Where to Go Sledding in New York City After the Big Storm

By Ben Fractenberg on January 3, 2014 6:49am | Updated on January 4, 2014 10:50am

NEW YORK CITY — An upshot of the snowstorm: abundant sledding.

With New York City schools closed and Mayor Bill de Blasio instructing residents to stay off the roads, DNAinfo New York has rounded up some spots for wintery recreation Friday and this weekend.

Brooklyn Heights resident Arianna Metrick said she was looking forward to the season's first sledding day. Her family's favorite snow spot is a dog park near the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

"There's a humongous hill," said Metrick, who hoped to take her kids Indigo, 7, and Yuma, 5, on an adventure.

Here's a list of spots where you can hit the slopes this weekend.

MANHATTAN

Central Park

Pilgrim Hill — which has a long, gently descending slope — is a popular option for many parents and kids. It's located just north of 72nd Street near Fifth Avenue. For a less crowded place, try Cedar Hill, between 76th and 79th streets near Fifth Avenue.

Riverside Park

There's a good sledding spot at Riverside Drive and 103rd Street. For the more daring, you can try your luck at "Suicide Park" at Riverside and 91st Street. Park workers put hay bales in front of trees along Riverside Park where people might sled.

St. Nicholas Park

A long, steep hill in the park divides Harlem from Morningside Heights. You can see the slope right from the entrance to the A/C station at 135th Street.

Inwood Hill Park

There is an expansive hill, and the nearby Indian Road Café has good hot chocolate and food. At Indian Road and West 215th Street.

BROOKLYN

Fort Greene Park

The park has four main hills, which makes it easier to find some untrammeled slopes. People also often make jumps, which may appeal to the more daring sledder. You can enter the park on Myrtle or DeKalb avenues.

Prospect Park

There is a good hill just inside the park at Ninth Street. You can also trek out to the hills at Neathermead field.

Sunset Park

There is a relatively steep hill in the park between 42nd and 43rd streets. The park also  has great views of the Statue of Liberty.

QUEENS

Crocheron Park

The bayside park has a good mix of easier and steeper hills. At 35th Avenue between Cross Island Parkway and 215th Street.

Forest Park

You'll find a nice hill at the Mary Whalen Playground at Park Lane South and 79th Street.

Astoria Park 

Enter at 19th Street and Shore Boulevard.

THE BRONX

Crotona Park

There is a nice slope behind the ballfield at Fulton Avenue and Crotona Park North.

Van Cortlandt Park

The large park offers a number of good hills. You can take the 1 train to 242nd Street or 4 train to Woodlawn to get there.

STATEN ISLAND

Clove Lakes Park

This is one of the more popular spots on the island. Head to Martling Avenue at Slosson Avenue.

Silver Lake Park
Enter at Forest Avenue and Victory Boulevard to find some good slopes.

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