When it comes to life in the Big Apple, Central Park has always taken the prize for expansive outdoor space and scenic greenery in an otherwise urban setting. But these days, Brooklyn Bridge Park, with its epic views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline, soccer fields, walking paths, food stalls and ferry terminals, is inching its way to the top.
Grab bagels in the trendy nearby neighborhood of DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and enjoy breakfast in the park with an incredible view of the city. Stroll or bike along the recently renovated greenway, which connects the piers that make up this impressive park to one another. Take a ride on Jane’s Carousel—one of the oldest operating rides in America, or head to Pier 2 for outdoor roller-skating and basketball on the East River. Further down the greenway, near Pier 5, travelers can find beach volleyball courts, public BBQ grills and soccer fields for local club teams.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is easy to access via public transportation by taking the F train to York Street, the A or C train to High Street or the 2 and 3 trains to Clark Street. It is also accessible via the ferry. Piers 2 and 5, as well as the volley ball courts at Pier 6, are open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.