyone – and all of it with views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan skyline, and the Statue of Liberty. Though portions of the park aren’t slated to open till 2013, the wide green lawns and center hill of ... more
Extends along the East River Waterfront
from the Manhattan Bridge to Pier 6
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Party Earth Review A labyrinthine explosion of smells, people, stores, and activity, Chinatown is a bustling enclave that feels like a genuine slice of Hong Kong. Visitors may notice that typical rules don’t apply in this neighborhood, where tourists openly haggle with counterfeit handbag vendors on Canal Street and ancient grandmothers aggressively ... more
Borders Broome Street and Delancey Street on the north side; Broadway and Lafayette on the west side; East River Drive on the south and east sides
New York, NY 10013
Party Earth Review Designed by the same architects who created Central Park, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is a popular getaway for locals and visitors looking for a bit of respite from the city’s hectic pace. A 585-acre expanse of natural beauty, the park connects Park Slope, Crown Heights, and Kensington, bringing together otherwise disparate ... more
Between Prospect Park West, Eastern Parkway, Washington Avenue, and Parkside West
Brooklyn, NY 11218
People might mistake New York for a mass of concrete and high rises, but it doesn’t take long to recognize the incredible array of NYC outdoor activities and outdoor events.
Central Park is the most obvious, as no place epitomizes the spirit of New York quite like this 843-acre swath of green that stretches from 59th Street to 110th Street, making it a much-needed and much-loved escape for the city’s overworked urbanites. Biking, jogging, rollerblading, and just lying in the grass are all perfect ways to spend time outdoors in NYC’s Central Park, but it’s hardly the only grassy expanse in the city to enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities.
Prospect Park in Brooklyn – designed by the same architects who created Central Park – is an equally popular getaway, and there’s also Brooklyn Bridge Park, Union Square, and Bryant Park, all of which provide ample space for any number of outdoor activities. Once just another abandoned and overgrown set of elevated railroad tracks, the High Line has been transformed into a garden-like oasis where patrons stroll down artfully slanted concrete planks, peruse the booths of local artists, and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere three stories above the city streets.
On the shopping front, SoHo is a dream come true for shopaholics, foodies, and art lovers alike, and offers up a versatile downtown neighborhood with an unending variety of shops, galleries, and restaurants. Times Square, of course, is a must just to walk down, and one of the busiest, most frenetic, and most visually stimulating urban centers in the world bursting with outdoor activities. The same can be said of the world-famous Rockefeller Center, a bustling nerve center that welcomes millions of local and foreign visitors every year with great shopping, farmers markets, and many signature New York outdoor events like the famous Christmas tree lighting in winter.
Spending time outdoors in New York City is a must practically any time of year, just be sure to dress for the occasion so you’ll never miss out on the endless outdoor activities in NYC.