It is simple typically, significantly when one is afoot in the valley of Manhattan’s skyscrapers or dodging site visitors on busy streets in Queens, to overlook that this hulking concrete metropolis of ours is sort of totally made up of islands.
With the exception of the Bronx, New Yorkers are islanders: Manhattan, Staten Island and Long Island, the place Brooklyn and Queens sit at the far west nook. But past them are a variety of different less-visited islands which can be value testing.
Though New York’s waterways hardly ever echo the sun-dappled panorama of the Mediterranean or azure waters of the Caribbean, they nonetheless supply treasures in case you’re keen to discover. So this weekend — or anytime this summer time — strive island-hopping.
Looking for seaside vibes? Consider heading to City Island in the Bronx. Straphangers can seize the Bx29 bus at the Pelham Bay Park subway cease.
When you disembark, you’ll be in a metropolis neighborhood with a small-town marine village really feel and killer views of Long Island Sound. Enjoy the fried seafood (the common Johnny’s Reef, at the island’s southern tip, has the greatest water view), try the City Island Nautical Museum and cease in the handful of artwork galleries on City Island Avenue.
Yoga on Roosevelt Island.Credit…Dave Sanders for The New York Times
If a panoramic journey is what you’re after, head to 60th Street and Second Avenue and seize the tram to Roosevelt Island, which sits between Manhattan and Queens in the East River. For the price of a subway swipe, you’ll soar about 250 toes above the metropolis, supplying you with glimpses of the East Side (and past) not typically seen.
There will not be a ton of points of interest on the island, although it has quite a lot of inexperienced area to loosen up or picnic, and it’s obtained a stable bike loop. On the north facet, you’ve obtained Lighthouse Park, named for a 50-foot-high lighthouse at the island’s tip. If you head south, try the spooky ruins of a long-defunct smallpox hospital that was featured in “Spider-Man” and Four Freedoms Park, a memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt designed by Louis Kahn.
Farther up the East River, you’ll discover Randalls Island, linked to the metropolis by walkways over the Harlem River and the Bronx Kill. Stroll by way of stunning gardens as you gaze upon the metropolis. Or get nearer to your meals at an city farm that includes rice paddies and a small inhabitants of chickens — neither of that are continuously seen in the metropolis. (Aspiring mixologists, take be aware: Next Friday, the farm is internet hosting a free night cocktail class.)
Relaxing on Governors Island.Credit…Angela Weiss/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Easily reached by ferry from each Brooklyn and Manhattan is Governors Island, the place there’s free kayaking on Saturday afternoons and public artwork installations. The island is now open late on Fridays and Saturdays, supplying you with time to look at the sundown.
Staten Island is a world in itself, clearly, however in case you’re after island seaside life, you’ll discover it right here. South Beach, with views of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and a boardwalk, tends to be the busiest. Midland Beach has a enjoyable sea turtle fountain that the children will love, and it tends to be much less filled with individuals. City buses run to each seashores; you possibly can catch the S51 and S52 at the St. George Ferry Terminal.
Little Island is now open on the Hudson.Credit…Angela Weiss/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
The metropolis can also be dwelling to a brand new man-made island, Little Island. The park, off Hudson River Park close to 14th Street, presents spectacular views of Manhattan and New Jersey and an eye catching design (Michael Kimmelman, our structure critic, says it’s “begging to be posted on Instagram”). It additionally options an amphitheater that may host performances (together with a music competition this weekend that’s already bought out). The park is open to the public, however you’ll want to order a ticket in case you’re planning to go to after midday.
What about Coney Island, you would possibly ask? It really turned a peninsula in the 1920s and ’30s, when the creek separating it from Long Island was stuffed in. It’s nonetheless a enjoyable, family-friendly journey, after all!
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In Manhattan: Today is Bastille Day, and SummerStage is celebrating. Head to Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield tonight for a jazz quintet, a D.J. set and a movie screening. (No tickets needed, but it surely’s restricted occupancy, so arrive early.)
In Brooklyn: On the different facet of the East River, head to Fort Greene Park tonight for Rooftop Films’s screening of “Mandibles,” a French comedy about two buddies attempting to coach an enormous fly. (Bring bug spray.)
In the Bronx: New this 12 months, Fordham Flea is a market with native Bronx companies hawking their merchandise, arts and crafts. Some of the Bronx Night Market’s meals distributors may even be available. Though the market is usually the final Sunday of the month, they’ve added a date this weekend.
With buddies: The comic Jacqueline Novak has introduced again “Get on Your Knees,” her off-Broadway present centered on oral intercourse, by way of the finish of July. The Times’s assessment of its prepandemic run known as the present “shrewd, explicit, though not exactly raunchy.”
Hungry? Dominique Ansel, who’s accountable for the Cronut craze, will open Dominique Ansel Workshop in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood on Friday. Grab a pastry and snack open air in Madison Square Park. (Or try the savory pies at close by Bourke Street Bakery.)
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