The Best Sledding in Manhattan
We’re just a few short weeks into the new year and we’ve already had one blizzard, large enough it caused even New York City Public Schools to shut down (and that basically never happens!) The chances are high that we’ll be experiencing at least a few more white wintery mixes in the next few months, so we wanted to equip you with all the information you need to take advantage of enjoying those days outside. While NYC may not be known first and foremost as being a nature trove, it does have its fair share of hills perfect for sledding, and within an easy walk from your Glenwood home. We’ve rounded up favorites below!
For Riverdale Residents
Inwood Hill Park
If you live in Glenwood’s Briar Hill building in Riverdale, grab an Uber or hop on the BX007 bus and ride a few quick stops until you reach Inwood, where you’ll be privy to what is arguably the best sledding hill in all of Manhattan. Inwood Hill Park not only has the perfect hill, but the park is spacious, and not nearly as crowded as parks you’ll find more downtown. Uptown living has its perks, Riverdalers!
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For Upper West Siders
Riverside Park on the Westside of Manhattan is home to many hills perfect for sledding. While these don’t have specific names, you’ll find they’re easy to locate because of their numbers on the grid, corresponding with street numbers (great to know for residents of The Grand Tier!) Starting at the southernmost point, check out 91st Street, 103rd Street, or 105th Street. The latter is a hill for the daredevils in the group, as you’ll be sledding directly down towards the West Side Highway–but fear not–the area is blocked by hay bales. Still, you may want to keep the littlest sledders on 91st or 103rd just to be safe!
For Upper East Siders
You may remember we first mentioned Central Parks phenomenal sledding hills in the article 5 Snowy Day Activities. The first hill we’d direct you towards is Pilgrim Hill, which has the steepest slopes, and is perfect for adventurous sledders. The hill has grown in popularity over the years though, so go expecting a crowd or be proactive and get there early in the morning before the rest of the Upper East Siders do. This is a helpful tips for residents of The Andover! (Seriously, unless you have a dog or a toddler the park is basically empty before 9am!)
The easiest route to get there is by entering the park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue.
Another hill in Central Park perfect for sledding is Cedar Hill. We love this space because it has two areas: the lower portion, which is separated by a walkway, is great for the younger and beginning sledders. The hill from the top of the east drive down is ideal for the more adventuresome. This is a great spot for families to go who perhaps have children in different age groups–they can send the older ones to the top to have fun in the flurries, while tending to the younger ones on the lower side.
You can reach Cedar Hill by entering the park between 76th and 79th Streets at Fifth Avenue. Glenwood’s Upper East Side building, The Marlowe, is a quick walk away from both of these Central Park sledding locations!
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For Downtown Residents
Downtowners don’t have access to near as many hills as uptowners do. However, if you have a toddler, you’ll find the gentle slopes of Teardrop Park in Battery City Park to be perfect for them. Plus, if you’re a resident of Glenwood’s Barclay Tower, it’s close to home, which means less schlepping for you!
Helpful Sledding Tips
In need of a sled? You’ll be pleased to know Amazon has a wide selection for both kids and adults, with one day shipping available. Or, if you don’t want to be bothered with wondering where to store the sled in your apartment after the snowstorm is over, why not consider a roll-up sled or toboggan. Usually made of plastic, they roll up when not in use, and take up very little space.
If you need a place to warm up after all that sledding, there are so many great spots in NYC to grab a delicious cup of cocoa and a sweet treat. Here’s a list of our favorites!