Exploring the City on Two Feet or Two Wheels

Let’s get it out of the manner: This previous weekend was not the triumphant kickoff to the post-pandemic summer season that many people New Yorkers had eagerly awaited.

Many of the out of doors barbecues, seashore picnics and yard dance events that we had optimistically put on our calendars had been canceled. Instead, it was a cold and moist three days spent sitting inside, watching the clouds for portents of the good climate that summer season usually guarantees.

But relaxation assured: We right here at Summer in the City is not going to let one waterlogged weekend dampen our spirits! (That’s me and Julia Carmel, your concierges for metropolitan summer season enjoyable. You can drop us your suggestions, concepts and suggestions at summer [email protected])

The forecast for the coming days is hotter and brighter. So, this weekend, make up for misplaced time: get outdoor and get transferring.

After a remarkably sedentary yr, this is perhaps the time to discover New York City’s mountaineering trails, and there are few higher locations to begin than at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, the metropolis’s largest public park. (Yes, larger than Prospect Park.) Ride the No. 6 prepare to the finish of the line and also you’ll discover the park and its lots of of acres to discover.

There are quite a lot of unmarked trails in the park of various difficulties, however if you’d like one thing extra structured, head towards Hunter Island. There, the Kazimiroff Nature Trail will take you thru forests the place owls go to roost and round marshes which are house to geese and geese.

The metropolis will really feel far behind you and much out of your thoughts. And once you’re finished, you’ll be in strolling distance of Orchard Beach for a dip to chill off.

If biking is extra your factor, strap on your helmet, seize a CitiBike and go for a trip on the Hudson River Greenway, a path that hugs the size of Manhattan’s West Side for about 13 miles.

The Greenway can get fairly crowded in the afternoons. So in the event you’re a novice biker who can be frazzled by would-be Tour de France rivals whizzing by you — me, I’m speaking about me — contemplate Governors Island as a substitute.

Take a ferry from Lower Manhattan or the Brooklyn Bridge Park to get to the island, which is smack dab in the center of New York Harbor and presents picturesque metropolis views. Grab a CitiBike once you dock, and trip round 2.5 miles of motorcycle trails that are usually much less crowded than the paths in the metropolis.

Prefer a barely much less energetic weekend? Sign up for a Saturday morning yoga class at Alice Austen Park in Staten Island.

For $10, you’ll be directed by way of a delicate circulation in entrance of the Alice Austen House, the former house of a lesbian photographer who documented ladies’s lives in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (The home, now a museum, can be open for excursions, however you’ll have to e book upfront.)

Escape from the metropolis, however nonetheless get pleasure from views of the metropolis, once you go to Governors Island.Credit…Aaron Berger for The New York Times

A couple of extra concepts:

Free enjoyable: The Brooklyn Museum is celebrating Pride Month at First Saturday Lite, with dwell music, a drag and burlesque present and artwork.

In the Bronx: Take a stroll by way of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, when the Mark Morris Dance Group shall be performing outdoor.

In Queens: On Saturday in Rockaway Beach, not solely are you able to reap the benefits of some seashore climate, however aspiring artists can be a part of a watercolor portray workshop at the Beach 30th Street playground.

Going solo: Carve out area from the stress of the workweek and take part in sound bathtub meditation tonight at the Fotografiska museum.

Bring the children: Take a spin round the tarmac on the out of doors curler rink at the retro TWA Hotel. Check out the classic flight attendant uniforms inside.

What do you need to hear from us this summer season? Are there occasions or venues we should always learn about? Send us a notice at summer [email protected], or tell us in the feedback.