Unisphere in Queens
A sight instantly recognizable, the Unisphere was built for the 1964-1965 World's Fair by U.S. Steel. Made of stainless steel and 120 feet in diameter, the Unisphere is the unofficial symbol of Queens. The site of the Fair is now Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which is also home to Shea Stadium, the USTA National Tennis Center, New York Hall of Science, and the Queens Museum of Art.
According to the Queens Courier (August 10, 2005), the Unisphere will be renovated in 2006 to repair the surrounding fountains.
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“…one of the most sensual, graceful open spaces in New York City.”
Next to the New York Public Library in mid-town, Bryant Park is located between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues ... a gem of a park ... moveable chairs provided ... ride a carousel for $1.75 ... free wifi ... free movies during the summer ... fantastic people watching ... very relaxing ... you can play pétanque here ... beautiful flowers and trees ... what are you waiting for?
New York City Dept. of Parks - web site
The New York City Dept. of Parks and Recreation has a web site that is very useful for finding out about many free events that take place throughout NYC.
Want to learn how to play petanque? ("A close relative of bocce and a distant cousin of horseshoes.")
How about a two-hour boat ride along the Hudson featuring an on-board lecture by Joyce Gold about the history of the waterfront neighborhoods .. with dinner .. for $20?
Or maybe you'd prefer to "sample regional cuisine from neighborhood restaurants, picnic on the grass as the sun sets over the city, enjoy performances by local musicians and dancers and, as the sky darkens, see exceptional international films on a large format screen - all set against the spectacular backdrop of the Manhattan skyline."?
These are only 3 among hundreds and hundreds of events listed.
Hudson River bike path
Hudson River Park and Bike Path ... Another very great locale for enjoying New York in the hot, humid dog days of summer ... very cool breeze from the Hudson River, great place to day-dream, read a book, walk, meditate and smile at the whole world ... you can't swim in the Hudson but you can kayak on the Hudson ...
I have been going there for the past 5 years ... on my bicycle, riding along the Hudson River ... north and south ... to the Staten Island ferry or north to the Cloisters and the George Washington Bridge ... I met my girlfriend on the Hudson River bike path at 122nd Street ... she was on her roller-blades and I was riding my bicycle back from a Jazzmobile concert in Harlem ...
Shakespeare in the Park
Sadly, July 17th was the last performance for As You Like It, Shakespeare in the Park. But, Two Gentlemen of Verona starts August 16 and runs through September 11.