2. Randall’s Island
Reachable from three (!) of our five boroughs via walkable and bikeable bridges and connectors, Randall’s Island has no full-time residents or major businesses, no doubt lending to the aura of parklike tranquility. Once on the 480-acre island (learn more about its rich history here, hike or bike its eight miles of pathways, check out the extensive gardens and waterfront wetlands, or perform some bodyweight exercises on the multiple athletic fields. There are also some nice cherry blossoms to take in, but keep social distance from others!
Get to Randall’s Island from Manhattan on the Ward Island Bridge, from the Bronx via the Randall’s Island Connector in Port Morris, and from Queens via the Triboro Bridge.