New York attractions: New places to go in NYC in the future
Find out what’s happening with New York attractions that are opening in the future, including the final section of the High Line and new spaces on Governors Island.
Tue Oct 16 2012
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What it is: The former site of the world’s largest landfill, located on Staten Island (we’ll save the jokes), is in the process of becoming a new green space. Upon completion, Freshkills will be nearly three times the size of Central Park.
Why you should care: As the High Line and the proposed Lowline prove, New Yorkers will find a way to reclaim anything for parkland—and this massive dump, which was visible from space (seriously), is no exception. The master planning process to develop Freshkills began in 2003, and since then, proposals have been made for the north and south ends of the spot. Meanwhile, construction has started on Owl Hollow Fields, which will include four soccer fields and a pedestrian walkway, while Schmul Park (offering a playground and basketball courts) is already open. Those who are curious about its progress can get a preview on a Parks Department–led tour—the next one happens Saturday 20. Tours depart from Eltingville Transit Center, 90-98 Wainwright Ave at Richmond Ave, Staten Island (nycgovparks.org/parks/freshkillspark). Sat 20 10am–noon, 1–3pm; Nov 3 at 1pm; free.—Amy Plitt