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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Warm weather and fun in NYC

Those who know me well know that I'm not crazy about living in New York City. Sure, it's one of the world's greatest cities, it's got everything one could want in the way of culinary or cultural experiences. What can I say? I'm just not a city boy; I grew up a beach bum, and that's what I'll always be at heart. Having said that, though, I'm quite excited for spring and summer, and for all the fun NYC activities that the warm weather will bring.

First among these will be the Five Boro Bike Ride, also known as "Bike New York." This May's ride will be my third time doing it since my first ride in 2007 (pictures). As the name implies, the 42-mile ride (not a race) flows through all five of New York City's boros: Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island (where the ride ends). It's a great way to see the city, and a guaranteed day of fun. And in June, the Tour de Brooklyn offers an equally fun ride in my home boro.

By June, the food vendors at the Red Hook ball fields in Brooklyn are also in full swing, dishing out the most authentic Latin American fare you'll ever find in NYC. These vendors started selling food to the Latinos who come to watch the semi-pro soccer games, but the cat got out of the bag a couple of years ago, so now the place can sometimes be a mob scene. The food still makes it a worthwhile destination on a warm summer day, though. And, thanks to the new Red Hook IKEA, Manhattanites can get a free ferry ride to the ball fields.

One of the best ways to spend a summer evening outdoors in NYC is to watch one of the many open-air movie screenings. In Bryant Park, you can sit on the grass, surrounded by Manhattan skyscrapers, watching a movie on the big screen. For an even better view, Brooklyn Bridge Park offers free movies with a view of the eponymous bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

TravelZoo just published a page chock-full of NYC-related travel specials, so what are you waiting for? Come pay us a visit.



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