Places for sunbathing and sunshading
We break down the best sunny and shady spots in all five boroughs, for the Donatella Versace (or Robert Pattinson) in you.
Tue Jul 21 2009
Sunbathing: Astoria Park (23rd Dr at 19th St, 718-626-8623, Astoria)
Slap on some sunscreen and then chose your position—whether it’s lying along the river or between a couple of trees—in this 66-acre park. From its location just under the Triborough Bridge, it offers sweeping views of Manhattan. If the heat gets to you, take a dip in AP’s giant pool (19th St between Ditmars Blvd and Hoyt Ave, 718-626-8623; free)—the city’s oldest and largest.
Postsun spot: Only about ten blocks away, stake out an oversize picnic table at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden (2919 24th Ave at 29th St; 718-274-4925, bohemianhall.com) and order a few rounds of Pilsner Urquell and potato dumplings.
Sunshading: Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd at Broadway, Long Island City; 718-956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org)
Tranquil Socrates Sculpture Park is a haven for LIC residents. “This solitary feeling is something you just can’t get anywhere else,” says local Tiffany Jones, who comes to the SSP five days a week to take in the artwork that dots the grassy field. Situate yourself on the rocks at the edge of the park for a great view of the East River, overlooking Roosevelt Island and upper Manhattan, or stick to the park’s tree-lined perimeter to tour the outdoor museum.
Postshade spot: Strike a pose on Saturday mornings during a free, hour-long Kripalu Yoga class (9:30--10:30am, 11am--noon; through Sept 19), which combines body postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. Bring your own mat or towel.