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8 photos you won't believe were taken in NYC

8 photos you won't believe were taken in NYC

Hidden among the concrete are beautiful refuges for both people and animals. Welcome to the other side of New York City. #OutdoorNYC

 This is the photo that initially inspired this post. Is this New Hampshire? Maine? Nope, this is Staten Island. Thanks to  NYC Parks  for this photo.

This is the photo that initially inspired this post. Is this New Hampshire? Maine? Nope, this is Staten Island. Thanks to NYC Parks for this photo.

 Hunter Island in Pelham Bay. Highlighted by  Backpacker Magazine  for it's hiking. 

Hunter Island in Pelham Bay. Highlighted by Backpacker Magazine for it's hiking. 

 Surfer in the Rockaways of Queens. Originally profiled by the  NY Times .

Surfer in the Rockaways of Queens. Originally profiled by the NY Times.

 Foggy Staten Island trails via  Flickr .

Foggy Staten Island trails via Flickr.

 This photo was taken less than a month ago in Fort Tryon park by blogger  Sunny Side Up

This photo was taken less than a month ago in Fort Tryon park by blogger Sunny Side Up

 Why go to Alaska to see seals? NY Harbor shot higlighted on  Nature on the Edge NYC

Why go to Alaska to see seals? NY Harbor shot higlighted on Nature on the Edge NYC

 Paddling on the Bronx River by the  Bronx River Alliance 

Paddling on the Bronx River by the Bronx River Alliance 

 And finally, in honor of the one snowfall of the year, a beautiful photo of cross country ski tracks in Central Park. By Harlem resident  Joe S .

And finally, in honor of the one snowfall of the year, a beautiful photo of cross country ski tracks in Central Park. By Harlem resident Joe S.

April Events You Don't Want to Miss

April Events You Don't Want to Miss

Events in NYC: 4/8–4/14

Events in NYC: 4/8–4/14