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  • Washington Square Park
    W. 4th St. | Greenwich Village

    As you wander through this lovely park you should know two things: about 10,000 people are buried beneath you and this may be the only place in the city where black squirrels live. Oh, and about... More on Washington Square Park »

  • Bryant Park
    42nd & 6th Ave. | Murray Hill

    Now a prissy picnic spot, that football-field sized lawn between Fifth and Sixth, south of 42nd used to be a Midtown dealers paradise. Now, bright-light pop artists such as Hillary Duff perform... More on Bryant Park »

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    1000 Washington Ave. | Brooklyn

    Right next to Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a verdant escape from the pulsing, postlapsarian havoc of the city. The 52-acre garden is a seductive expanse of wisteria-covered... More on Brooklyn Botanic Garden »

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  • Riverbank State Park Pool
    679 Riverside Drive | Harlem

    Forget overpriced gym memberships and jogging in sweaty overcrowded streets. Forget the swanky and uptight Chelsea Piers. For $2 you can splash and giggle and dolphin-dive in Riverbank State... More on Riverbank State Park Pool »

  • McCarren Park Pool
    776 Lorimer St. | Brooklyn
  • Staten Island Zoo
    614 Broadway | Staten Island
  • Keyspan Park
    1904 Surf Ave. | Brooklyn

    Coney's newest thrill ride is actually this 7,500 seat stadium that house's the New York Mets Triple A affiliate team, the Brooklyn Cyclones, as well at occasional concert.

  • Socrates Sculpture Park
    32-01 Vernon Blvd. | Long Island City

    A once abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite, Socrates Sculpture Park, is now a premier site for large-scale outdoor work exhibits.Hours: Daily 10am-sunset

  • 700 Rockland Ave. | Staten Island

    At over 2800 acres of land, the Greenbelt dwarfs New Yorkas famous Central Park. With trails, summer day camps to send kids to, and hiking, the Greenbelt offers a lot of what the smaller parks in... More on Greenbelt (Staten Island) »

  • Fort Tryon Park
    Fort Washington Ave. | Inwood
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