Hidden New York Attractions

Hidden New York Attractions
New York City is famous for its skyline and its landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Central Park and Grand Central Station. But look a little closer and you will find numerous hidden treasures that are often overlooked. Paying a visit to some of New York's lesser-known attractions will introduce you to another side of one of the most iconic places in the world.

The Downtown Boathouse, Manhattan

The Downtown Boathouse is a volunteer-operated water sports center with permits to the Hudson River. Located on three different piers, the Downtown Boathouse offers kayak lessons, rentals and trips on the Hudson, and allows public access to launch private boats onto the river. All activities at the Downtown Boathouse are completely free of charge and open to the public.

Downtown Boathouse
241 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(646) 613-0375

McCarren Park, Brooklyn

McCarren Park is known for its pool parties and vast array of sports activities. Originally known as Greenpoint Park, the park's name was changed in 1909 when it was renamed in honor of Irish immigrant Patrick Henry McCarren, who later became a New York State Senator. Activities at the park include softball, volleyball and soccer games. The famous McCarren Park pool, originally opened in 1936 and designed to hold up to 6,000 swimmers, closed in the 1980s for renovation and has since been reopened as a venue for music and performing arts. For joggers and running enthusiasts, a running track integrated into the park adds to its recreational feel.

McCarren Park
780 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 965-6580

Pelham Bay, Bronx

Although not as well known as Central Park, Pelham Bay Park is New York City's largest park at over 2,000 acres. The park's endless jogging trails, walking paths and picturesque picnic spots make it a favorite spot for many New York residents. Located in the park is the Bartow-Pell Mansion & Museum, a 19th century national landmark where visitors can tour the Carriage House or roam the gardens around the estate. The park's most valued feature, the 100-plus-acre Orchard Beach, offers a good selection of shops and places to eat, as well as numerous basketball, handball and tennis courts.

Pelham Bay Park
3182 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 829-2010

Article Written By Rina Shah

Rina Shah is a law student with degrees in psychology and business administration from the University of Texas and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics. She has worked in law, nonprofits, information technology and teaching. Shah has over five years of experience writing for various purposes on the job and more than 10 years of academic writing.

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