Seasonal Events | This Season’s Top 5 Holiday Markets

Holiday season is upon us! Along with it come countless opportunities to support local businesses and handmade goods in pursuit of the perfect gift. We’ve taken a look at the top five holiday market favorites that keep New York City coming back year after year, in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Prepare to be dazzled by this year’s selection of goods, and be sure to reap the benefits of their accompanying skating rinks, photo booths, live DJs and more.

1. Bank of America Winter Village

Bryant Park
October 28th through January 2nd

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More than 125 outdoor boutiques will transform Bryant Park into a Winter Wonderland! Browse vendors brimming with gift-giving ideas for everyone on your list. The artisan products include hand-crafted jewelry, decorative items, local foodstuffs and more. The Village is child- and pet-friendly with something for everyone to enjoy, not to mention the ice-skating rink at the village’s center!

2. Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square
November 16th through December 24th

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This internationally renowned Holiday Market occupies the center of the city at Union Square Park. Among the 100 vendors are exciting new sections such as Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provision, a warming station, a craft studio, live music and more!

3. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

452 + 501 Union Street, Gowanus
November 25th through 26th

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Visit the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar for its biggest year yet. This unique event celebrates local talent with over 60 handpicked makers, delicious food and drinks, plus fun activities for the whole family at Brooklyn’s most beautiful venues. Don’t miss the live DJ, photo booth and chance to check everyone off your gift list.

4. Astoria Market Holiday Market

29-12 24th Avenue, Astoria
December 3rd, 10th, 17th

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This artisan market is filled to the brim with handmade, baked and vintage goods. Situated in the Main Hall of the renowned Bohemian Hall & Garden, the holiday market will convene for three Sundays in December. This popular Queens event is the perfect place to stop by to support local wares and vintage merchandise!

5. The Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

December 8th through 10th
Corner of Broadway and Great Jones Street, Manhattan
December 16th through 17th
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Heights

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Now in its 9th year, the Handmade Cavalcade is the perfect gathering place for holiday shoppers looking for the most thoughtful and unique gifts. Comprised of members from the NY Handmade Collective (formerly the Etsy NY Team), the market showcases a curated selection of handmade wares from indie vendors, all based within the tri-state area. Be sure to check out this event, which started as a small DIY gathering and has grown into a time-honored NYC tradition!

Holidays | Your Guide to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

No matter the year and no matter the weather, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade never disappoints. Since 1924, the parade has ushered in the holiday spirit with its cheerful performers, huge balloons and ornate floats. Whether you join another world-famous cast of characters in the heart of the city, or choose to watch from the comfort of your living room while you prepare a Thanksgiving feast, be sure to get all the details regarding the 2017 Parade below.

Pre-Show Fun:

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A tradition just as time-honored as the main event, the Parade Balloon Inflation occurs nearby the American Museum of Natural History from 3:00 to 10:00pm on Wednesday, November 22nd. Weave through the awe-struck crowd as you watch your favorite characters take shape and prepare for their trip through the city!

Where to Watch:

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Witness the parade in all of its splendor along its familiar two-and-a-half-mile route. The parade will begin at 9:00am on Central Park West at 77th Street, and travel south until it wraps around the Park at 59th Street. Next, it will turn onto Sixth Avenue and again travel south, culminating at Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street. Of course, you can always watch the show from your living room live on NBC.

Who to Watch:

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Some of your all-time favorite characters will join new trends at the 2017 Parade. Keep your eyes peeled for all balloons including Pillsbury Doughboy, Ice Age’s Scrat (and his Acorn), Ronald McDonald, Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Greg Heffley, and of course, Charlie Brown. The parade would be nothing without its floats; so be sure to welcome the Big Apple, The Aloha Spirit, and Santa’s Sleigh. Dancing performers, marching bands and singing groups will make this parade one you’ll never forget.

