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New York City Staycation

Updated on December 4, 2012

Crossroads of the World Right Here In My Own Backyard

I haven't been able to afford a real vacation since 1996, and even that trip to Disney World wasn't all that. I had planned the trip of a lifetime to the happiest place in the world only to find the hotel I had booked my stay at was still under construction; there's nothing like having to dodge bulldozers when you're trying to relax.

Delmonico's Steakhouse Restaurant
photo © by Judy Ferony

Note to self: Never book a room at a hotel that is only showing artist's renderings at the time of booking the room. The experience soured me on spending lots of money to go abroad; and it started me on my trend to stay in my own state (for the most part) or there abouts. I live a few miles away from a city that people come to visit from all over the world.

Every year around my birthday I give myself permission to go into Manhattan and check out some museums, or go to a movie at the Ziegfeld (one of the few theaters that haven't been subdivided yet as far as I know), perhaps enjoy a ride on the carousel in Central Park and have dinner at a nice restaurant; maybe even all of the above.

A Trip To The Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo Entrance

© 2010 Judy Ferony

I'm lucky to have grown up in walking distance of the zoo; I live about a mile away from the Boston Road Entrance of The Bronx Zoo. This is one of the best zoological parks in the country. Did you know that the American Bison was brought back from the brink of extinction here at our facility?

May is one of my favorite times to go visit the zoo; you get to see all the babies that were born, a true sign that Spring has sprung. Other popular attractions at this time of the year are the Congo Gorilla Forest, The Butterfly Garden and (my personal favorite) The Children's Zoo. It's easy to get to The Bronx Zoo from Manhattan, you can take the no. 2 train or an express bus; they both stop right near the Boston Road entrance of the zoo. Go early, that's when the animals are most active (especially on a hot day).

The Natural History Museum

I just loved this museum growing up, and still do as an adult; they have many different permanent collections and other featured exhibits that run for a couple of months. I think they have one of the best Native American collections and don't miss the Planetarium. Currently there is an exhibit on Bio-luminescence called Creatures of Light and will run on through January 6, 2013. Journey to the Stars is the latest Space Show at the Hayden Planetarium and is always a crowd pleaser.

Gold
photo © by Judy Ferony


Natural History Museum

© 2012 Judy Ferony

These photos were taken a very long time ago when the museum use to let you take a tripod in with you; I don't think they let you do that anymore, you should check before you go (give them a call). Most children love this museum, the dinosaurs are a huge hit with them; as well as the giant whale.

The Bronx Botanical Garden

When you visit this botanical gardens in the Bronx (there's also one in Brooklyn) you wouldn't even know you're in the Bronx; it seems like you're in an English garden. The New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx currently has Monet's Garden (an exhibit running now through October 21, 2012) The Edible Garden and The Everett Children's Garden all popular exhibits that you might like. I like the gift shop (they have a lot of good books) and the eatery there (I thought the food was pretty good); and there is also a school where they offer many classes like botanical drawing, floral arrangement and many other topics of interest to those of us with a green thumb and/or an appreciation of nature.


Bronx Botanical Gardens

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Botanical Gardens Orchid Show

© 2012 Judy Ferony

Sights and Sounds Around the Town

  • Delacorte Clock in Central Park
  • Doo Wop Outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Shopping in Manhattan's Chinatown
  • 911 Memorial at the WTC
  • Take in a concert at Jones Beach or the Beacon Theater
  • Governors Island 1920's Picnic

Take A Ride on the Staten Island Ferry or a Visit to Governors Island

Some of the Best Things in Life Are Free

If you're a landlubber like myself, sometimes is nice just to take a ferry ride out on the harbor and see the Big Apple from a different perspective; on a hot day it's usually a little cooler out on the water and the price is right. The photo of the Staten Island Ferry was taken from Governors Island which is another free activity and ferry ride; this is another very historical and mysterious place that civilians weren't even allowed to go to till it was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in the late 1990's.

