Mini Golf on a Pier? It Exists

Written By Phil Ryan | August 11, 2011
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One of the biggest perks of living in Manhattan is that it’s a dense, compact island. No journey anywhere is particularly long, and crossing the island from river to river can take as little as 20 minutes or so in Lower Manhattan. Yet at the same time, our vertical lifestyle means maximising every square foot of land, and as a result it becomes more difficult to enjoy, or find for that matter, some activities that might require a bit more space. If you have children, want to reclaim your inner child, or just want to feel like a professional without the stress, mini golf is a great way to spend a warm summer day. Unfortunately, it’s a pretty evasive catch in this active and at times crowded city. But fear not, it exists, and it’s surprisingly close to many New York city dwellers.

During the summer months, Pier 25 hosts a mini golf course that may be the only one in America with views of three different skylines -- Lower and Midtown Manhattan and Jersey City -- while on a river. An “extension” of North Moore Street in Tribeca, Pier 25, like many of its neighbors, was significantly rebuilt as part of New York City’s aggressive waterfront development program. Besides a mini golf course, Pier 25 also hosts a children’s playground, perfect for before or after a friendly game, and sports fields, a scarcity in Manhattan. So whether you want to be the Tiger Woods of colorful Manhattan putting greens (although he’s probably not the best of inspirations right now), relax with the kids, or have a mini World Cup, Pier 25 is the place to be for the rest of this blazing hot summer.

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