One of the city's newer green spaces, Governors Island is the closest way to get far away from the hustle of NYC. A free seven-minute ferry ride delivers you great views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island. The island holds ample acreage for biking, picnicking, catching a weekend summer concert or a myriad selection of special events, or just wandering around the historic structures. Accessible from the Battery Maritime Building, the launch point of the ferry sits close to South Street Seaport and its shopping center. For another boating option, the Staten Island ferry—which leaves from a terminal adjacent to Governors Island's—makes for a perfect and perfectly free Statue of Liberty scope-out spot. Go at sunset and buy a beer on board for a little lo-fi magic.