The NYC Traveler in NYC: My NYC Picks

The NYC Traveler in NYC: My NYC Picks

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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!

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1. Central Park, above East 79th Street and West 81th 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. Check out Hallett Sanctuary on YouTube.

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

2. Walk through Harlem, without a guide. An app or a guidebook is just as good and you will develop your sense of adventure. Start at West 125th Street and 8th Avenue (also known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and Frederick Douglass Blvd), walk down 125th Street, get to Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (7th Avenue) and make your way downtown to West 110 Street and Central Park. 

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

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3. Go from Queens to Manhattan 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 instead. 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.

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