My daughter and I visited with my mother in New York this weekend and it was blazing hot. Nevertheless, we spent a lot of time outdoors at Bryant Park, Summer Streets, an Upper West Side street fair, and inevitably at playgrounds in Central Park. Here are some of my more arty photos from the weekend.
It was supposed to rain on Memorial Day, so we were heading to a museum. Walking through Central Park, we noticed the sun was shining, and we just decided to stay. It helped that this northeastern part of the park surrounds the beautiful Harlem Meer and has two excellent playgrounds and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. The kids had fun on the playgrounds and borrowing discovery kits with two sets of binoculars. There were lots of fish in the Meer, my friend says they’re deadly. We also learned about the area’s geological history and how it was fortified for the War of 1812.
A highlight of any visit to New York is to stroll across the famed suspension bridge to Brooklyn. I did this for the first time as a child over 30 years ago when the bridge was mobbed with people heading to an Irish festival in Brooklyn. I’ve been back a half-dozen times since and generally it’s been serene. But on this occasion, the first time for my son, it was as crowded as my first time even though there seemed to be no special event.
I spent the first week of September with my 5 y.o. son Peter and my mother (later joined by my wife and daughter for the last weekend). Three generations of family explored the City which has rich family history. My mother grew up in the Bronx and I grew up in the Connecticut suburbs and now we got to share a lot of our favorite places with Peter. But there were also new discoveries. Through Airbnb, we stayed in an apartment in Inwood, the neighborhood at the very northern tip of Manhattan. Inwood is vibrant and friendly with a great park and easy connections to the rest of the city on the 1 and A trains.
- Day 1 – We visited the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, ate lunch at a deli in Brooklyn Heights, played on the spectacular playground on Brooklyn Bridge Parks’s Pier 6, and then sailed up the East River on a ferry to Midtown.
- Day 2 – Went to the the Bronx Zoo. We stayed all day.
- Day 3 – Walked along the Hudson River to visit the Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge. Read the book and attracted a crowd of toddlers. Spent the rest of the day at Central Park where we: ate ice cream, ate hot dogs, played on the swings, took a nap, played catch, rode the carousel, and sailed a model boat on the Conservatory Water (Peter got very good at controlling the wind powered boat).
- Day 4 – Visited the USS Intrepid Sea/Air/Space Museum, the highlight of which was getting up close and personal with the space shuttle Enterprise.
- Day 5 – Ate brunch at Kitchenette Uptown in Morningside Heights, took Peter to Yankee Stadium to see the Red Sox play the Yankees (Red Sox won), and ate supper at the wonderful dog-themed pub Fred’s.
I’ve made a web album of my favorite photos from the trip, in addition to the ones featured in this post.