Urban visionaries Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who most famously designed Central Park, also put their stamp on bucolic Prospect Park. Amenities like the Long Meadow and Nethermead offer plenty of space to pull up on a patch of grass and indulge in some people-watching, and the woodland expanse of the Ravine is a towering forest within bustling Brooklyn. This year, be sure to check out flashy new features like the renovated Endale Arch and Concert Grove Pavilion. We've also have to give props to Robert Moses: The controversial city planner was behind some of the park’s kid-friendly offerings, including the zoo and Wollman Rink, which throws decade-themed skating parties all summer long.
Over the last year, it's become even more clear what an integral part of the city NYC parks are. During this age of outdoor hangs and socially distancing, NYC's parks have become not only a refuge from the stresses of modern life but social hubs that allowed it to continue. This summer, city parks are open once again, ready to welcome New Yorkers back with loads of new features.
New Yorkers cherish their parks as rare treasures in the concrete jungle. And with 1,700 within five boroughs, we're not playing around. Of course, certain green spaces are more peaceful and verdant than others, but all of the parks listed here offer amazing things to do outside.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorites, featuring picturesque views of New York and prime picnic spots. Plus, these New York attractions offer seasonal programming and free activities, some of which include outdoor concerts, movie screenings and food festivals. (For even more cool must-dos in the city check out our list of best things to do in NYC.)
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