Most exciting three seconds in New York sports (2008)

Children's slide

In this new and almost hidden Battery Park City oasis waits an attraction inaptly labeled a children's slide. This skinny, shiny chute is an absolute rush—hung from a manufactured cliff and pointing damned near straight down. Plunge into the sandbox below if you dare, then make a dash for the urban waterfall. People under the age of five might choose to sit this out, though there isn't yet a sign warning off pregnant women and folks with heart conditions. You ask whether it really takes three seconds to descend. We don't know, and we're too busy racing back to the top to care. Bring the kids; bring a date; bring a book and stay all day. Teardrop Park was built to explore and to disappear in without losing your way.


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