Want to sleep under the stars-that-you-can't-see in New York City without worrying about coyotes or crime*? The Urban Park Rangers are back with their offer to camp for free in parks around the five boroughs, but you need to win their lottery in order to claim a spot.
The lottery to win spots to sleep in Central Park, Prospect Park, Fort Greene Park, Marine Park, and many more will start this week, with just 30 spots open for each experience. And you don't even need a tent: they provide "tents, MREs (meals ready to eat) s’mores and water." You should, however, come prepared with a sleeping bag, any additional food you want, your Blue Bottle cold brew coffee, mosquito spray, at least one jar of your favorite Brooklyn artisanal mayo, and your best ghost stories.
If you don't win, you can always pay 20 bucks to camp by Floyd Bennett Field, Sandy Hook and Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island—information on that can be found here.