9. Coney Island Boardwalk

Neighborhood: Coney Island
Address1000 Surf Ave

Coney Island's charms are markedly different in the winter, when shirtless tourists shoving hot dogs in their mouths give way to an isolated sense of peace only found during those few rare months when the attractions of the amusement park temporarily close. When it becomes beautifully abandoned, you and your woman can walk along the white-blanketed boardwalk and marvel at the momentarily immobile Cyclone and the waves crashing onto the snowy shore. 

Photo via Bruce Handy