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« on: June 10, 2011, 04:27 PM »

So I should be getting my first kite by next week. I was wondering if anyone can show me the basics and start me off. I live in the nyc area so I can meet anywhere from brooklyn to midtown manhattan. thanks
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2011, 10:14 PM »

Hey jaylin,

I don't have the time off to get together right now, but; I will tell you that the easiest thing for you to do is head out to one of the beaches if you can. That's where the good wind is. You are not going to find very good conditions anywhere in Midtown or anywhere else in NYC besides the shore.

Having said that, I used to fly off the baseball diamond down on the Hudson in Riverside Park at 72nd Street when I was starting out. It's tight but it can be done. Best to head for Coney Island or one of the other Atlantic beaches if you can.

There used to be a guy on the forum who flew out at Coney who's name escapes me at the moment. Maybe he will chime in or some of the others in the area. Jones Beach is another spot where you might run into some folks.

Liberty State Park behind the Statue of Liberty is a local focal point for flyers, although there aren't as many get togethers there these days as there once were.

There will be a competion out there in a couple of weeks if you wanted to have a look at that.

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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2011, 11:19 PM »

Thanks for the advice JimB. I was actually thinking of somewhere like central park for manhattan. I thought about coney island but it's too crowded and is flying kites at beaches allowed? I would like to go to all these places but I don't have a car lol. Embarrassed
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2011, 08:05 AM »

Central Park is one of the worst places to fly, as well as not being allowed on any of the larger enclosed fields. The winds are horrible in any case.

You can fly on any open field in the NYC parks system, although people will sometimes tell you otherwise, and there are some places that are posted to that effect.

I mentioned Coney Island mainly because it is easily accessible by subway, is really huge, and has excellent wind. I don't believe it is posted, but you would want to stay well away from other beach goers. Rangers will sometimes tell you flying is not allowed, but they are basically making that up. If you are polite, know the policy and mention someone you talked to down at HQ, look like you have a clue, and are being conscientious, they will often reverse themselves.

Similarly police will often scope you out, but if you have it together, they will move on to other things.

I've flown for Years on Manhattan. You need to become familiar with what areas have good winds from which direction as most will only be flyable with the wind out a very specific place.

Inwood Hill Park on the S side is flyable with a N or NW wind and that is where I flew for Years, but then I only have Monday off. It is much too crowded on Weekends to be feasible.

Anyway, I hope we can fly together at some point and that others will speak up and lend you a hand getting started.

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