|The Greens (photo: Howard Hughes Corp, Keeyahtay Lewis)|
A Backyard in the Sky
The Greens – Pier 17, South Street Seaport
The Rooftop, Pier 17, 89 South St, NY; http://thegreens.pier17ny.com
(Must reserve your spot in advance for a fee.)
What everyone wishes they had in New York City: a backyard! The Greens is your chance to hang out on your own mini-lawn with lounge chairs and an umbrella and room for up to 8 friends. Since it’s on the rooftop, the views of the East River are grand and the simple-but-delicious food choices—by famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten—are fabulous.
Pier 55, West 13th Street on the Hudson River, NY; https://littleisland.org
(Open: Daily, 6am-1am; Must reserve a free time-slot in advance which includes admission to the concerts & events; a few require paid tickets.)
|Little Island (photo: Michael Grimm)|
An Army Post Open to Civilians
US Army Garrison Fort Hamilton - Interpretive Trail
Harbor Defense Museum, 230 Sheridan Loop, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
For centuries, to protect New York harbor, there were fortifications in each borough. Now, Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn is the last active Army Garrison Post in New York City. On the base, in Bay Ridge on magnificent grounds overlooking the Narrows tidal strait, there’s a 10-stop Interpretive Trail of special interest to history buffs that can be visited by the public. Of particular note, is the last stop: a marker to honor the Marquis de Lafayette, a Major General in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
|Ft Hamilton, Lafayette Marker (photo: J.Carnegie)|
Visitors must have 2 forms of ID (State or Federal) to access Fort Hamilton. Enter thru the Main Gate, at the end of Fort Hamilton Parkway at 101st Street, for a background check at the Visitor Control Center.
Getting There: Subway: R – Bay Ridge/95th St, then 5-minute walk to Fort.
Take A Walk On The Wild Side
Newtown Creek Nature Walk
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY; https://tinyurl.com/cs7taxn2 (Open: Dawn to dusk)
|Newtown Creek (photo: J.Carnegie)|
Getting There: Subway: G - Greenpoint Ave. Use the Greenpoint/Manhattan Ave exit. Walk east on Greenpoint Ave, take a left on Provost St, walk several blocks down, then take a right onto Paidge Ave & you’re there; about a 20-minute walk. (The “Visitor Center,” an orange brick building, is sometimes open, 329 Greenpoint Ave, right next to the Wastewater Treatment Plant!)
Gantry Plaza State Park
Long Island City, Queens, NY; https://tinyurl.com/y46bta92
|Gantry Park (photo: Courtesy SWA/Balsley)|
Getting There: Subway: 7 - Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave. Walk west 2 blocks to Gantry Park. Or, NYC Ferry.
Farm Living: Right in the Heart of the Big Apple
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY; Tel: 718/347-3276; www.queensfarm.org (Open: Daily, 10am-5pm, Free)
|(photo: Courtesy Queens County Farm Museum)|
Getting There: Subway: E/F - Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike, then #Q46 Bus (eastbound on Union Tpk) to Little Neck Parkway. Cross Union Tpk, walk north on Little Neck Pkwy, 3 blocks to Farm entrance. LIRR: Port Washington Line to Little Neck station, then taxi or Uber (5-10mins).