A Guide to the New York City s Parks BY by guy21


									                                       A Guide to the New York City’s Parks...
                                       BY SARAH BROCKETT
                                       NYC INDEPENDENT MEDIA CENTER

                                       In a city of 8 million people, New York’s
                                       26,000 acres of parks may be well worth
                                       some investigation as the summer heats
                                       up. The following parks, many of which
                                       are off the beaten path, not only offer a bit
                                       of breathing room, but they might even
                                       drown out the noise of the city for a

                                       Pelham Bay Park
                                       6 train to Pelham Bay Park
                                       This is the city’s largest park, with over
                                       2000 acres of all kind of terrain, includ-
                                       ing forests, fields, and Orchard Beach
                                       along the Long Island Sound. The park is
                                       full of recreational facilities and features
                                       the 1836 Bartow-Pell Mansion and its

                                       Van Cordtlandt Park
                                       Bruckner Blvd.
                                       1,9 to 242nd St.
                                       New York’s third largest park also offers a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MICHAEL MUENCH
                                       wide range of outdoor activities, from
                                       running trails to bird watching to histori-
                                       cal house tours. Look for the carrot sign
                                       across from the entrance and try some
                                       tasty local carrot cake.
                                                                                       Sunset Park                                    Greenacre Park                                  Astoria Park
                                       Joyce Kilmer Park                               41st-44th Streets, 5-7th Avenues               East 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd            East River at 21st Street, Hoyt Avenue,
                                       Grand Concourse and Walton Ave.                 B,M,N,R to 36th St.                            Aves.                                           and Ditmars Blvd., Queens
                                       4, D, B trains to 161st St.                     This park also houses a giant neighborhood     6 to 51st St.                                   N to Astoria/Ditmars
                                       Recently reconstructed, this park bears the     pool which is open to the public. These        This is not your average vest pocket park.      Aside from the usual recreational facili-
                                       name of the poet who wrote “Trees,” the         grand but imposing pools, which could          Greenacre features a two-story waterfall and    ties, the park boasts bocce grounds, a mix
                                       nature-friendly poem that Parks                 hold as many as 5,000 swimmers, were one       babbling brook in addition to some green.       of art, and yet another of Moses’ pools. It
                                       Commissioner Stern reads at every dedica-       of the many New Deal contributions to the                                                      will host the East River Festival on July
                                       tion. The park’s old fountain once              city by Robert Moses, Parks Commissioner       Inwood Hill Park                                14th.
                                       belonged to City Hall Park and was recent-      for nearly 30 years until 1960.                207th Street and Seaman Ave.
                                       ly given back. Joyce Kilmer Park received                                                      A, 1, 9 to 207th Street                         Flushing Meadows Corona Park
                                       City Hall Park’s newer fountain in              Fort Greene Park                               This park boasts Manhattan’s largest            Grand Central Parkway
                                       exchange, only now it holds plants instead.     Navy Street, DeKalb and Myrtle Aves.           woodlands. These 196 acres not only con-        7 to 111th St. or Shea Stadium
                                                                                       D,M,N,Q,R to DeKalb Ave.                       tain the usual nature trails, but also a        Once serving as an international mecca
                                       Crotona Park                                    Established in 1847, Fort Greene Park          series of nooks and crannies, called the        during the 1939 and 1965 World’s Fairs,
                                       Fulton Ave., Crotona Park N, S, E               owes its existence to the efforts of park      Indian caves, which are perfect for             this enormous park is still thriving with a
                                       2, 5 to 174th Street                            activists such as Walt Whitman. Today its      exploring. A few of the trickier paths will     rainbow of nationalities. This summer, for
                                       Named for an ancient Greek colony               greenery delicately balances the tension       lead you onto narrow ledges jutting over        example, it will host Latin, Peruvian,
                                       famed for its athletes (and for the city        between historic brownstones to the east       the Hudson.                                     Colombian, Ecuadorian, Chinese, and
                                       aqueduct), Crotona Park is an athletic          and public housing to the north.                                                               Korean festivals.
                                       hub. It is not just for sports enthusiasts,                                                    Saint Luke’s Garden
                                       however; nature lovers can also visit the       MANHATTAN                                      Hudson Street between Barrow and Grove          Rainey Park
                                       relatively new nature center at the shore                                                      1, 9 to Sheridan Square                         34th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard
                                       of Indian Lake.                                 Fort Tryon                                     Like something out of The Secret Garden,        N to 36 Ave or BQ Queensbridge
                                                                                       West 192nd Street to Dyckman; Riverside        this quiet little school yard offers the pub-   This park takes its name from William
                                       BROOKLYN                                        to Broadway
                                                                                       A to 190th St.
                                                                                                                                      lic a centuries-old sense of solitude.          Rainey, known as the “Father of
                                                                                                                                                                                      Queensboro Bridge.” After 25 years of
                                       Prospect Park                                   Along the Hudson, this park houses John        Marcus Garvey Park                              campaigning and planning, the bridge
                                       Eastern Parkway at Flatbush                     D. Rockefeller’s prize, the Cloisters (the     120-124th Sts. and 5th Ave.                     was finally built a few miles south of
                                       2,3 to Grand Army Plaza, F to 15th St.,         medieval extension of the Metropolitan         4,5,6 or 2,3 to 125th St.                       Rainey’s proposed site, where this pretty

                                       D,Q to Prospect Park                            Museum of Art), which is composed of           Harlem’s oasis, this park has its own           park with its promenade, oaks, and calley
                                       Aside from the Brooklyn Public Library          architectural elements from three              mountain, as well as the usual recreation-      pear trees now lies.
                                       and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, see the         European monasteries. Rockefeller even         al facilities. It also houses a stately 1855
                                       drum circle on the eastern side of the          bought the property across the Hudson to       cast iron water tower, a relic left over
                                       park. Locals enjoy weekend afternoons           preserve the pristine view from the            from the bygone era of wooden houses.           ROOSEVELT ISLAND
                                       with their drums and a small market of          Cloisters and the park.                        The park is currently receiving a major
                                       African and Caribbean food and trinkets.                                                       facelift.                                       Lighthouse Park
                                                                                       Conservatory Garden                                                                            Take the cable car over from Manhattan at
                                       McCarren Park
                                       Nassau, Bayard, Leonard, and N. 12th
                                                                                       105th Street and 5th Ave.
                                                                                       6 to 103rd St.
                                                                                                                                      QUEENS                                          59th Street and 3rd Avenue and head to
                                                                                                                                                                                      the northern tip of the island for a seclud-
                                       L to Bedford, G to Nassau                       Just inside Central Park, this elegant gar-    Socrates Sculpture Park                         ed spot, great views, and a cool river
                                       The park offers a fresh fruit and vegetable     den is a haven for less sports-minded park     31-29 Vernon Blvd.; Long Island City            breeze.
                                       market on Saturdays. Every year the local       goers. It is home to a variety of plants and   N to Broadway
                                       “Greenpoint Swim Team” comes out to             flowers that have been laid out in the         Right near the East River, this park offers
                                       demand the restoration of the abandoned         Victorian garden style.                        Manhattan views, quiet concerts, and an
                                       olympic-sized pool on the north side.                                                          array of works by local artists.

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