Finally, finally, finally after this long tough winter and a spring that hasn’t been that great either, warm weather and Memorial Day weekend has arrived. If you favor optimism, you laid out your Memorial Day plans even though you are still unsure about how many days of sun we will actually have.
And, if you’re at all like me, you’ve already started to plan summer Fridays. At Symmetry we close the office early each Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There are all sorts of possible ways to spend the afternoon. Get a jump on the traffic (maybe!) and head out of town early. Run errands that have stayed on your “to do” list for weeks. Yuk! Here are a few ideas, you too might enjoy if you have that extra ½ day.
Whitney Museum of American Art Down Town – I think the opening of the Whitney is the happening of the summer. A dynamic review by Michael Kimmelman in The New York Times provides a terrific interactive preview of the building and more. Here’s a link to the full review.
If you go please let us know what you think.
High Line –Once you leave the Whitney if you haven’t done so yet, you must walk the High Line. It has changed the landscape and sociability of the far west side. The breathtaking elevated park built on an abandoned railway track characterized by ingenious integration of lush landscaping, urban life, and Hudson River views. http://www.thehighline.org/visit/#/features
Union Square Green Market – Feast your eyes on an abundance of vegetables in colors you may not have imagined. Carrots in orange, yellow and purple, pyramid shaped green and purple Roman Cauliflower, and gold beets stacked as high as red. Purchase farm fresh produce, fish, flowers and more at Union Square Green Market or any of the 54 colorful outdoor farm to table markets in NYC. The country’s largest and most diverse outdoor urban farmers’ market network, represents over 230 family farms and fishermen and over 30,000 acres of farmland protected from development. Follow this link for a list of markets located throughout the New York Metro area.
Jefferson Market Garden – This less well known, almost secret, garden gem offers cool shade from lush trees and shadows of the Jefferson Market Library. Both the garden and ornate Victorian Gothic library building are windows into a rich and varied history of this small piece of land preserved for posterity by community activism.
Hudson River Park – A favorite summer exercise excursion is to ride a Citi Bike down the Hudson River Park Greenway past people and animals enjoying pleasures of the park. Pick a spot to sit for a while such as the boat basin, tennis courts, or an outdoor café. Perhaps, you’ll become of the energetic enthusiasts on a skate board, the jogging path, or on the water in a kayak, row boat, sail boat, Jet Ski or yacht. The park does seem to have something for everyone.
I know I am a Manhattan devotee, all the way, but I’ve used my passport to travel to the boroughs for some experiences well worth the time.
Brooklyn Heights – Stroll on the Promenade in Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhood. The Height’s rich history ranges from George Washington’s encounter with the British through the 1800’s boom when brought New York’s wealthiest investors settled there to the beautiful contemporary promenade with views of the Manhattan skyline.
DUMBO – Down Under The Brooklyn Bridge you’ll find a classic, refurbished Merry Go Round, known as Jane’s Carousel, a beautiful reminder of the days when 48 exquisitely carved horses and two chariots fueled evenings filled with fun and fantasy.
Louis Armstrong House Museum – Yes, Satchmo lived in Astoria Queens from 1943 until his death in 1971. There is a 45 minute audio tour that will give you insight into the tranquil life he sought to live.
Bronx Botanical Garden – I love to visit this array of gardens filled with sights, scents, and seasonal changes spread across 250 acres formally known as The New York Botanical Garden.
Staten Island Yankees – Take the ferry from lower Manhattan and get tickets to see the Staten Island Yankees. It’s a small and intimate park with views of the water, the NYC skyline and the Verrazano Bridge. (If you are in right field you can almost bring your fishing pole and kill 2 birds with one stone) http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t586
Do you have any other favorite spots in and around the city? Please share them!
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