East Harlem Health & Recreation

Central Park

Address: Central Park
Phone: 212-310-6600
Website: www.centralparknyc.org/

In addition to vast stretches of greenery, ponds and lakes perfect for escaping the crowds on foot or by bike, there are plenty of ways to join in the fun in this enormous slice of wilderness?843 acres, to be exact?in the city's midst. Summerstage features top international names in popular live music; the Zoo is one of the nation's best-known.

Harlem Meer & Central Park Conservatory Garden

Address: Central Park Conservancy
Website: www.centralparknyc.org/visit/tours/self-guided-tours/north-end-tour.html

Located near Harlem Meer in the northern end of Central Park, the six-acre Conservatory Garden is the park's only formal garden. The Meer offers a free catch-and-release fishing program as well as a full calendar of parties and festivals in summer months.

Thomas Jefferson Park

Address: Thomas Jefferson Park
Website: www.nycgovparks.org/parks/thomasjeffersonpark

This well-maintained neighborhood park along the Harlem River offers a track, raquetball courts, playgrounds, a dog run, basketball courts and a pool.