Mia Levine has the right idea. Ice cream leads to a Happy Father's Day.
Photo by Joshua Kristal
We’re having some lovely warm weather. Good time to hit the parks. Here’s some ideas of things to do:
Head down to Dumbo and try out the new East River Ferry service, which’ll take you to Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Manhattan. It’s free till next weekend, and there might be long lines.
If so, you could grab some ice cream and head to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1. Sit on the grass and check out the water and Manhattan skyline. Vendors are serving all manner of food, drinks, beer and wine. Kids can run on the grass.
Ilana Levine sips cappucino at Van Leeuwen
If you want to take dad for some ice cream, check out the neighborhood’s best at Karloff on Court Street and Van Leeuwen, on Bergen near Smith. Both serve espresso with ice cream, which is a real treat.
If you are looking for shade and nature, you can find it at Prospect Park. Take the F to 15th Street Prospect Park west, and walk east. When you cross over the great lawn, you’ll find paths through the wooded area in the middle of the park. You can really get lost in here, walking through the trees, over streams. Check out several small waterfalls, and lots of birds and chipmunks. It’s about 15 degrees cooler there. Out of the woods, on the east side, you’ll find the Nethermead, a huge grassy lawn that’s not crowded. This is heaven, and a little escape from the city.
If you’re feeling adventurous, head to Rainbow City interactive massive bouncy sculpture play-area for kids and adults at the new, northern section of the High Line Park in Chelsea. At 10th Avenue and 30th Street in Manhattan.
Or, if beach is what you want, head to Fort Tilden. It’s widely regarded as the nicest beach in the city area. If you don’t have a car, take the 2/3 subway to the last stop, at Brooklyn College. Then catch the Q35 bus, which takes you over the bridge to the beach.