 

Seasonal Events | Your TOWN Guide to Fall 2017

Following summer vacation, fall is the best time to settle back into the routine of navigating New York City’s buzzing avenues and streets, a feat which never feels routine at all! With the temperature cooling down, autumn is when the city that never sleeps truly awakens. As the new cultural scene begins on Broadway and beyond, so do the NBA and NFL seasons, and of course, the magical holiday season. Enjoy seasonal activities that will take you from Union Square to the Hudson Valley, and be sure to stake out spots on the sidelines of the New York Marathon and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

TOWN has curated this guide to reflect the city’s best events and destinations, including tasty brunch spots, worthy charity events and cultural opera performances. Enjoy everything New York has to offer this fall, and please let us know if you have any questions about the New York City real estate market or how we can assist you. In this guide, we have included short links to easily reference the details about each event.

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Seasonal Events | Apple and Pumpkin Picking

Fall presents many opportunities to perfect your homemade apple pie or create the scariest jack-o-lantern in town. Whichever way you choose to celebrate the season, be sure to dedicate a weekend to an apple or pumpkin picking adventure. Below, we have compiled a list of the best places to do so, all just a short journey outside the city!

1. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY
1.5 hours from NYC

Located in North Salem, this orchard offers a variety of seasonal products and events. Stop by for a fun afternoon of apple picking, or sample some hard cider after a tour of the grounds. Plus, during the weekend the establishment offers a pumpkin patch, apple cannons, a bounce house, live music, pony rides and more!

2. Apple Dave’s Orchards

82 Four Corners Road, Warwick, NY
1.5 hours from NYC

The upstate farm offers 10 varieties of apples, a lush pumpkin patch and a general store stocked with countless jams and jellies. Formerly Applewood Orchard, the renowned destination has been renamed to honor “the man who started it all” – Apple Dave!

3. Barton Orchard

63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY
2 hours from NYC

Stop by Barton Orchard seven days a week this fall for apple picking, pumpkin picking and more! Plus, stop by the bakery for the tastiest of treats, whether you’re looking for apple dumplings, a holiday pie, local eggs or famous cider donuts.

4. Warwick Valley Winery

114 Little York Road, Warwick, NY
2 hours from NYC

Just an hour and a half from New York City, enjoy Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery at the foothills of the Hudson Valley. Nestled in between the picturesque Mount Eve and Mount Adam, the winery includes live music, a tasting room and a café, plus apple picking! There is a $5 fee for wine tasting, which includes 6 wines and a winery glass.

5. Elwood Pumpkin Farm

1500 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY
1 hour from NYC

For the opportunity to pick pumpkins off the very vine on which they grow, visit Elwood Pumpkin Farm on Long Island. You may also enjoy a hayride, or challenge yourself to navigate a modest corn maze. One of the farm’s many perks is the lack of an admission fee; pay based on the size of your pumpkin!

Seasonal Events | Fall Museum Exhibits

New York City’s art scene is nothing short of exciting. So exciting, in fact, that it may seem overwhelming to consider all of the exhibits and art shows that the city’s museums jam pack into one short season. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most interesting and unique not-to-be-missed events on display this month, featuring works by celebrated figures and emerging artists alike.

1. Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry

Jewish Museum
Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Uptown
Through September 24th

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Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944), one of New York’s most elite and artistic avant-gardes, comes back to life at this exhibit, organized by the Jewish Museum. Featuring over fifty paintings and drawings, a selection of costume and theater designs, photographs and more, the exhibit not only reveals the exciting and influential life of Stettheimer, but her continued existence through today’s artistic practices as well.

2. Willa Nasatir

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District
Through October 1st

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The MoMA celebrates emerging artist Willa Nasatir with her unique body of work, a collection of both new and earlier pieces. Nasatir garners inspiration for her specially crafted photographs from the ever-changing streets of New York and those individuals who occupy them. Her dramatic design tactics result in truly one-of-a-kind pieces that cause the audience to reflect upon unresolved narratives. Don’t miss this exciting exhibit!

3. Eloise at the Museum

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, Upper West Side
Through October 9th

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Everyone’s favorite Plaza Hotel resident is back at this charming show at the New-York Historical Society. Kay Thompson’s unforgettable Eloise comes to life through original art works, manuscripts, vintage dolls and even a hotel emergency kit. Skipperdee and Weenie, Eloise’s turtle and pig (respectively) will be in attendance as well.

4. Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street, Midtown
Through October 9th

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This recital is the official revival of the Lone Wolf Recital Corps – the first exhibition since the death of the multidisciplinary performance collective’s founder, Terry Adkins, in 2014. The performance includes a selection of Adkins’ sculptures, performance props and documentary videos of former recitals, plus live work by the artists and musicians of the Corps.

5. Derrick Adams: Patrick Kelly, The Journey

Countee Cullen Library
104 West 136th Street, Uptown
Through October 20th

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This exhibit is the result of Derrick Adams’ extensive research into the influential Patrick Kelly, an African-American politically-charged fashion designer who died tragically from AIDS in 1990. Adams reworks Kelly’s major themes, like reclaimed racist Americana imagery, into his grand exhibit. Dubbed “joyously subversive” by The New Yorker, this exhibit is not one to miss!

 

 

Events | Outdoor Movie Venues

Get the most out of the last few weeks of summer this August. In our opinion, the perfect summer evening consists of joining family and friends for a picnic in front of an outdoor movie screen. We’ve gathered a list of several outdoor movie venues in and around New York City that will do just that. From film festivals and summer series to parks and rooftops, these events are the perfect opportunities to soak up the last of the summer while watching some of your all-time favorite classics.

1. HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Bryant Park Lawn
Mondays through August 21st, 5:00 pm

What’s better than an excuse to look forward to Monday? Every Monday night to start off each week, Bryant Park opens its lawn for families and friends to enjoy a nice picnic and a timeless film at sunset. The series is now celebrating its 25th year, so bring your own blankets and food (or purchase some on the Fountain Terrace’s Bryant Park Shop or Hester Street Fair) and enjoy the films!

2. Rooftop Films Summer Series

Various Locations

Few things sound more enticing than enjoying a film in front of an amazing New York City sunset. Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization committed to inspiring audiences far and wide by bringing indie “underground” movies to the rooftops of the city. As one of the leading independent film organizations in the country, Rooftop shows movies at various locations including Coney Island, Socrates Sculpture Park and the William Vale. Make sure to pencil some in this August!

3. Rooftop Cinema Club

YOTEL New York City, 570 10th Avenue, Manhattan
OfficeOps, 57 Thames Street, Brooklyn 

Looking for the perfect movie night under the gorgeous night sky with your favorite eats in a comfy seat? Head to Midtown’s YOTEL New York City rooftop or Brooklyn’s OfficeOps rooftop for an incredible outdoor cinema experience. The Rooftop Cinema Club is the ultimate movie experience, offering wireless headphones which create a surround sound experience, as well as panoramic city views and (hopefully) stunning city sunsets. Don’t miss out on this unique outdoor movie theater experience.

4. SummerScreen

McCarren Park, Brooklyn
Wednesdays, sundown around 8:00 pm

SummerScreen began in 2006 and continues strong 12 years later, screening films for people near or far to come and watch all summer long. The organization promotes a fantastic outdoor cinema experience. All attendees are required to bring their own blankets, chairs and snacks, and pets are welcome!  You definitely won’t regret taking a trip to Brooklyn this summer for an exceptional SummerScreen outdoor cinema experience.

5. Movies Under the Stars

Various Locations

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This summer, NYC Parks and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment have teamed up to show more than 150 film screening at parks across all five boroughs. The family-friendly flicks range from new releases to timeless classics. Bring your picnic blanket, popcorn and family, and enjoy the fun!

Around TOWN | The Summer Guide 2017

For many New Yorkers, summertime is an opportunity to jet set – whether to the nearby Hamptons or to faraway European destinations. For those of us who stick around, however, there are plenty of activities to fill your schedule with. From outdoor movie nights in the park and tasty ice cream spots on every corner to riveting art displays and star-studded concerts, you may never have a dull moment if you plan accordingly. And everyone who has had the opportunity to witness a 4th of July fireworks display over the East River knows that there’s simply nothing like it.

TOWN has put together this guide to feature the city’s best events and destinations, including tasty brunch spots, worthy charity events, and cultural opera performances. Enjoy everything the city has to offer this summer, and please let us know if you have any questions about the New York City real estate market or how we can assist you. In this guide, we have included short links to easily reference the details about the event.

