Best parks to watch the sunset
Grab your main squeeze for a dazzling light show at these romantic spots.
Mon Jul 5 2010
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Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier
Nothing stands between you and the stunning view at this solitary pier: You'll have your pick of benches from which to watch barges and sailboats ferry around the New York Harbor as the sun sinks below Lady Liberty—a prime free glimpse of the statue this side of the Staten Island Ferry. Enterprising types can tote a fishing rod to the edge. Or take a cue from the horny Red Hook teenagers and bring your sweetheart for some good, old-fashioned necking after the sky goes dark. Coffey St at Ferris St, Red Hook, Brooklyn (nycgovparks.org)
Gantry Plaza State Park
The sunset is spectacular year round at this pristine little park, but it'll be especially dazzling during Manhattanhenge on July 11 and 12, when the sinking orange sun aligns with the borough's grid and shines right across 34th and 42nd streets to Long Island City. Claim one of the comfy chaise longues, or kick back on a hammock and enjoy the show. 48th Ave at Center Blvd, Long Island City, Queens (718-786-6385, nysparks.com)
This aptly named, carefree locale boasts a sublime panoramic view of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and the sky changing colors over the New York Bay. Climb to the top of the hill for the loveliest vista, but don't expect it to be a peaceful one: Kites, kids and grills add a definite Modern Family vibe to the scene. You can always block out the noise with an iPod, and bring a headphone splitter for your date. Fifth Ave between 41st and 44th Sts, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (nycgovparks.org)