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New York City Region

Famous for its energy, culture, shops and tourist sites, New York City is also the home to many state parks. These open space jewels provide the perfect oasis in the city that never sleeps. 

The 28-acre rooftop Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in Harlem offers amazing views along the Hudson River and year-round recreation and entertainment.  Features include an ice rink, indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasium, running track, theater, playing fields, playgrounds, and a carousel. Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx draws visitors for its year-round sports programs, popular outdoor pool complex, state-of-the-art playground and more.

Marsha P. Johnson (East River) State Park in Brooklyn has access to the Williamsburg waterfront and spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline - the perfect backdrop for enjoying the many cultural and food related events at the park. Gantry Plaza State Park on the Long Island City, Queens waterfront offers great views and waterside fun. Head out to Staten Island and explore Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, a 260-acre preserve with a mixture of unique habitats, an active nature center and miles of trails. Take the Roosevelt Island tram to Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park;  the only memorial dedicated to the former President in his home state of New York. 

Bring your binoculars and fishing pole to Bayswater Point State Park in Queens and tour this delicate bird habitat and prime fishing site on Jamaica Bay. Explore the 10 miles of hiking and biking trails at Shirley Chisholm State Park in Brooklyn and enjoy the park's waterfront access and scenic views of New York City.

For a new perspective on urban parks try Hudson River Park. This joint city-state partnership is a continuous waterfront esplanade stretching more than five miles from Battery Park City to 59th St. with a multi-use bike and running trail.

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