Monday, November 9, 2020

The NYC Traveler in NYC: 5 + 5 More Places Locals Visit

 The NYC Traveler in NYC: 

5 More Places NYC Locals Visit (Part 2) 

(and 5 more bonus places)


Since the name of this blog is the NYC Traveler, you may be curious about what the NYC Traveler does when I'm in NYC, my hometown. Below you will find my picks for visiting New York City (and some of the surrounding areas). If you are a NYC metropolitan area resident, you might find some areas to visit for the first time or worth a re-visit. Keep checking!




Other articles: 
5 Places NYC Locals Visit (you may or may not agree!)
Governors Island
Jamaica, Queens
Coney Island

The Series


1. Central Park, above East 79th Street and West 81st Street. Enter at West 86th Street and Central Park West or East 86th Street and Fifth Avenue and enjoy less crowds. Highlights include the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, The Pool, The Loch, The North Meadow, The Ravine, The Woods, Harlem Meer and Great Hill.


Glen Span Arch, near The Pool, enter near West 100th and Central Park West

2. Walk through Harlem, without a tourist guide. An app or a guidebook is just as good and you will develop your sense of adventure. Suggestion: Start at West 125th Street and 7th Avenue (also known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd), and make your way downtown, ending at Central Park at 110th Street. Don't just stay on one boulevard.

The famous Apollo Theater,
253 West 125th Street,
between Adam Clayton Powell (7th Ave) and Frederick Douglass (8th Ave) Boulevards

3. Go from Queens to Manhattan (or vice versa) via the scenic route, walking or by bicycle. Start at Vernon Avenue and 36th Avenue, in Queens. Explore Roosevelt Island (don't forget Lighthouse Park at the north end). When you're ready, take either the Roosevelt Island Tram or F train to continue your journey into Manhattan. An alternative route is to walk, ride or jog over the Ed Koch (Queensboro/59th Street) Bridge at Queens Plaza and Jackson Avenue. A good way to get a workout. See our other cycling routes.


The Edward I. Koch Bridge, linking Queens and Manhattan

4. Do the same thing with Brooklyn. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan and explore the DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) area, a really cool place to be.

Brooklyn (and the Bridge), as seen from Manhattan


5. Hit up da Bronx: the only NYC Borough on the mainland of the USA, the Bronx is more than the Yankees, the Zoo and the NY Botanical Garden. Van Cortlandt Park and Pelham Bay Park are awesome and will challenge you, whether you are walking or riding a bike. Indeed, many of streets of the Bronx will challenge you with inclines and slopes that will guarantee an appetite. Check out City Island for seafood (and more) or the famous Arthur Avenue (between East 184th and East 188th in the Belmont section). 

Take the bridge from Pelham Bay Park to visit City Island (off I-95)


6. Bryant Park, Manhattan: The square block of East and West 42 Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues. It's a neighborhood park (outdoor film showings); a holiday village Christmastime (complete with tree, vendors and ice skating rink) and a just a great place to take a break on the lawn. Check it out. 



7. The Battery: The Battery is at the very southern tip of Manhattan Island, from State Street and Peter Minuit Plaza (yes, the guy who bought Manhattan from the Native Americans) to Battery Place and Little W Street. State Street becomes Battery Place. In between, enjoy awesome views of Brooklyn, Staten Island, New Jersey and, of course, the Statue of Liberty. Explore Clinton Castle, east from street vendors, ride a carousel or just sit and enjoy the many monuments.


8. Riverside Park: Ride, walk, stroll, jog 4 miles with vast views of the Hudson River and the ever changing New Jersey skyline. Enter or leave between West 72nd Street and West 129 Street. The fun doesn't end at either end of the park, it just changes names: uptown it's Riverbank State Park and downtown it is Hudson River Park before looping around to the Battery.


The Hudson River

9. Along with the Queens Museum, enjoy NYC's Hollywood side at the Museum of the Moving Image or the MOMA's PS 1. When the MOMA was being renovated years ago, they moved part of the collection to an old school building in Queens. It never closed. 


10. Shirley Chisholm State Park, Brooklyn has an interesting history. Created out of a landfill, which had the unfortunate nickname of Mount Garbage, the result is a great park for families. It's small enough to take the kids out with bikes and to hike to the top of the repurposed landfill for a view of the water. 




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