RENT A ROWBOAT IN CENTRAL PARK.
Sure, the surrounding skyscrapers reach higher now than at the turn of the last century, and would-be rowers no longer have to maneuver frock coats and bustles into their boats. But the simple pleasures of piloting a cra around the lake (pictured) in Central Park remain much as they have for the century and a half that this attraction has been pulling New Yorkers out of their daily routines. The unsteady water is an equalizer: no one is in a hurry here (and much good it would do them if they were). Boaters ease their way from the docks onto the lake, making gentle apologies to their nearest neighbors for a lack of paddling prowess. Couples on dates, sunburned families, and daytripping co-workers dri lazily, inevitably together, drawn to the shade cast by the iron band of Bow Bridge. For an hour or two, time becomes a slippery thing, sliding and rippling like water over an oar.
>> Boat rentals $15 per hour;