Have you ever noticed how people who live in cold cities simply go nuts in the summer, taking advantage of every sunny day and spending as much time as possible outside in the coveted sunlight (two examples I can think of: Montreal and Stockholm)?
Well, New York somewhat has the same phenomena, but for New Yorkers, the desire to escape their closet-sized apartments exists all year round. Luckily, there are some great spots, many of them new, that are outside and offer a little summer-like experience in a land of pavement and concrete. Here’s a roundup by the Guardian of 10 of their favorite such spots.
There’s some familiar suggestions, like Coney Island at #2, and some new options that are just opening or have just recently opened up, like The High Line at #3 — a sprawling elevated park built on an old train line — and #4, Governors Island, a former military base just a stone’s throw away from Lower Manhattan.
My suggestion, grab your mountain bike, hiking shoes, and/or binoculars and head to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park where, in just a few minutes, you can escape urban life and find yourself completely immersed in dense forest and lush vegetation. And the best part? You can still rest assured that an incredible sushi joint or tapas brunch is still just a short walk away. The best of both worlds.
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