The most refreshing places to sit

Take the weight off, and admire the views at these sittin' spots.

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  • Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

    The Sunning Pier at Gantry Plaza State Park (enter at 49th Ave at Center Blvd, Long Island City, Queens; 718-786-6385, nysparks.state.ny.us)

    The seat: Wooden chaise longues and benches (they spray mist while you sit!)
    Where to find it: Enter the park at 49th Avenue and Center Boulevard. Chaise longues: Follow the curving pier to the end of the dock. Misting benches: The benches are there at the entrance to the park.
    The scenery: Looking over the East River, you'll have a panorama of midtown Manhattan to the front, including the Chrysler Building, and old railroad gantries to the back.
    While you're there: Stop by the Riverview Restaurant & Lounge (2-01 50th Ave at 2nd St; Long Island City, Queens; 718-392-5000, riverviewny.com), which overlooks the Gantry Plaza, for more gorgeous sights over brunch, lunch or dinner.

  • Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

    The David Rockefeller Linden Terrace and Cloisters Lawn at Fort Tryon Park (Margaret Corbin Circle [Fort Washington Ave at Cabrini Blvd]; 212-795-1388, ftpt.org)

    The seat: Wooden benches
    Where to find it: Linden Terrace: From the Margaret Corbin Circle drive, take the Stan Michels Promenade directly there. Cloisters Lawn: From the Margaret Corbin Circle entrance, follow the pathway to the left of the Heather Garden. The Cloisters Lawn is on the right.
    The scenery: You'll be treated to an expansive view of lush gardens and the Hudson River. If it weren't for the George Washington Bridge in your peripheral vision, you might even forget you're in New York City.
    While you're there: Check out the mythical creatures frolicking in the unicorn tapestries at The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Dr [Fort Tryon Park]; 212-923-3700, metmuseum.org; admission $10--$20).

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    GreenAcre Park (E 51st St between Second and Third Aves; 212-649-5691, pps.org)

    The seat: Green Bertoia-style wire chairs
    Where to find it: You'll see the chairs immediately as you enter.
    The scenery: This tiny jewel of a park features a 25-foot-high waterfall and a tri-level seating area. The colorful chairs feel far away from midtown, and the waterfall's soothing sounds will ease you into a relaxed pose.
    While you're there: Grab a snack from Jack's coffee stand, and don't put your feet up---the serenity here comes with rules. You can't put your feet up on the chairs, or move the furniture. You're also not allowed to take pictures or play music here (although you can listen to anything you'd like on headphones).

  • Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

    The Diller--von Furstenberg Sundeck on The High Line (just north of 14th St; 212-500-6035, thehighline.org)

    The seat: Wooden lounge chairs on wheels  
    Where to find it: Enter the High Line at West 14th Street and walk north about half a block.
    The scenery: You'll look out onto the aging skyline from the Meatpacking District's most picturesque locale.
    While you're there: Stay on the elevated walkway and stroll to the nearby Chelsea Market Passage to gawk at the public art on display, including Spencer Finch's watery-colored glass-pane display, The River That Flows Both Ways. And stop by People's Pops (shaved ice $2.50, pops $3.50) and L'Arte del Gelato ($4.50--$5.50) for a sweet snack while you mull over all the visuals.

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    Riverview Terrace at Sutton Place Park (East River between 56th and 57th Sts; nysparks.state.ny.us)

    The seat: Wooden benches
    Where to find it: At the corner of 58th Street and York Avenue, walk east until you hit Sutton Place.
    The scenery: This uncluttered tableau of the East River and the Queensboro Bridge is the same one Woody Allen and Diane Keaton took in during Allen's 1979 film Manhattan. Nestled in the pristine Sutton Place neighborhood, the waterfront stretch is a pleasantly quiet escape from the roar of the trains crossing the bridge.
    While you're there: If you're an extreme early bird, this is the perfect place to watch the sun rise---you'll have a whole bench to yourself, too, so you can take a cat nap afterward.

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    Main Street Park at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Main St at Plymouth St, Dumbo, Brooklyn; 718-222-9939, brooklynbridgeparknyc.org)

    The seat: Amphitheater-style steps
    Where to find it: Enter at the corner of Main and Plymouth streets and walk straight---the steps will be on your left.
    The scenery: These deep steps are between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. At their foot is a small patch of rocky shoreline that leads into the river; above you is an unobstructed vista of Dumbo's defining structures.
    While you're there: Tote along your laptop---Brooklyn Bridge Park offers free Wi-Fi. Surf the Web over a slice of chocolate-peanut-butter pie ($7) from Bubby's Brooklyn, just across the street (1 Main St between Plymouth and Water Sts; 718-222-0666, bubbys.com).

Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

The Sunning Pier at Gantry Plaza State Park (enter at 49th Ave at Center Blvd, Long Island City, Queens; 718-786-6385, nysparks.state.ny.us)

The seat: Wooden chaise longues and benches (they spray mist while you sit!)
Where to find it: Enter the park at 49th Avenue and Center Boulevard. Chaise longues: Follow the curving pier to the end of the dock. Misting benches: The benches are there at the entrance to the park.
The scenery: Looking over the East River, you'll have a panorama of midtown Manhattan to the front, including the Chrysler Building, and old railroad gantries to the back.
While you're there: Stop by the Riverview Restaurant & Lounge (2-01 50th Ave at 2nd St; Long Island City, Queens; 718-392-5000, riverviewny.com), which overlooks the Gantry Plaza, for more gorgeous sights over brunch, lunch or dinner.

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Brian
Brian

This is indeed a lovely spot. But I must point out that there absolutely no trains crossing this bridge!