Gantry Plaza State Park: Offering stunning views of Manhattan from the banks of the East River.
Socrates Sculpture Park: Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale work in a unique environment that encourages strong interaction between arti sts, artworks and the public. Built on an abandoned riverside landfill, it offers great river views amid soaring sculpture 365 days a year.
Long Island City Community Boat House: Paddle along the East River in a free kayak. Tours given daily.
Queensbridge Park: This 20-acre riverfront park offers terrific up-close views of the Queensboro Bridge, plus ball fields; basketball, volleyball and handball courts; a playground; a wading pool; and picnic areas.
LIC Flea & Market: LIC Flea & Food is the largest outdoor artisan market in Queens County. The market is open rain or shine every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm.
Hunters Point Park: This waterfront park was until recently an abandoned post-industrial area in Long Island City. Transformed into a space that offers fun and relaxation for everyone in the area, the new park includes a central green, a playground, a dog run, a bikeway, a waterside promenade, a basketball court, and a 13,000 square foot pavilion that contains comfort stations, concessions, and an elevated cafe plaza.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park: A memorial to president Franklin D. Roosevelt open 6 days a week, 9am-7pm, closed Tuesdays
WNYC Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): WNYC Transmitter Park was opened to the Greenpoint-Williamsburg communities in 2012 as a local waterfront destination. Once the working home of the WNYC radio transmission towers, the park is now a stunning green space, with both natural areas and also places for fishing, play, and active recreation.