Events | Fourth of July in the City

Each year, Americans around the country gather on July 4th to celebrate the birth of our nation. Without a doubt, everyone’s favorite Independence Day pastime is watching fireworks, and New York City offers that and so much more. These top 5 picks for spending the holiday in the city are sure to spark your patriotic pride as you give three cheers for the red, white, and blue!

1. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Easy River display

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New York’s iconic skyline will ignite with an explosion of color and light at Macy’s 41st annual fireworks display over the East River. Some of the nation’s greatest musical acts, including country music artist Craig Campbell and Grammy and Tony Award winner Heather Headley, will take part in this year’s festivities, which will be broadcast live on NBC at 8:00pm ET. With terrific Manhattan views, the best vantage point for catching this year’s festivities is undoubtedly Brooklyn Bridge Park, so get there early and claim your spot!

2. 4th of July in Coney Island

Luna Park

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Brooklyn’s famed Coney Island celebrates our nation’s birthday with a fireworks show right on the beach, offering a fun and less crowded alternative to the Macy’s display. Other activities include Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and the New York Aquarium.

3. Midsummer Night Swing

Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center

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Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park lights up on July 4th for an evening of music and dance. The annual al fresco dance-a-thon celebrates the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and other jazz greats with David Oswalt’s Eternity Band. Get ready to dance the night away by coming early and taking a free Lindy Hop class. Tickets begin at $17.

4. LIC Flea and Food

5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City

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This free, open-air bazaar in Long Island City offers retro wares, antiques, delicious eats, and stunning views of Manhattan’s iconic skyline. Enjoy wood-smoked barbecue and libations from the all-Queens beer and wine garden while you watch the firework displays light up the sky!

5. Travis Parade

PS 26, Staten Island

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Now in its 107th year, Staten Island’s Travis Parade is an old-school American celebration of patriotism. This year’s march will be led by Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick, kicking off with a ceremony at noon in front of PS 26. Be sure to join in the festivities, rain or shine!

Events | Best Summer Concerts Around New York City

The music scene in New York is already heating up with an eclectic mix of musical stylings, from R&B to hip-hop and everything in between. Here are some of our top picks for the hottest tickets in and around New York City, brought to you by Luxury Attaché.

Governors Ball Music Festival

June 2nd through 4th
Randall’s Island Park

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Music festival season is in full swing, and one of the city’s most popular events, Governors Ball, is set with an all-star lineup featuring Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Childish Gambino, and Tool. Now in its seventh year, this annual event draws passionate music fans from all over the country to gather and celebrate a diverse mix of musical genres.

Find tickets here.

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

June 3rd
Liberty State Park, New Jersey

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Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 10th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, with special appearances by Alicia Keys and Jordan Fisher of Broadway’s Hamilton. This stylish event attracts celebrities and notable guests for an afternoon of polo and picnicking. Don’t miss this exciting event, where Veuve Clicquot will introduce two new tasty champagne offerings.

Find tickets here.

The Weeknd

June 6th through 7th
Barclays Center, Brooklyn

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Canadian recording star The Weeknd returns to Brooklyn in his Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 Tour. With a distinct blend of pop and hip-hop, this Grammy Award-winning and platinum-selling music artist features his highly successful new album, Starboy.

Find tickets here.

John Legend

June 27th through 28th
Madison Square Garden

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R&B superstar John Legend takes the stage at Madison Square Garden this summer in a concert featuring songs from his latest album Darkness and Light. This multitalented musician is a 10-time Grammy Award winner and won an Oscar in 2015 for his song “Glory” from the film Selma. Don’t miss the soulful sounds of this urban contemporary artist.

Find tickets here.

Coldplay

August 1st
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

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British pop sensation Coldplay returns to New York City with its A Head Full of Dreams tour. On track to becoming one of the highest-grossing tours of all time, the band combines a dizzying array of lights and pyrotechnics with their distinctive Brit-pop style.

Find tickets here.

 

Outdoor Activities | Top 10 Ways to Opt Outside this Month

Opt outside this April with an activity as fun and fresh as the season. Whether you are in the mood for a leisurely stroll, a lovely bike ride, or an outdoor adventure, don’t let the traffic and crowds of the city deceive you; it has everything you need and more! Take advantage of the sunny weather by choosing from one of our top outdoor activity picks for Spring 2017.

