Inwood Hill Park path. Credit: Rachel Figueroa-Levin
While not as vast as its famed sibling Central Park, this 196-acre jewel boasts the last remaining bit of virgin forest in the borough, and some of the most stunning views in town. It was also the site of one of the most legendary transactions in real estate history: here, Peter Minuit bought Manhattan from the Lenape Indians for trinkets and beads worth about $25 at today's prices. The Inwood trail is paved, and the uphill portions are relatively steep, but short. All you'll need is a sturdy pair of walking shoes, not Everest-calibre kit. And bring binoculars: you may spot a bald eagle.