New York City: The Hills
From Central Park to the Highline, New York City makes shockingly good use of its green space. The city’s latest park innovation is a series of stunning summits, created from the ground up, on Governors Island, just off lower Manhattan. This abandoned former military base was recently reinvented as a concert venue, festival grounds, and historic site. But this newest development makes it one of the coolest parks in the country, adding an instantly classic feature to the iconic skyline. There are four “Hills” altogether, ranging between 40 and 70 feet, each with a distinct identity: grassy hill is a 25-foot chill zone, slide hill has 40-foot chutes for all ages; Discovery Hill has an installation by the artist who created the Hills; and Outlook Hill is the 70-foot trophy for 360-degree views. Mix and match for one hell of a workout or just a super fun day out and some of the best views of the city and the Statue of Liberty.
Post-Summit Adventure: For an full-day loop, there’s a ferry that takes you from Governor’s Island to the newly developed Brooklyn waterfront. Follow this on foot to DUMBO for pints, and then up onto the Brooklyn Bridge, which will deliver you back to Manhattan.
Getting There: The closest stop to the ferry terminal is South Ferry, but it’s a short walk from just about any subway stop at the southern end of Manhattan.Back to top