Growing up in the suburbs you develop a very keen sense of recreational space. It's a given. So much so that "recreational space" is the last thing you think of when you see a large field. You simply think, "soccer, baseball, lacrosse, golf, picnic, bbq, outing, field day, football". In Brooklyn, you have to actively search out these spaces, then decide if it's worth it to share that space with other parties, sometimes many.
That's why it's so noticeable when you feel unencumbered and free to roam and play in a park space in Brooklyn, or anywhere in New York City. Brooklyn Bridge Park has begun to give me that suburban space feel, however. Even though it's long and thin, it's massive. Is has beach volleyball courts, a small water park, swings and slides, a couple of large lacrosse/soccer fields, running and biking tracks, 2 ferry stops and brand new picnic benches with bbq grills - all overlooking one of the most dramatic urban backdrops in the world. When a group of little girls and boys can sing happy birthday and eat cake and laugh hysterically, it seals the deal.