New York City is surrounded by water– and yes that includes the boroughs besides Manhattan. Looking for the perfect spot to have a picnic, photoshoot, romantic date, or just a place to relax? Look no further! Here’s a look into the gorgeous waterfronts right in New York City.

 

Gantry Plaza State Park

4-09 47th Road

Long Island City, NY 11101

 

Gantry Plaza State Park has the perfect view of the midtown Manhattan skyline for a stroll along the river. Come here to relax and sit on the green after a long day of work, enjoy the sunset, or capture a few pictures. Walking by, I have definitely seen some prom pictures happening here. Grab a bite to eat at Latin restaurant Blend on the Water then enjoy a night out at the dance and comedy clubs beginning to open around the area.

 

Brooklyn Bridge Park

334 Furman Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

 

Stroll by Brooklyn Bridge Park for unforgettable views of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan skyline. Exciting, free events are held here daily! Enjoy listening to live music? Want learn a broadway dance, zumba, or yoga routine? Want to try something new and go kayaking for the first time? Are you a roller skating addict? Take a look at the event page (http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events) and find a date that fits in your calender! The Brooklyn Bridge Park uses the beautiful view to their advantage and hosts great activities for friends, family, and lovers.

 

Battery Park

Southern Tip of Manhattan

New York, NY

 

This 25 acre southern tip of Manhattan is a public art museum, recreation space, and historic center all in one. Battery park’s glorious waterfront views along with a backdrop of Manhattan’s financial district make it the perfect spot for an evening run, artistic performances, first date, and more. Street performers entertain the passengers while they wait to board the Staten Island Ferry. The park is home to many historical monuments and memorials such as the World Trade Center Sphere, Castle Clinton Fort, and East Coast Memorial. Community events are held here daily. Check out a full list of what’s happening over the next few weeks at (http://bpcparks.org/events/photo/).

 

East River Esplanade

FDR Drive between 36th and 38th Street

New York, NY

 

The East River Waterfront Esplanade was created to improve waterfront amenities for public use, recreation, and enjoyment. Bike lanes, basketball courts, dog runs, and exercise areas have been implemented to increase community events along the Lower Manhattan waterfront. Pier 15 has an upper deck and lower deck open to the public with greenery and lawn chairs to relax in. Pack a bag and enjoy a picnic here with family and friends while enjoying the sun and open air, and take a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge during sunset!