This small but beautiful botanic garden features a Japanese garden, as well as the Cranford Rose Garden, herb garden, the Children's Garden, and the Steinhard Conservatory of indoor flowers and plants. In all, there are 52 acres and 12,000 varieties of botanicals, ranging from the tiny bonsai to the towering oak. Self-guided tours, individual classes and certificate programs are all available. Students come with your valid id cards, if you want to avail of a discount.
Open to visitors from April until November, the Bailey Arboretum offers up a world of color during that time: daffodils kick off the season, followed by flowering trees and a variety of annuals and perennials all through the summer. This arboretum has a particularly wonderful collection of conifers, and features a sensory garden for the physically challenged. Many events are hosted here, along with guided walks and other educational opportunities. No entrance fee for children 16 and under; $3 for adults.
Brooklyn's Coney Island became one of the city's leisure hotspots in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, following the introduction of the Coney Island & Brooklyn Railroad streetcar line. Since then, the area has been swamped by resorts and attractions. Following the decline of World War II and the years of neglect the park endured after, the area has burst back into life and is home to Luna Park, the Aquarium and of course, the beach. A three-mile-long boardwalk runs the length of Coney Island into Brighton Beach. There is sometimes a circus, but always something strange to see. Also, don't let the non-holiday cooler months deter you from visiting; it is much less crowded, and the stores remain open.
McCarren Park Pool is one of the youngest entertainment destinations in Brooklyn. Although the pool has existed in McCarren Park in Brooklyn since 1936, it acquired its new identity in 2012. Next to the historic pool, a recreational facility was created, which has been the venue for several free and ticketed live music performances. Ample space and a well-designed structure make this open-air venue a great place to catch some fun with family and friends. Pool party shows by live bands are held every Sunday for free of cost. And there can be no better romantic setting for an outdoor film festival, that is conducted here for an entire month. The 37,950 square foot pool is a great way to beat the heat, with plenty of room for everyone.
At over 897 acres (363 hectares), the Flushing Meadows Corona Park is Queens' largest and New York City's fourth-largest. It is the site of two former world's fairs, one in 1939 and the other in 1964, as well as the home to the famous symbol of the 1964 Fair: the Unisphere. While its immaculate pastures are home to several public facilities such as the Shea Stadium, the home of the mighty New York Mets, the USTA National Tennis Center, along with the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum of Art, the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Citi Field and the Louis Armstrong Stadium are definitely Flushing Meadow's most noticeable sights. The park really comes to life during the American Open, when it receives its highest number of attendees.
This beautiful Brooklyn park was created by the same architects responsible for the splendid Central Park in Manhattan. Unlike its more famous cousin in Manhattan, Prospect Park sits pretty amidst a primarily residential area and is not surrounded by skyscrapers. Many Olmsted fans dub this 526 acre (212.87 hectare) park his crowning achievement. It features horseback riding, ice skating, tennis, paddle boats and a carousel, as well as the Prospect Park Wildlife Center. There is a band shell for concerts, and Prospect Lake is often teeming with ducks, geese and swans.
Named after French bibliophile Jean Grolier de Servières, this literary society/private club praises literature in all its forms. Since 1884, an eclectic group of bibliophiles has gathered to promote the literary arts in the city. The museum/book repository is open to the public only at certain times, but New Yorkers who know when to check the society's website for events can get a glimpse inside the oldest book club in North America.
With its great location and excellent service, the Yale Club of New York City is a wonderful club for relaxing on weekends. Here you can find a gymnasium, an athletics center as well as dining rooms serving up some flavorsome cuisines. A magnificent structure spanning 22 stories, it is a great hangout for those looking for an indulgent time in luxurious surroundings. Playing host to events and functions the year round, Yale Club is a classy venue catering to nothing but the best.
The fact that Hunter College's athletic teams have tasted the kind of success they have is not surprising once one takes into consideration the kind of facilities they have at their disposal. The Main Gymnasium, which is located on the B3 level of the Sportsplex, is just one of these facilities. The site for events such as men's & women's basketball, volleyball & wrestling, it is the epicenter of the college's sporting activities. The renovation of this gymnasium has been done in keeping with the other efforts at sustainability made by the college.
Central Park has many wonders and it takes quite some time to see them all if you are just visiting, however if you live here, one of the best, hidden secrets to escaping the bustle is the Ramble. This 36-acre trail space will definitely make you feel as if you left the concrete jungle and entered a nature wilderness. Along with the lake that surrounds it, the Ramble has many meandering trails that lead from the Loeb Boathouse to Belvedere Castle and through to Strawberry Fields on the other side of the lake. As with many attractions in Central Park, you could easily spend a day here and wonder where the time went.