Outdoor Activity / Park
Party Earth Review Once just another abandoned and overgrown set of elevated railroad tracks, the High Line has been transformed into an urban park 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. Planted with over two hundred ... more
Washington Street and Gansevoort Street, and Tenth Avenue at West 14th Street (elevator), West 16th Street (elevator), West 18th Street, West 20th Street, West 23rd Street, West 26th Street, West 28th Street, and West 30th Street
New York, NY 10011
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
Hudson River Greenway
Manhattan, NY 10014
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
Live Music Venue / Park
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 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 Perched as it is on Manhattan’s southern edge, it’s easy to see why Battery Park began life as a military compound, and even easier to understand why the twenty-five-acre expanse offers some seriously stellar views. Before Ellis Island opened its port and the Statue of Liberty set her gaze, it was Battery Park that welcomed ... more
Battery Place to South Street
New York, NY 10004
Live Music Venue / Park
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
Central Park gets all the headlines, but there are plenty of other New York parks worth visiting. Nonetheless, this famous park offers all within New York City’s boundaries a fantastic escape from the concrete jungle around them, with 840+ acres of lakes, meadows, running and biking trails, museums, shaded forests, and so much more.
Stretching all over this bustling metropolis, hundreds of other parks keep everyone’s outdoor activities calendar full. Notable NYC parks include Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx Park, Pelham Bay Park, Flushing Meadows Park, Forest Park, Floyd Bennett Field, Jamaica Bay, Jacob Riis Park, Fort Tilden, Fort Wadsworth, Miller Field, and Great Kills Park.
And of course there’s Prospect Park, which is Brooklyn’s own version of Central Park – designed by the same guys – and offers 585 acres of lakes, sports facilities, outdoor concerts, and so much more.
Sure, you could spend the day holed up in some big skyscraper or sucking fumes down in the subway, but why not venture out to one of these many parks? You can play some sports, chill with a hot dog, watch a concert, toss a Frisbee, and so much more at the parks in New York. Sometimes the best things in life really are free, aren’t they?