BEA IS COMING! BEA IS COMING!
Oh. It's supposed to be "The British are coming!"? Oops. Well, I do have some British friends coming for BEA, so let's call that a wash.
Anyway, for this year's BEA, the lovely Estelle has asked me to take part in her BEA PART OF IT blog post series. When Estelle asked me I was utterly flattered but, at the same time, completely lost as to what topic to cover. Yes, I'm a native New Yorker (Fun Fact: I have only ever had one permanent address - Upper West Side born and raised) but I basically do the same things and eat at all of the same places. All the time. Since I was in Middle School and allowed to roam around the City on my own.
But then I was like: Well, I'll just cover the Parks. And since I'm a big Parks and Rec fan, I couldn't help the reference.
So which parks are the tops?
1. Central Park
DUH. DUH GABY.
I talked about Central Park in my other BEA post (which was kinda silly and thrown together before I knew I'd be doing this). But it's basically the park to end all parks. It's got:
- fields (more specifically: Strawberry Fields - a mosaic just beyond one of the entrances at 72nd and Central Park West. John Lennon actually lived and died in a nearby building.)
- animals (the zoo)
- a carousel,
- bike rentals (I don't know which is the best but there are a bunch in Columbus Circle.)
- a ramble (where I have gotten lost on more than one occasion.)
- a boat house
- Shakespeare in the Park (which unfortunately doesn't begin until RIGHT after BEA, but whatever)
- the Met (it's technically in the park!)
- gossip girl shots
|This is actually one of my favorite places in Central Park. So. Pretty.|
2. Washington Square Park
Did you know Washington Square Park used to be a cemetery? No? Creeped out now? Oops.
No, but seriously, Washington Square Park is great. While there you'll probably see a lot of NYU kids, but there's this big arch that looks amazing all lit up after dark. It's honestly one of the few areas in the city I go to not for the attraction but to just sit and read a bit. There's not much grass but there's something soothing about sitting around the edges of the fountain in the sun. It's almost better than a trip to the beach.
- Books of Wonder (18th W. 18th Street)
- Barnes and Noble (17th and 5th)
- The Strand (12th and Broadway)
There's also a Panera, Heartland Brewery, all kinds of good pizza, great shopping on 6th avenue (Anthropologie, Free People, H&M, not to menton a Forever 21 in Union Square itself... I just can't talk about it).
Oh, and there are usually great street performers and artists with folding tables full of pretty things. You also might spot Joe Mangrum, that guy who does AWESOME sand drawings around the City.
|Look. At. That. Lion.|
5. The Hudson River
This one's less of park and more of an awesome thing. A couple of years ago the City was like: Dude, this walkway along the Hudson River is kinda terrible, let's make a better one. So now, if you go ALL the way west, even past the Javits (I know, you didn't think anything was further west than the Javits - well you're wrong), you'll find yourself on this beautiful path along the Hudson River where bikers like me bike and runners not like me run and people just walk and talk and hang out.
There are piers and bike rentals and The Intrepid (which, I'm pretty sure shows movies during the summer - or it did that one time when my friend and I biked past it last summer). It's also a great place to just sit and hang out. The sunset is especially beautiful over there, y'know, since it faces west and all that.
6. The High Line
And then there's The High Line. The High Line used to be a elevated train but then we stopped using it and, just a few years ago, it was turned into an "aerial greenway." That's a pretty fancy term, but I promise it's fantastic. I mean, it's so fantastic Peter Brown wrote a children's picture book called THE CURIOUS GARDEN about it. Get. On. Board.