Parks are being touted as a place to get fresh air during the coronavirus crisis, although it is recommended that you keep the same precautions: keep social distance (at least 6 feet) from others and take extra measures to protect yourself. At this time, all New York City parks are open. New York State has waived all park fees in state, local, and county parks. To limit your chance of encountering other people (sadly), perhaps opt for some of the largest parks in the city. Here are the twelve largest parks in New York City, which are conveniently almost equally distributed by borough.
1. Jamaica Bay Park
Though it does not usually appear on many lists for largest city parks, what NYC Parks terms Jamaica Bay Park is over 19,000 acres — larger than any on this list and nearly the size of Manhattan. It’s different from the other parks in the sense that it encompasses an entire estuary including waterways, wetlands, meadowlands, and ponds, crosses boroughs, and is made up of discrete swaths and sections all along the southern Brooklyn and Queens waterfront. But it’s a great way to get out in nature and be pretty isolated.
It’s all technically part of the Jamaica Bay Unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, which includes Bergen Beach, Canarsie Pier, Floyd Bennett Field, Plumb Beach, Shirley Chisolm State Park, Spring Creek, Breezy Point Tip, Fort Tilden, Frank Charles Memorial Park, Hamilton Beach Park, Jacob Riis Park, and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.