Thomas Jefferson ParkWHERE: 2180 1st Ave., Manhattan
HOURS:Dawn till dusk
BBQ AREA: 1st Ave. between East 111th and 114th Sts.
If you're thinking of using this 4th of July weekend as a staycation, we'd like to direct your attention to Thomas Jefferson Park. Though small, the park is full of potential activities, chief among them, swimming. Pretend you're barbecuing on the beach. If it helps, dangle one foot in the pool while cooking. Actually, that's a terrible idea. Don't do that.