1. New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx

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The gorgeous gardens at NYBG showcase some of the most awe-inspiring and impressive plants in the state of New York. Whether visiting with a date, a loved one, or the whole family, it’s an experience that is sure to get you excited for the upcoming outdoor months. Currently on view is the 2017 Orchid Show, a Thailand- themed exhibition that is absolutely not-to-be-missed. Following the Orchid Show, another Spring exhibit will open on April 22nd featuring the artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly.

2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cherry Blossom Festival

990 Washington Avenue

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Image Courtesy BBG

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival welcomes guests to view the blossoms from late March through mid-May in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. In addition to the famed blooms, BBG offers a Japanese tea room, an art gallery, a mini flea market and over 52 acres of lush gardens to explore.

3. Central Park Activities

Central Park, Manhattan

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Image Courtesy Central Park Conservancy

With the Conservancy Spring Guide 2017, Central Park offers New Yorkers a year-round oasis for outdoor exploration, and especially so in the spring. From Discovery Walks and chess games to Shakespeare plays and youth programs, Central Park is the place to be, explore, and enjoy. We suggest that you reference the guide to find out all of the incredible ways you can reap the benefits of this beloved green space!

4. Union Square Greenmarket

East 17th Street and Union Square West, Manhattan

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Image Courtesy Union Square Café

Enjoy the lively crowd at this centrally located outdoor market, open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays year-round from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. From bread, knits, and books to produce, cheese, and flowers, visitors leave the Greenmarket with a variety of treasures unique to the day’s vendors.

5. Citi Biking

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Image Courtesy CitiBike

Biking is a great way to take in the sweeping views of Manhattan and get in some cardio on a sunny day. Grab a Citi Bike at the historic South Street Seaport and then head over the Brooklyn Bridge and around the verdant Brooklyn Bridge Park. End your ride with a spin on Jane’s Carousel. Want to stay closer to the city? Riding along the West Side Highway is a New York moment that cannot be beat. If you’re feeling adventurous, end your ride at the Community Boathouse (located at Pier 40) and hop in a Kayak. Need to refuel? Grand Banks Seafood and bar at Pier 25 is the perfect place to catch your breath over oysters and a glass of chilled rosé.

6. Pier 25

Hudson River Park at 225 West Street and North Moore Street

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Image Courtesy Pier 25

Pier 25, a perennial favorite for families and singles alike, is a great place to spend a few hours outside. The entire area is packed with activities – from mini golfing and beach volleyball to a skate park and a water park play area. With so many offerings, this is one of New York’s most essential spring and summertime hot spots.

7. New York Sailboat Cruise

North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place

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Image Courtesy Manhattan By Sail

Board the historic Shearwater at North Cove Marina then set sail as the boat crew eases you out to sea for picturesque views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Governors Island. Your New York Sailboat Cruise includes a wine tasting and charcuterie board.

8. Gantry Plaza State Park

4-09 47th Road, Long Island City

Image Courtesy Gantry Plaza State Park
Image Courtesy Gantry Plaza State Park

Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre park on the East River in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. With plenty of restaurants to choose from, a dog park, iconic sites (like the Pepsi-Cola sign) and unbeatable Manhattan skyline views, this park is the perfect pick for a lovely day outdoors.

9. The Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Boulevard

Image Courtesy Bronx Zoo
Image Courtesy Bronx Zoo

Take a trip to the iconic Bronx Zoo and prepare yourself for feelings of awe and nostalgia. The well-kept, winding zoo grounds are endless, with plentiful attractions at each and every turn. The destination is appropriate for all ages, families, and singles alike!

10. Boating on the Lake

Central Park Lake

Image Courtesy Central Park Conservancy
Image Courtesy Central Park Conservancy

What’s a better way to soak up spring than on a rowboat across the Central Park Lake? Weather permitting, you can rent a rowboat or gondola and take in the water views up close. Be sure to check out the Lake’s historic boat landings as well, which have been restored to their original design by the Central Park Conservancy!