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Saturday, October 24, 2020

The NYC Traveler in NYC: New York Botanical Garden

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The NYC Traveler in NYC:
The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY

Staycation: Things to Know



1. Older than the official City of New York (consolidated in 1898), The New York Botanical Garden is a National Historical Landmark and several of its buildings are New York City Landmarks. Aside from the magnificent 250 acres of flora, it also houses the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a greenhouse and the LuEstherT. Mertz Library.

The Haupt Conservatory


2. The garden tried to be free for a long time but suffered from serious neglect due to lack of finances. It literally took from the 1950's to 1994 for the garden to recover financially and then, physically. So, admission is charged

Mertz Library



3. The site of thousands of school trips, as well a a major tourist attraction, the garden is large enough to have trams to chauffeur you around, but that is subject to safety and security concerns. However, you can get a map to help you navigate and there will be signs to guide you. The website has an interactive map so that you can get acquainted with the layout.




4. For as long as you are there, you will actually forget that you are in the largest metropolitan area in the world. Lose yourself in places like the Thain Family Forest on several trails. Your inner self will thank you.



Hiking through the Garden


5. Locals might want to consider a membership, especially during times when reservations are limited. And, since the garden is open year round, it is a perfect place the see the four seasons in all their glory.


6. Another reason to consider a membership is the exhibits that are on display for limited times. 

2012's replica of Monet's Gardens

2018: Georgia O'Keefe exhibit



7. If you can tear yourself away, the Bronx Zoo is literally next door, down Southern Boulevard. Both attractions are certainly full day events, but you can try to see them on one day. Good luck!

Turtle at the Garden



8. Although the Bronx is notoriously difficult to navigate to those not from that borough, the garden is one of the easiest places to get to: Metro-North from Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal will get you directly across the street from the Moshulu Entrance. Just make sure you exit the same way for the return trip.


Metro North



9. There are plenty of amenities (subject to safety and security concerns): cafes, restrooms and a gift shop with gardening souvenirs since you will come back inspired after your tour. 


10. Check the website often for special events. A fun one is the annual Holiday Train Show featuring landscapes of NY landmarks built from natural materials.




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Friday, October 16, 2020

The NYC Traveler in NYC: Intro to the HIgh Line

New York City's The High Line:

Things to know


                         View of the High Line Park (bottom) from the street

The High Line: a narrated walk (full show)

Intro to the High Line video

The High Line is an elevated park in Manhattan built from an old rail line. Opened in 1933, the West Side Elevated Line transported goods up above to keep the pedestrians down below safe on the street. By the 1980's, trucking became preferred method to transport meat, produce and other goods in and around the Meat Packing District. As far back as 1983, residents called for some sort of repurposed use and by 2014, the first section of the park was opened. 



1. The park's main entrances are near the Whitney Museum of Art, at Gansevoort and Washington Streets and near the Hudson Yards (West 34th Street, close to 11th Avenue). You can enter and exit the almost 1.5 mile (@2.4 km) stretch at various streets along 10th Avenue (unless there are safety and security concerns). Check the website for all current information.




2. The park passes by residents and office buildings and sometime through them. Underneath, there are many restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and other businesses that make the area a great place to spend the day.



3. Along the path, you'll get a taste of the arts: the Plinth art space, for commissioned art; the rotating video art program on the Channel; performances; other commissioned art along the path.



4. The gardens are maintained year long, reflecting the four seasons of New York: trees, grasses, flowers and other plants.


5. Sunbathe in the popular Diller-Von Furstenberg Sundeck and Water Feature, sporting a foot fountain to cool your toes.



6. It is a park, so there plenty of places to sit and relax: the 10th Ave Square near 17th Street and  a grassy area hang out in near 23 Street along with many benches throughout the park.



7. At the Interim Walk, as you curve from 10th Avenue toward 11th Avenue, you'll see the magnificent Hudson River to the west, the new Hudson Yards shopping and entertainment complex to the east and the real Hudson Yards, where Long Island Railroad cars rest up.



Hudson Yards, the Vessel in the background


8. In between, there are many vendors if you're hungry or thirsty, including a couple of sit down eateries. They may be closed periodically due to weather, and safety and health concerns.




9. A curious observation is the residential buildings you'll pass. Some embrace the High Line and the visitors who will pass through their backyard. There will be murals, sculptures, posters and other decor.

                                                      

10. Note that when it is fully opened, the High Line can get very crowded. Going early or just before dusk might be better.


At either end, you will find more to do: the Meat Packing District and the Whitney Museum of Art at Gansevoort Street or Hudson Yards at West 34th Street. Happy Travels!


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Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine. View our video.

Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island. View our video.

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Disclaimer: MC Enterprises is not giving exercise nor health advice. Hike Cliff Walk at your own discretion. See a doctor if you are cautious about strenuous exercise. Make sure you know the weather forecast before you head out.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The NYC Traveler in Maine: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine


The NYC Traveler in Maine:
Stroll, Hike, Run: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine

Sunrise, Marginal Way, Ogunquit, ME, USA


                             For a virtual stroll, view our You Tube Video


We profiled the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island in a previous article. Now, take another walk with us as we explore one of our favorite places to be when you travel to New England: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine. Things to know:

1. The walk was donated by Josiah Chase in 1925 and now maintained by Marginal Way Committee and the Marginal Way Preservation Fund.




