The NYC Traveler in NYC:
5 Extra Spots Locals Visit, Part 3
1. Bryant Park, Manhattan: The square block of East and West 42 Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues. It's a neighborhood park (outdoor film showings); a holiday village Christmastime (complete with tree, vendors and ice skating rink) and a just a great place to take a break on the lawn. Check it out.
2. The Battery: The Battery is at the very southern tip of Manhattan Island, from State Street and Peter Minuit Plaza (yes, the guy who bought Manhattan from the Native Americans) to Battery Place and Little W Street. State Street becomes Battery Place. In between, enjoy awesome views of Brooklyn, Staten Island, New Jersey and, of course, the Statue of Liberty. Explore Clinton Castle, east from street vendors, ride a carousel or just sit and enjoy the many monuments.
3. Riverside Park: Ride, walk, stroll, jog 4 miles with vast views of the Hudson River and the ever changing New Jersey skyline. Enter or leave between West 72nd Street and West 129 Street. The fun doesn't end at either end of the park, it just changes names: uptown it's Riverbank State Park and downtown it is Hudson River Park before looping around to the Battery.
The Hudson River
4. Along with the Queens Museum, enjoy NYC's Hollywood side at the Museum of the Moving Image or the MOMA's PS 1. When the MOMA was being renovated years ago, they moved part of the collection to an old school building in Queens. It never closed.
5. Shirley Chisholm State Park, Brooklyn has an interesting history. Created out of a landfill, which had the unfortunate nickname of Mount Garbage, the result is a great park for families. It's small enough to take the kids out with bikes and to hike to the top of the repurposed landfill for a view of the water.
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