Pass the Deep Woods-Off! Rog the Armchair Athlete tipped us off to an awesome experience, if you're into sleeping bags, starry skies, and NYC parks: The Parks Department's Under the Stars campout on June 24. There will be "night hikes, s'more making, campfire games and wildlife searches" in one park in each borough. The participating parks are Orchard Beach in the Bronx, Marine Park in Brooklyn, Alley Pond Park in Queens, Wolf's Pond Park in Staten Island, and the Great Hill in Central Park! Has anyone gone before? We'd imagine there's a big police/parks department presence. That and a big Porta potty presence.
Rog suggests you sign up fast if you want to camp out in Central Park, as those places go quick. Here's the sign-up sheet - this might be the next best option until the Bronx Zoo lets adults sleep over. And Backpacker magazine is sponsoring a big NYC Adventures event in city parks (including Central Park) on June 17 - rock climbing, BMX exhibition, backcountry cooking and more.