City Without Limits

New York City (Cont.)

11. PLAY KICKBALL—yes, that old schoolyard staple is back in vogue. Join bankers, artists, and the occasional nine-year-old ringer for pickup games Sundays from 6 to 10 p.m. at McCarren Park, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (www.brooklynkickball.com)

12. WET A LINE on the Hudson River under the Verazzano Narrows Bridge—one of the best spots in the country to land 30- to 40-pound striped bass. The Urban Angler can supply guides and gear. (212-689-6400, www.urbanangler.com)

13. WORK YOUR ABS and your ego with the hardbodies at the new David Barton Gym in Chelsea, where DJs spin tunes, the floors are faux leather, and you can watch a fiber-optic light show in the steam bath. (212-414-2022, www.davidbartongym.com)

14. GEAR UP at Paragon Sports, the four-level superstore that's been outfitting New York's adventure set—from mountaineers to darts aficionados—since 1908. (212-255-8036, www.paragonsports.com)

15. SPLURGE at the sleek, nautical-themed Maritime Hotel (doubles, $265 and up; 212-242-4300, www.themaritimehotel.com). On the edge of Manhattan's meatpacking district, it's a perfect base for hitting ultrahip hangouts like Spice Market (212-675-2322) and Lotus (212-243-4420).

16. SCOPE EGRETS and herons in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, 260 acres of wetlands and woodland on Staten Island. Take the ferry from Manhattan—it's free. (718-967-1976, www.nysparks.state.ny.us)

17. SCARE YOURSELF SILLY on Coney Island's Cyclone, a 2,600-foot-long wood-and-steel roller coaster that's been terrifying New Yorkers since 1927. Sure, other rides are higher and faster, but only the rickety Cyclone makes you think your life is actually in danger. (718-265-2100, www.astroland.com)

18. SWING HIGH over TriBeCa during a two-hour lesson at Trapeze School New York, on the banks of the Hudson River. Strap into a harness and swoop 25 feet above the (netted) ground on your first try. (917-797-1872, www.newyork.trapezeschool.com)

19. FIND TRUE SOLITUDE—no car alarms, we promise—at the Conservatory Garden, a six-acre oasis hidden in Central Park (enter at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street) that's filled with fruit trees, manicured hedges, fountains, and an explosion of chrysanthemums in autumn. (212-310-6600, www.centralparknyc.org)

20. EAT MEAT with the city's media moguls and financiers—as well as regular folks who can score a reservation—at the Peter Luger Steak House, which has been serving carnivores since 1887 from its roost under the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn. Cash only. (718-387-7400, www.peterluger.com)

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