Greenery and open skies can be hard to come by among the towering skyscrapers and busy streets of the city that never sleeps. But even the pavement pounders need to escape the steel and smog every once in a while. Luckily, New York City has more than a few spaces in which to find natural solace.
Probably the most famous and most obvious refuge is the 2.5-mile patch of nature where bicycle paths, expansive lawns and shady trees abound. Roller bladers, cyclists, and runners take advantage of the miles of paths that circle the park. This haven of park space makes you feel like you have left Manhattan, but a quick glance toward the sky to view the surrounding buildings reminds you you’re in the center of one of the busiest cities in the world.
A short, cross-river subway ride out to Brooklyn takes you to the sprawling hills of Prospect Park. Slightly more remote than Central Park, this park is a dream for dogs and their Frisbees, and picnic fans who just want to get away from the city’s crowds.
This narrow, two-mile-long strip of land between Manhattan and Long Island can be reached by tram and is home to Southpoint Park on the south end, and the North Point lighthouse on the north end, approximately 20 minutes on foot from each other.
The High Line
Situated on the Lower West Side of Manhattan and nestled atop an old railway line, the High Line is a stretch of park space that features walkways, art displays and various plants and flowers.
This smaller but very centrally located square is tucked in the middle of New York University. It doesn’t offer as much nature as some of the others, but grassy knolls and dog parks help city dwellers escape the concrete for a brief moment.
When a break from reality is in order, sometimes it’s best to not only escape your surroundings but also to escape your social network, including coworkers, friends, family members and even significant others. In the highly underrated world of solo travel, here are a few domestic destinations to consider for a brief solo sojourn for some ever-elusive moments of solitude.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Part of the allure of podcasts, aside from being able to listen during practically any activity, comes from the wide breadth of topics they cover. A well-informed host can teach you about any topic you can imagine. In the world of history podcasts, there are many in-depth, factual and entertaining casts to spend time with.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.