March 24, 2022
New York: Central Park
New York City's Central Park is familiar to many people, even if they have never been to the City. It has been the location for many TV series and movies. To the locals, it is an escape away from the concrete and noise of Manhattan and to visitors, its lakes, bridges and hidden paths are a welcome change. We have been to Central Park on several occassions and have got to know it quite well, but on every visit we find something new to explore.
March 22, 2022
New York: The High Line
From 1934 to 1980 an elevated rail line, now called the High Line, connecting the rail yards of mid-town Manhattan to an industrial district along the lower West Side of Manhattan. Constructed 30 feet above the ground, it avoided dangerous street crossings and routed between 10th and 11th streets in its more northern sections the railway avoided association with the unpopular elevated sections of New York's subway system. Completed in September 2014, the third and final section loops around the Hudson Yards located between West 30th and West 34th Streets. The aerial greenway now measures 1.45 miles
March 17, 2022
New York: 9/11 Memorial & Museum
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum lay in the footprint of the twin towers of the World Trade Center that was attacked by terrorists deliberately flying aircraft into these buildings on September 11, 2001. Two additional aircraft were hijacked, one crashing into the Pentagon and the second brought down in a field by the brave efforts of the passengers on board. In total, nearly 3000 people lost their lives. The memorial and museum provide a place to contemplate and document what happened on that tragic day in 2001.
March 11, 2022
New York: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
"The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924.
March 11, 2022
New York: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The New York Museum of Art was established in 1929 with an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing. Today, the collection has grown to approximately 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, media and performance artworks; including works from the greatest contemporary artists, including Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Dalí, Warhol, Hockney and Pollock to name but a few.
March 8, 2022
New York: Lyndhurst
Lyndhurst Mansion sits on the Hudon River in Tarrytown just north of New York City. Set in stunning grounds it is one of the best examples of Gothic revival architecture in the United States. You can take tours of the mansion and its garden through most of the year and it is particularly beautiful dressed in seasonal decorations around the holiday period. It has always been one of our favourite historic houses to visit along the Hudson Valley.
March 3, 2022
New York: The New York Botanical Gardens
New York botanical gardens is an oasis in the city of skyscrapers and brownstone tenements. Whatever time of year you go you're in for a real treat - even in the dead of winter. There are regular events that run through the year including some special exhibitions of art installations set throughout the gardens.
March 1, 2022
New York: The Bronx Zoo
The Bronx Zoo was a favourite family haunt for us when we lived in New York, so when we decided to revisit without our kids who have long grown up and left home we were not sure what we'd feel about this place - but we loved it still - and enjoyed revisiting the parts of the zoo we hung out in most.
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