Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Airborne

Just because Coney Island’s Parachute Jump has been “under construction” for years, and it’s illegal to bungee jump off New York City’s bridges, doesn’t mean you can’t get airborne in and around the five boroughs. Oh no, no no. If a hot air balloon ride isn’t enough to get your heart pumping, maybe it’s time to go a little more extreme.

Air traffic laws (and common sense) prevent you from hang-gliding through Midtown; but there are plenty of other thrilling options. Within one hour of Manhattan in most directions you can find tons of great adventures (some of which provide excellent New York City views).

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[Originally published on Examiner.com]

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Five Boroughs: a paddler's paradise

It’s easy to forget that Manhattan is an island.

Strolling through Times Square doesn’t invoke too much beach-community sensibility, but with spring comes an onslaught of waterway activity rivaling that of any vacation town. And one of the best offerings of the five boroughs comes cheap and accessible: paddling.

Manhattan is situated amidst one of the most complicated, intricate series of waterways of any international city. Canoes and kayaks are great modes of transport for seeing the city in a whole new light and exploring nooks and crannies you never knew this place had. Start with a lesson, and end with the 31-mile route around Manhattan: Everything you need is right here. So take your pick: The Atlantic Ocean, Hudson, East and Harlem rivers, Gowanus Canal, Newtown Creek, Long Island Sound, and Hells Gate narrows each has something special to offer.

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[Originally posted at Examiner.com]

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Flipping Out: Unleash your inner carny all over the Big Apple

Spring was made for clowning around. And for you adventurous New York City souls, that activity doesn’t have to be limited to late nights slumped over the bar of your local watering hole. Follow this simple guide for some adventurous pursuits guaranteed to flip you out.

Aerial Open Workout: The House of Yes’ Sky Box in Williamsburg opens it doors every Monday night for an Aerial Open Workout, billed as “29 feet of vertical fun.” For $15, you can use their silks, lyras, and trapezes, or rig your own. They’ve also got classes on hula-hooping, ballet, and yoga.

8-10 p.m. Mondays; $15. Sky Box: 342 Maujer St., Brooklyn NY. Directions: L train to Grand Street. Contact: skybox.info@gmail.com or (585) 507-1770

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[Originally posted at Examiner.com]