A recipe for a nice weekend afternoon when you need to get out in the fresh air. Belmont Lake State Park is only about an hour drive from the city. It's not too large, and offers duck and geese watching, little exercise posts and (in nicer weather) they have tons of picnic tables, bbq pits, and boat rentals. The snow was still quite deep when we went so the place was very quiet and a little ominous. During winter months it seems only dog walkers and teenagers politely getting stoned in the bathroom wishing Jim a happy St. Patrick's Day visit the park.
Once you've had a nice jaunt around the lake and trees, head south to the town of Lindenhurst and eat at the Southside Fish and Clam. Just look out for a giant shark atop a long brick building. Order a dozen oysters for only 11 dollars and watch them get shucked right before your eyes. I would avoid the overly sweetened lobster roll and stick to the steamed lobster if oysters alone don't quite sate your hunger. The establishment has been there since 1934 and seems to be busy day in and day out.