After months of staying at home, swinging into summer at the city’s parks and green areas is all the more appealing. Going for walks among trees and fresh air may lower cortisol levels and overall stress, improve mood, and provide a host of other benefits to wellbeing. New York City’s cherished parks are also green oases for morning runs and playgrounds for kids to let loose, make noise, and run wild with friends. Four-legged friends, too, can sniff, chase, and socialize in local dog runs and with their human companions and the green grass beneath their paws. Here we highlight LIC condos that offer an array of sustainable wellness amenities and proximity to some of New York City’s most cherished outdoor gems.
As its name suggests, Townhouse on the Park sits directly on Murray Park—a well-maintained and recently renovated park that boasts a lush lawn, playgrounds and open spaces for children to play, a spray shower for cooling off in the summer, a bustling dog run, basketball courts, and an open sports field. Even closer to home are private outdoor spaces throughout the residences, including rooftop entertaining spaces equipped with wet bars and mini refrigerators, backyard patios in garden-level homes, and landscaped rooftop gardens in the penthouse residences. The gated courtyard and exclusive communal lawn provide space for residents to relax, meet and greet, and otherwise enjoy the outdoors.
The Zipper Building boasts wellness amenities like its yoga terrace adjacent to its fitness center, as well as a resident lounge with an outdoor terrace for unwinding or catching up with friends. But just beyond are the stunning waterfront Hunter’s Point South and Gantry State Parks. Hunter’s Point South Park features an array of outdoor activity facilities—from playgrounds, a bikeway, and a basketball court to fitness equipment. The central green and the cantilevered platform provide idyllic spaces for lounging or taking in the breathtaking views of the city skyline and waterfront. Further north along the river is Gantry State Park—welcoming people to walk through its gardens and mist fountain and visit its restored gantries. Gantry also offers a fishing pier and basketball and handball courts.
The YARD is also located a stone’s throw away from both Hunter’s Point South Park and Gantry State Park and contains a full suite of amenities, like its landscaped roof deck—a convenient spot for enjoying views and fresh air from home. Residents are also close to neighborhood favorites like the Hunter’s Point Community Park. For those with a green thumb, the nearby LIC Community Garden provides space and opportunities for reconnecting with the earth.
Finally, CORE23 is located a few short blocks from Queensbridge Park, a 20-plus-acre park along the East River. The park encompasses a riverfront promenade with dramatic water and city views and views of its namesake Queensboro Bridge. CORE23 residents can take advantage of its scenic picnicking areas, as well as baseball diamonds and running paths, ideal for staying fit while enjoying some of the best scenery in the city.
For residents of these Long Island City condos, connecting to the outdoors—and all its benefits for body and spirit—is a matter of stepping out to nearby parks and green spaces and taking full advantage of the amenities on offer at home as well.