50 things to do in New York City on a Saturday 2012

Make the most of your Saturday with these urban adventures.



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Learn pétanque in Bryant Park

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You may think it's a haughty version of bocce, but you'd be wrong. Get the inside track on the game with a free lesson from a member of the La Boule New Yorkaise club (labouleny.com) at the Bryant Park courts. Just stroll up and find the instructor in the club's T-shirt, and he or she will school you on the basic rules in around 15 minutes. You're free to stay and play with the clubs's equipment as long as you like (although it does get busy during lunch) and receive further insights on strategy and tactics.

  1. Gravel courts at the corner of Sixth Ave and 42nd St
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Commune with nature in Battery Park

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Avoid the crowds in Central and Prospect Parks by taking a stroll through Manhattan's verdant southernmost tip. The green space is home to two gardens: The seven-year-old Bosque, which covers three acres and features 140 London plane trees; and the Gardens of Remembrance, where you can see more than 100 different types of perennials. Stop for a bite at one of the food kiosks dotted throughout the park: An outpost of Zak Pelaccio's Asian-inflected BBQ joint Fatty 'Cue opened there in 2011, along with Fatty Snack, which offers treats like shaved ice ($3), cookies ($3) and milkshakes ($5).

  1. Enter at State and Whitehall Sts
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Take a ride at Coney Island

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Last year, the Scream Zone annex expanded Luna Park with two modern roller coasters, the Soaring Eagle and the Steeplechase, as well as the Sling Shot, which hurls two people 150 feet high into the air, and a spinning disc called the Zenobio. But for our money, the rickety Cyclone remains the scariest, especially because it celebrates its 85th birthday this summer.

  1. 834 Surf Ave at 8th St, Coney Island
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Relax on The High Line

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Opened in 2009, this highly anticipated outdoor park sits on the elevated infrastructure built on Manhattan's West Side in the 1930s. Today, sumptuous gardens and outdoor sculpture adorn this magnificent walkway, which is also an excellent place to enjoy a view of the Hudson River. Check out our complete guide to events on the elevated park, plus things to do nearby.

  1. Washington St at Gansevoort St
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