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Where To Go Sledding in NYC After the Snowstorm

By  Ben Fractenberg Julia Bottles and Dartunorro Clark | February 9, 2017 4:34pm | Updated on March 14, 2017 2:07pm

 Teens sled down hills in Brookyn's Fort Greene Park.
Teens sled down hills in Brookyn's Fort Greene Park.
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NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation/Daniel Avila

Get ready to drag out your sled and make the most out of this icy, slushy storm.

While the city didn't get the 20 inches of snow previously forecast, we did get some inches — as well as icy sleet.

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The Parks Department issued a request for New Yorkers to stay out of city parks due to "high winds and low visibility" during the storm.

But not all New Yorkers were heeding the warning.

Gaurav Patel, 40, and his wife brought their two sons, Kieran, 6, and Roane, 3, out to Morningside Park to sled down its snowy hills because he said the snowstorm did not live up to the hype.

“They love sledding,” Patel said, “and this possibly is the last chance to go sledding and this hill is perfect.”  

He was surprised there were only a few people in the park, because “usually this place is packed” on snow days, he said.

If you want to start planning your sledding adventure, DNAinfo New York's rounded up the best spots in the five boroughs:

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 for sledding fun.

► Doughboy Park

The hills at this Woodside park are popular after most snowfall. Enter at the corner of 56th Street and Woodside Avenue, or on Woodside Avenue and 55th Street. 

THE BRONX

► Crotona Park

There is a nice slope behind the ball field 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.