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air balloon ride in fall

When green turns to gold, mixed with humbling hues of red, orange and yellow, that’s your cue. Whether for a day or weekend, celebrate our most spectacular season by land, air, and sea with these seven adventurous fall foliage…

Bike New York

Catch the best scenery the Garden State has to offer during Bike New York’s Twin Lights Ride on Sunday, September 25. With five diverse routes ranging from 15-100 miles, there’s something for all levels and abilities. You’ll pedal past some of New Jersey’s most…

Red Hook

Tucked into the southwest edge of Brooklyn, Red Hook is a rare gift of a neighborhood. At once quaint and hip, it has largely kept the borough’s gentrifying wave at bay, holding onto the rough-and-tumble roots that make it…

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Roosevelt Island is a two-mile long sliver of land between Manhattan and Queens. This East River isle is a self-contained community that over 12,000 people call home. The vibe is metro-retro in all the right ways. Though urban, there…

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If you’re looking for a clean, accessible beach less than an hour from Manhattan, hop on the LIRR to Long Beach. The five miles of pristine Long Island sand attracts big crowds, so pack your towel and sunscreen and…

Rockaway Beach

With temperatures soaring in New York City, a trip to the beach becomes a necessity. While the Jersey Shore or the Hamptons may be great weekend getaway options, Rockaway Beach in Queens is without a doubt the best option…

Kayak Harriman State Park

As the city eases into summer, the urge to fling yourself into a large body of water becomes almost unbearable. If you’ve surfed at Rockaway Beach, splashed your way through the city’s pools, and are looking for a new aquatic diversion,…

Kayaking the Hudson

At first, New York City might not appear to be a mecca for outdoor adventure, but city dwellers may be surprised to find just how many activities are just a quick subway ride away. In the midst of our urban jungle, waves,…

SUP in Jamaica Bay

Everyone has his or her own list of ‘things to do in New York.’ But another, similar pleasure is often overlooked: finding those “Am I still in New York?” moments. Stand up paddleboarding (or SUP-ing) on the tranquil waters…