2. The footpath literally overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Although it is not a strenuous walk, there are places just begging you to sit and enjoy nature. The view is always different because the weather is always changing. A well-kept secret is the fabulous waves for surfers and paddle boarders. You'll see athletes and boats as you sit and enjoy the view.



3. There are spots to climb down on the rocks or to take the stairs down to the water's edge. However, it can be dangerous in certain spots. Children should not venture onto the rock areas; those with walking concerns should remain on the paved path as should those in wheelchairs or strollers. In wet weather, climbing down on the rocks or down the stairs to the beach is not advised at all.


4. The path is about a mile and ¼ (a little over 2km). It begins and ends at your choice:  Obeds Lane and Shore Road in Ogunquit or the artsy Perkins Cove area. It is a great run or walk in the morning for exercise. To return, you have your choice of doubling back, walking along Shore Road or to take the trolley back, for a small fee (seasonal). Beware: traffic along Shore Road is almost unbearable in the summer and walking will often be faster than the trolley. 




5. As with all nature areas, there are signs asking you to leave nature as it is so that we can all come back and enjoy it again and again. 




So, take time to relax your mind and take a stroll (or two, or three, year after year) on the Marginal Way, in beautiful Ogunquit Maine.

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Marginal Way virtual stroll, view our You Tube Video





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This review is my personal opinion. I have Booking links. I am an Amazon Associate.

Disclaimer: MC Enterprises is not giving exercise nor health advice. Hike Cliff Walk at your own discretion. See a doctor if you are cautious about strenuous exercise. Make sure you know the weather forecast before you head out.




Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The NYC Traveler in Rhode Island: Cliff Walk, Newport


The NYC Traveler in Rhode Island:

Stroll, Hike or Both? Your Choice

on Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island

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It's billed in all of the tourist brochures as one of the top attractions in Newport. And after hiking the trail, it's easy to see why. But of course, Newport has much more to offer than a cliff! So, here are the top ten things to know before you go:

1. The trail 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long (if you choose to do the whole thing).





2. The trail starts and ends near two beaches: Easton, at Eustis Avenue and Memorial Boulevard; and Bailey's, Bellevue and Ocean Avenues.


Easton Beach


3. It is strongly urged to wear real walking shoes if you plan to hike the entire trail. Anything else would be extremely dangerous. Also, there is one rest room area along the trail. Bring water. It is a carry in, carry out park.

Scan the QR codes along the way for a self-guided tour.


4. Much of the trail has guard rails but there are a few spots where the edge drops off dramatically, sometimes with a bush blocking the spot.




Related: Ogunquit Marginal Way: article, video

5. At Narrangasett Avenue, are the 40 steps. You can count them if you want, but there are 40! That's 80 round trip. Good photo spot. Also, good exercise!




6. The pavement portion begins at the Easton Beach area. It ends more or less at the Marine Avenue access point (Belmont Beach), roughly 2 miles. You will see beautiful views of nature and the mansions, including the Breakers, so if you ending your walk here, you will have seen a nice part. Keep this in mind if you're jogging the trail.

Salve Regina University


7. After this point, the trail alters between pavement, rocks and loose gravel until the end, another beach. There are at least 3 access points in the popular spots and one in the middle of the rocky area (Ledge Road). 




8. In addition to the rough terrain, beware that you will look down at the ocean (very scenic) but you might think it is high.




9. There are museums in mansions, a university and private residences long the way. You are literally hiking a public trail through private land. At least one house has a no photo sign posted. 

The Breakers


10. To get back to town, you could hike down Bellevue Avenue when you reach Bailey's Beach and see the front of all those mansions you passed by or take the trolley back to the center of town. 

Cliff Walk Slideshow


PS: we left out some of the sights out on purpose so that you can be surprised! 

For more information, visit their website: Cliff Walk

Related Articles and Videos:

Marginal Way virtual stroll, view our You Tube Video



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Disclaimer: MC Enterprises is not giving exercise nor health advice. Hike Cliff Walk at your own discretion. See a doctor if you are cautious about strenuous exercise. Make sure you know the weather forecast before you head out.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

NYC Traveler in NYC: Wave Hill, Bronx

 The NYC Traveler in NYC: 

Wave Hill, the Bronx

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Become Inspired by the Gardens:

Grow Your Own Indoors


Wave Hill, in the Bronx
Your own private retreat

Hudson River view

1. Located in the Hudson Hill section in Riverdale, in the Bronx, you will soon realize why that section is called Hudson Hill. Beautiful views of the Hudson River await you.

Wave Hill House

2. The mansion, Wave Hill House, was built in 1843, with a series of owners and occupants, including Mark Twain, who leased it in 1901. The house burned down and was rebuilt in 1927. The 1960's owners deeded it to NYC and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Glyndor Gallery

3. In addition to the mansion, there is Glyndor Gallery, another house on the property that normally holds exhibits and other events.


4. The focus is the gardens: outdoor settings, greenhouses and the grounds themselves, where you are free to sit, read, stroll and use it as your private retreat.


5. You can also take a couple of short hikes on the trails that circle the property: identify trees, do some bird watching and get a little exercise.




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Marginal Way virtual stroll, view our You Tube Video




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