By Bohemia Agent Chase Safarowic
When I moved to New York City five years ago, I wanted a place to go on my days off where I could escape the hustle and bustle of the city. A place where I didn’t hear loud horns honking, sirens blaring, or have to deal with the overly crowded and hot streets. With my work schedule being so busy and not having the time to take a vacation, I found that visiting one of the many parks in the uptown area was the perfect place to get away, if only for a few hours.
It is in Central Park where I can ride my bike on a hilly 6 mile loop and not have to worry about crazy taxi drivers or constantly having to stop at a red light. You still have to be aware of your surroundings but its a major upgrade from riding on the streets. If cycling isn’t your thing, then enjoy just chilling out on the great lawn with friends or going for a walk along one of the many park trails.
Another way to take advantage of the city parks is by joining a club sport. On Sunday afternoons I will meet friends at Fort Tyron Park. We play in a non-competitive kickball league and its the perfect way to "kick back" and relax. Not to mention anybody can show up and play so don’t worry about committing all of your Sundays to kickball. Visit www.nysocial.com for complete list of club sports through the area.
Near my apartment in the Bronx, I recently visited Van Cortland Park with my girlfriend and her sister. We climbed up “The Rock” which rests on top of small hill and overlooks Van cortland Park. Afterwards, when we got home we saw ourselves on News Channel 12 who happened to be talking about escaping the heat under the shade of the trees.
One of my favorite parks is Inwood Hill Park. It has a great hiking trail with spectacular views of the Hudson River. In 2002, Urban Park Rangers launched a bald eagle release project which makes Inwood Hill Park one of the best places to spot a bald eagle. Add in the facts that it has athletic fields, playgrounds, and a BBQ area- this park is a fan favorite for all uptown dwellers.
The above are just a few of the parks to visit and some of the activities you can do. Not to mention most activities are free so you don’t worry about spending a weeks paycheck just to meet up with friends. For more details on all the of the local parks, you can visit www.nycgovparks.org.