|Actual photo I took in Central Park- I know, I can't believe it either!|
|"Dude, buck up."|
1. Chelsea Piers
Location: W 23rd & 12th Avenue
Activities: Aside from all the varied indoor sports and activities at Chelsea Piers (I can't wait to try the adult gymnastics!), outside you have a driving range, soccer fields, basketball courts, and great trails for running and biking.
Scene: Prime people watching
While I do not currently own a bike, I do aspire to one day have an apartment large enough to store one in. In the mean time I have rented one from here, which is also fun.
Location: Varies- see map
Activities: Running, walking or biking over one of the city's bridges is a fun way to mix it up, take advantage of photo ops along the way and check out a new neighborhood on the other side.
Scene: Hard core runners and cyclists mixed with tourists and families.
3. East River Walk & Parks
Location: E 63rd- E 120's & FDR Drive
Activities: A continuous pedestrian walkway right along the East River, perfect for running or biking. Adjacent to two great neighborhood parks;
John Jay Park- Tennis, Basketball, Outdoor Pool (summer only)
Carl Schurz Park- Basketball, Dog park
Scene: Upper East Side stroller mommies, dog walkers, and the retired set.
4. Riverside Park
Location: W 72nd- W 125th & Hudson Pkwy
Activities: Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Skate Park, Kayak Rental, Dog Park, Boat Basin.
Scene: Young families, etc.
5. McCarren Park
Location: Greenpoint/ North Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Activities: Plenty of sporty options- Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Track, Outdoor Pool (summer only).
Scene: A vibrant neighborhood park with a healthy dose of hipster flare. Observe these in their natural habitat;
NYC Parks- http://www.nycgovparks.org/