Here comes round 2 of Summer in New York City! There's still so much to do and so much to see in this vibrant city that's becoming one of my most favorite in the world. There's just nothing like it!
Although it was more of a relaxing trip (after months and months of back-to-back projects at work), I still got to see my old favorite spots in NYC and new ones that I've added to my personal list. Here are the places I got to see this time around on days when I wasn't hanging out at home with our family cat, Raven.
Located at the edge of Greenwich Village, the Whitney Museum of American Art is the go to place in New York City for modern art from the 20th and 21st Century. You can enjoy displays of seminal, contemporary works of America's greatest artists, Georgia O’Keefe, Grant Wood, Thomas Harte Benton, etc.
I particularly love the high ceilings of this 7-story museum that it provided more than enough white space to highlight 15,000 art pieces ranging from paintings, drawings, sculptures, statues, architectural pieces and, in some cases, modern pieces that move in ways that I can't comprehend -- it's art and science coming together.
I stayed from 1:00 - 2:00 PM and I got to enjoy a relatively good-sized crowd enough to fill the space but not too crowded you don't get to enjoy the art pieces. It is not particularly as busy as the Met or MoMA either so if you love art but you hate being in a huge crowd and enjoy a guided tour, the Whitney is a great choice. Plus, the next NYC destination is just steps away, The High Line!
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM (winter) or 10:00 PM (spring & fall) or 11:00 PM (summer)
The High Line is a 2.3 km or 1.45 mile long old rail road from the Lower West side of Manhattan in the Meatpacking District to Hudson Yards. Inspired by a similar project in Paris, the High Line is another successful redevelopment of an old, obsolete structure -- from being abandoned in the 1950s to becoming a thriving tourist destination in New York City.
When I went, the summer weather was great and although it is quite a walk, you can rest, take a nap or sunbathe on the many benches along the way or stop at Chelsea Market on 15th Street for lunch or any of the areas where food and drinks are sold on the High Line itself.
Hudson Yards's newest attraction is the Vessel, which is conveniently located at the end of the High Line. So like I did, you can hit three (3) birds with one stone. This $150 million project is part of the Hudson Yards' redevelopment, which opened in March 2019. The "stairway to nowhere" is pretty much that so people are still split between liking it or finding it completely useless.
Nevertheless, the honeycomb-inspired structure that has "16 stories and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings for visitors to climb" is attention grabbing to say the least.
Bless my family. Even when they're tired from the work week, they always make sure to bring me around New York so I can see and enjoy more of it. On this lovely summer day, my sister, brother-in-law and I went around Brooklyn:
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk.
It's already August so most of the plants only had spent mid-summer blooms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. We still got to enjoy some beautiful foliage walking around the huge garden. I particularly loved walking under the weeping pagoda trees, but I'm sure coming here in the Spring and walking along two (2) huge rows of cherry blossom trees would be unbeatable. I can't wait to come here in the Spring.
The breeze was cool, sun was out and the boardwalk was buzzing with life with seagulls flying overhead and families and friends spending time with each other by the beach.
It would be my 2nd time to visit Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk. The first time was in late Autumn when Luna Park was still closed, but I got to enjoy some hot New England clam chowder on a bench with a lovely old couple for about an hour until I could no longer stand the cold. This time around, I underestimated the sun because I came home with sun-burnt shoulders. Nevertheless, the impromptu picnic by the beach was well worth it.
I would like to come back next time and try all the rides at Luna Park. I was with my sister and brother-in-law who were getting a bit tired from all the walking. It was great just sitting on the bench for a while, watching the kids get on and off the rides, and enjoying some ice cream.
Central Park will always be at the top of my list. It's perhaps one of the top three (3) things I envy about in New Yorkers. The other two (2) would be Broadway and their tenacity -- not necessarily in that order.
I didn't get to walk a lot this time around as I was wearing the wrong pair of shoes. I was on my way to see Tom Hiddleston's Broadway show, but in hindsight, I could've brought comfy shoes as well. Lesson learned, but I definitely have no regrets in coming here. Even when there's always a crowd of both tourists and locals all year round, you can always have a picnic, enjoy an activity or two or simply find a quiet place in Central Park especially in the Summer.
The Seaport District is perhaps the oldest part of New York City. This breezy area that's great for walking, dining, and a little bit of shopping has recently re-opened after it's been severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
One can visit the 911 Memorial and the Oculus and walk downhill on Fulton Street and come here. The walk is quick and easy and apart from the shops and restaurants, the view of the entire Brooklyn Bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan takes the top prize. It was so peaceful and I loved it.
I got to see some Broadway shows and Broadway in Bryant Park, which I will share next time. So watch this space.
I'm looking forward to vising New York City and my family in a different season especially in the Spring when I can finally see New York City in bloom. But Winter is next! Let's see how long I last in the cold.