outdoors & recreation
Join in NYC Sports
by Jonathan Zeller, 09/21/2011
Skate Plaza photo (left) by Daniel Avila; rock-climbing photo courtesy of Chelsea Piers
Curtis Granderson and David Wright might grab all the headlines, but NYC is a great place for ordinary folks to play sports, too. Beyond the confines of Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden, the five boroughs offer a surprisingly robust array of participatory sporting activities for recreational athletes of all shapes, sizes and ability levels.
From hoops at Rucker Park and the West 4th Street Courts (and indoors, too—more on that later) to fishing in Sheepshead Bay and swimming at the City's beaches (open Memorial Day through Labor Day), there's an endless variety of ways to keep fit and have fun. That even includes trapeze—that's right, trapeze!—on the west side of Manhattan. Read on for details and more of our favorites; then grab your water bottle and take the court, hit the trails or dive into the water.