OUTDOOR NYC

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MANHATTAN

Tom Fruin’s Bombora House

Meatpacking

Walk through a large, illuminated, stained glass-like house dubbed “Bombora House,” surrounded by smaller “satellite” house-shaped sculptures. Interact with it via text, prompting a unique programmed light reaction. The latest installment of Tom Fruin’s Icon series of everyday objects reimagined and reinterpreted in steel, colored acrylic glass, and specialized lighting. Lots of great dining options…

King Nyani

Midtown-30s

Nestle in the hand of King Nyani, a 23 ft long bronze gorilla sculpture by world-renowned public artists Gillie and Marc Schattner. Nyani will lounge in Bella Abzug Park, already a colorful, engaging place to play, near Hudson Yards for 11 months to bring awareness and raise funds for the critically endangered gorilla species through…

Believe

Upper East Side-90s+

Be inspired by colorful crochet made by the El Barrio Crochet Collective.

Art on the Ave NYC

Upper West Side-70s

Take a socially-distanced gallery walk along Columbus Ave between 68th and 77th streets that spotlights artists from New York around the theme of “The Art of Healing.” A partnership between artists, storefront owners, and local businesses.

Visit businesses displaying Art on the Ave NYC signage to get a map as well as special discounts and…

Ziggy

Seaport

Lounge and climb on rainbow colored inventive seating options on vibrantly colored painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord by Hou De Sousa.

Across the street from the fun Imagination Playground and the historic, cobblestoned Seaport District with cute shops and restaurants plus historic tall ships in the harbor.

Sam Moyer: Doors For Doris

Central Park

Try to open massive stone doors in a massive three-part sculpture on the southeastern edge of Central Park. Moyer’s hybrid sculpture unites imported stone with rock indigenous to the New York region with beautiful inlaid marble fragments. The title pays homage to Public Art Fund founder, Doris C. Freedman (1928-1981)

Prismatica

Midtown-30s

Follow an interactive art trail of 25 giant pivoting prisms, Spin the art to fill the plazas with reflections and musical sounds, creating an ever-changing light show.

Located on Broadway between 39th and 40th Streets.

High Line

Meatpacking

Follow the green dots for a socially-distanced stroll on the unique public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Timed-entry passes required on weekends. On weekdays, the park is open at 7 am –7 pm without reservations.

Enter at Gansevoort Street, 23rd Street, or 30th…

Central Park Zoo

Central Park

Visit sea lions, snow monkeys, red pandas, turtles, bears and other animals at the cozy Central Park Zoo.

* Climb, play and pet at the interactive children’s zoo across the path.

* Most indoor areas are now open including the delightful penguins & sea birds exhibit and tropic zone. 4D Theater is closed.

* Some…

Vessel

Midtown-30s

* Climb 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs — almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings -to incredible views of the city, the river and beyond. Not for those averse to physical exertion or heights. Elevator available only for disabled visitors.

* Same day tickets available at onsite interactive kiosks on a first come, first…

Shine Bright at Hudson Yards

Midtown-30s

See spectacular set pieces and over 2 million lights illuminating all of Hudson Yards and the Vessel along with cool public art throughout the mall and plaza.

Lots of great food options including Mercado Little Spain and a new Ladurée stand (near more sweets at Dylan’s Candy Bar).…

Moko Moko Doki Doki & “Double Happiness”

Lower East Side

See (and touch!) Misaki Kawai’s giant pettable, combable sculptures with rudimentary emoji-like faces plus paintings with faces and text showing the rudimentary blocks of the world, “chu” (kiss), “suki” (like), “peko peko” (hungry), “pero pero” (licking), “kuru kuru” (spinning).

Also see special two-person exhibition “Double Happiness” by Caroline Larsen and Roxanne Jackson featuring psychedelic…

BROOKLYN/QUEENS

Queens Zoo

This intimate zoo in Flushing Meadows houses wildlife native to the Americas including more than 4,000 Puerto Rican crested toads, Andean Bear Cubs, American bison and rare breeds of domestic animals including Flemish giant rabbits, Texas longhorn cattle, and Jacob’s four-horned sheep.

Some food and shopping available but only accepting credit card/apple pay. Only outdoor…

The Winter Escape

Stroll through a series of immersive, multi-sensory floral filled installations. Pose for photo-ops in  a  Gingerbread Village, stop by smell a Candy Cane Rose Garden, frolic through pink trees are more. Hot cocoa and other treats available.

Also explore 47-acres of the longest continuously farmed site in New York State with a pumpkin patch, historic…

Queens County Farm Museum

Visit 47-acres of the longest continuously farmed site in New York State (since 1697). See historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex,  farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard and herb garden and livestock including cattle, sheep, chickens and llamas.

Also visit floral pop-up The Fall Escape (separate timed ticket required).

Winter at Industry City

The public art & high design at this innovative hub has cool art and  photo-ops throughout in addition to tons of great international food options & with lots of heated outdoor seating. Housr vary by vendor, check the opening/closing schedules.

Ice skate in outside in courtyard 5/6 ($12, $10/skate rentals). Penguin skate aids available…

Prospect Park Zoo

This former menagerie is designed to allow up-close animal viewing, perfect for families with young children who want to learn about wildlife.

Explore a Discovery Trail and encounter 400 animals of 150 species including red panda, dingo, and a host of beautiful birds. Visit unique small cats, sea lions and Chinese-big headed turtles.

Advance online…

Queens Botanical Garden

Explore lovely gardens in a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods. Look for site-specific art throughout the garden including ocean conservation-focused exhibition With Every Fiber of Our Being with hand-embroidered portraits of underwater life on upcycled canvases.

Vale Rink

Glide on an impact absorbent/environmentally friendly ice-like surface with incredible city views at this outdoor rink on the 23rd floor of hip hotel The William Vale. Warm up in a rinkside tent with hot chocolate and treats.

50-minute skate sessions include skate and locker rentals.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Sustainability Scavenger Hunt

Investigate the sustainable design of Brooklyn Bridge Park in a self-guided scavenger hunt. Travel through the northern end of the park (from Pier 1 to 99 Plymouth Street), searching for clues and answers to questions about the park’s incorporation of reused and recycled materials and efforts in conservation and ecological restoration.

Advanced registration required. All…

BRONX

Wave Hill

Bronx

Explore 28-acre of gardens and woodlands with more than 4,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants and dramatic views of the Hudson River.

The delicious Café has grab-and-go items, snacks and beverages amn outdoor seating on a lovely terrace. Or bing your own food to a picnic area by the art gallery.

Currently…

Bronx Zoo

Bronx

 See tigers, bears, gorillas and over 650 other species of awesome animals at this 265 acres+ zoo.

* Tons of indoor and outdoor attractions – expect lots of walking but strollers welcome and the roads are scenic with pretty trees (and some bold peacocks).

* Learn about gorillas and watch them play in the mostly indoors Congo Gorilla Forest, ride on a ladybug on the Bug Carousel, pet and feed sheep, cows…

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show – Members Only

Bronx

* Marvel at model trains zipping around stunning New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves (most of it in the climate-controlled indoors).

* With capacity very limited for social distancing, this captivating display is only open to Members and Bronx Community Partners. Annual memberships start at $90 for individuals, $145 for families (tax-deductible)…