Monday, June 25, 2012

New Yorkers touring New York

If my so-called memory serves me correctly, I've now lived in New York City, in various boroughs, for roughly 39 years, give or take a few months, yet there are still places in NYC that I've never seen.  I've been trying to remedy that.  In May 2011, my husband and I went to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.  Here's a sample from their greenhouse, er, Conservatory:

Yesterday, we decided to try a much-newer part of the city, the new park along the East River in the Long Island City section of the borough of Queens.   It turns out that not only is this a state park, Gantry Plaza State Park, but, as delightful as it is now, it's undergoing expansion at both ends and will be even nicer when the construction is completed.  Already, though, there's quite a view, or perhaps I should say views.  Not only did we get fabulous views of the Manhattan skyline in front of us and the new neighborhood of upscale apartment buildings behind us, but we also got close-ups of some gantries,

some plain trees :),

and this hard-to-miss Pepsi sign (click on the photo to get a better sense of scale),

a reminder that Long Island City has always been a mixed-use area, with homes, businesses, and light-industrial sites frequently located on the same streets.

I just like this shot:

Below is a photo of the 59th Street/Queensborough Bridge, which was recently renamed the Ed Koch Bridge after a former mayor.  It's one of the bridges that connects Manhattan to Queens.  If you'll please put on your magnifying glasses (or click twice on the photo below) and look past the pier on which I'm standing, the pier in front of the bridge, and the bridge, you'll see what appear to be old low-rise structures undergoing gut renovation (definition, though I'm not sure that the hurricane information applies in NYC) in Manhattan on the waterfront.  If anyone knows anything about these buildings, please let me know.  I'm curious.

Future candidates under consideration for our intra-city visits:

Recommended for architecture buffs:  High Line Park, another new-to-us place, which we visited this past Mother's Day.  (Feel free to click once or twice on any of the photos above or below, especially the next one, for a closer look.)  What a treat!  But oy, my feet!

The views from roughly third-floor height can be neat,

And the angles are something one certainly doesn't see from the street.

Being tourists in our own town is hard to beat!


Anonymous Woodrow/Conservadox said...

My most recent trips:
1) the Ohel (Lubavitcher Rebbe's tomb in S. Queens)
2) Grand Concourse
3) Great Neck

Next few I'd like to do:
1) Levittown
2) Inwood Hill Park

Tue Jun 26, 10:32:00 PM 2012  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Woodrow, e-mail me--maybe you and my husband and I can go to Inwood Hill Park together some Sunday (other than a fast day) this summer.

Wed Jun 27, 09:57:00 AM 2012  

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