New York City

A row of trees fills the median bisecting Delancey Street, where the Williamsburg Bridge spills into Manhattan’s Lower East Side. For now, those trees are the only plant life in sight, but a local group has begun testing an idea that could put this intersection at the forefront of urban green space—as home to the…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near New York City. For more information, check out the book. 1. CENTRAL PARK CENTRAL PARK NORTH CENTRAL PARK SOUTH Climb a summit boulder, take in the view over a reservoir, and walk through history and greenery in this crossing of one of the world’s…

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In the past, getting city school kids outdoors meant playing handball in a brick courtyard. These days, more and more educators are finding creative ways to integrate outdoor learning into their curricula, with efforts ranging from planting rooftop gardens to transforming parking lots into outdoor labs. One such initiative is New York City’s The Natural…

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This past summer, Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) alumni Devine Malbreaux and Taine Jackson returned to the AMC fold. While working for the organization in New York, these young adults applied their leadership and decision-making skills toward supporting AMC’s mission and served as role models for the next generation of outdoor stewards. “Through the Outdoor Leadership…

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The ambitious effort to create the East Coast Greenway (ECG)—an uninterrupted network of bike paths, some preexisting and some newly constructed, from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Fla.—began in 1991. Today, the off-road portion is nearly one-third complete, with designated roads connecting the dots. These eight segments highlight the best of the ECG in AMC’s…

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With a new central office on the edge of Central Park, a beefed-up Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) including a well-stocked equipment room, and burgeoning partnerships with groups and agencies throughout New York City’s five boroughs, AMC is building its presence in the Big Apple. A new central office at the West Side YMCA is home…

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Winter can refresh your favorite hikes and entice you to new destinations. With snow covering the ground, the once familiar mountains and forests of summertime are transformed. Grab your snowshoes or skis and check out these easy winter hikes. Conners Nubble  |  Acadia National Park, Maine Like many of the peaks in Acadia, Conners Nubble’s…

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Outdoor summer fun can be as inexpensive as putting the kids in bathing suits and turning on the sprinklers. But if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, try exploring these free summer activities around the AMC region. Massachusetts In Massachusetts, the Highland Street Foundation has collaborated with cultural organizations around the state to…

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When hiking with kids, it’s always good to have a payoff to reward their effort, whether you’re offering a mountain view or a chocolate bar from your backpack—or maybe both. One of the best attractions to keep kids going on the trail is water, whether it’s burbling brooks, flowing waterfalls, or swimmable lakes. Here are…

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Join Ty Wivell as he demonstrates the basics of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) in this video. Wivell also describes the popular new sport, his own adventure stand-up paddleboarding on the Hudson River, terminology, and resources for getting started, in the AMC Outdoors feature story, “Manhattan Standing.”

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