City life has its ups and downs, but when it comes to sledding, that’s a good thing. Below, we present our favorite spots to sled in the city. On certain snowy days, the Parks & Recreation Department will provide sleds and hot chocolate.
Many locals swear by the sledding at Central Park’s Pilgrim Hill (Fifth Ave at 72nd Street), but we prefer the less-crowded Riverside Park (at 103rd Street), which boasts great views of the Hudson and gives families more room to zoom. Grab whatever gear you’ll need at C&S Hardware (788 Amsterdam Ave at 98th St; 212-222-8720, csgroupny.com).Subway: 1 to 103rd St.
Although Fort Greene Park has decent runs, the borough’s best sledding is in Park Slope, on the hill next to Prospect Park’s Tennis House, just off 9th Street and Prospect Park West. Subway: F to Seventh Ave.
Thrill-seekers have been known to sneak up Forest Park’s “Suicide Hill” despite the Parks Department’s efforts to stop them. For a less dangerous but equally fun ride, head to the park’s Mary Whalen Playground (Park Lane South at 79th St). Nearby, Continental Hardware (102-01 Metropolitan Ave at 71st Ave, Forest Hills; 718-268-9077) sells all kinds of sleds and disks. Subway: E, F, V, R to 71st Ave–Forest Hills.
The inclines at Clove Lakes Park (Martling Ave at Slosson Ave) are so formidable that park staff stack bales of hay at the bottom to prevent kids from gliding into traffic. Doody Home Center (1677 Victory Blvd at Slosson Ave, 718-872-0099) is the sledding shop of choice, located just two blocks away. Travel: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the S60 bus to Victory Blvd.
The top sledding spots in historic Crotona Park are at the north end (Fulton Ave between Crotona Park North and 174th St). Subway: 2, 5 to E 180th St.