Socrates Sculpture Park
This LIC park is adorned with a state-of-the-art playground, recreation center, occasional food carts, and facilities to host events like nighttime Summer movie screenings.
Rotating art installations transform this ordinary neighborhood park into an alluring spectacle in Queens by the East River and near the north end of Roosevelt Island. Even without the sculptures, though, the one-block-long landfill-turned-green space is worthy of a visit. There's a grove of trees, pockets of plants, and open lawn space that make circling the perimeter of the park a pleasant experience. Plus, it sits between a Costco and a miniature beach. Talk about range.