3. WNYC Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
Emblematic of the type of urban change underway in Greenpoint, Transmitter Park replaced the old WNYC radio transmission towers with a host of trendy urbanist amenities, such as a pedestrian bridge and esplanade, a children’s play fountain, and an old broadcast building converted into a cafe. The park also includes a pier that juts out into the East River, an open lawn, and a publicly accessible wetland area, all crammed into 1.6 acres. Definitely check it out for the unobstructed views of the Midtown Manhattan skyline – its still less populated than the overcrowded East River State Park in Williamsburg.