We visited the park to rest and relax in the middle of our day. There were plenty of trees to command the much needed shade during the warm weather. There were a few places to buy drinks while we sat on the water. It is in the same area as the ferry which made for some crowded areas but there was room to walk in the other direction so it wasn't a problem. We had a great side view of the Statue of Liberty which was nice since we were limited on time this trip. The subway was at the end of one side of the park where you can take the R train back up the island. Very convenient.