Staten Island Ferry Terminal
photo © by Judy Ferony



Governors Island is open every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Monday (Memorial Day and Labor Day) from May 26-September 30; it's CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4th.

*Governors Island is open from 10 AM to 7 PM on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day.


Staten Island Ferry

© 2012 Judy Ferony

Central Park, Washington Square Park or a Walk Along The Mighty Hudson

photo by Judy Ferony © 2012

These days you can pretty much walk or ride a bicycle around Manhattan unimpeded by vehicular traffic (for the most part); this holds true especially on the West Side. I use to love to roller-blade on the Hudson River Path, and now that the project is done there are restrooms, parks for children complete with sprinklers and activities, dog runs so our furry family members can join in on the fun, and bike paths as well as kiosks were you can rent bikes. You can even kayak on the Hudson River (there use to be a place where you can do it for free on the lower west side).


Central Park Model Boats

© 2012 Judy Ferony

Central Park Model Sail Boats can be rented or you may bring your own; I just like to sit and watch; all of our parks are a great place to people watch, and Central Park is also famous for bird-watching too. There are tours that are given on history, ecology and design of the park all done by dedicated volunteers. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux set the gold standard on designing public spaces, Central Park is an engineering feat like no other of it's time; everything was planned right down to the most minute details, you'd never know there was once a shanty town there. The only geological features that are original are the glacial rocks that show the striations of the directional movement of a glacier that formed this region whose ice reached over four times the height of the Empire State Building.


Central Park Glacial Rock © 2012 Judy Ferony



No we're not in Holland! This is one of many beds of tulips that you'll find throughout Central Park, there were so many different varieties it was a nature photographers dream.


Central Park Tulips © 2012 Judy Ferony

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Central Park Glacial Rock © 2012 Judy Ferony

I can spend days in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I especially like their Egyptian Collection. Where else can you find a whole temple built in 15 B.C. by the Roman Emperor Augustus, The Temple of Dendur was rescued from flooding that was to ensue in the building of the Aswan Dam; it was taken apart piece by piece and reassembled in a grand gallery inside the museum. Now how cool is that!?

Tomás Saraceno's Cloud City on the rooftop is the rage right now, it will be open till November 4, 2012 weather permitting.

Do What You Want!

Just make sure you take the time to smell the roses (or the tulips); life is short, and NYC is a meat-grinder that will eat you up and spit you out, if you let it.

DON'T LET IT!

Papaya King is a Fave of Mine - Have The Special

Natural History Museum © 2012 Judy Ferony

You don't have to drop a ton of cash to eat out in Manhattan; for over 80 years The Papaya King has been busting out some of the best hot dogs in the city; and certainly the best mustard on the planet, but you don't have to take my word for it. BTW, "The Special" is 2 hot dogs and a papaya drink for $5.

We're all ears. Lol BTW, Disney refunded me $700 and changed me over to a different hotel. The part that bothered me the most was that they lied to me, when I booked the room at The Coronado I had asked to be in a specific section, they told me it was all booked up when the reality was it wasn't even built yet. I never went back and to this day Disney sends me special deals to entice me to come back; I will go back if and when things get financially better for me. It was an eye-opener for me and I don't regret not going abroad on vacation, after 911 getting there can be a real drag and the TSA is making flying miserable. It's a false sense of security considering if someone wants to do bad things they can just go in the TSA line and blow themselves up; killing hundreds in the process. It really makes me glad I did most of my traveling when we lived in a kinder, gentler nation; there's nothing like a good Road Trip in the family car.

Do you have any Staycation ideas? - Or Perhaps You'd Like to Say Hi...

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Indeed 8-)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Looks like there's so much for you to do there.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Sometimes we just need to pause, look around and concentrate on knowing things that we normally overlook, in our rush to get things done. I've started doing that too.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @squidoopets: That sounds good to me. Thanks for stopping by and participating on my Lens.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      If I were to go on a staycation here in Mission BC where I live, I'd go stay at the Westminster Abbey Monastery. It's so beautiful, quiet ..

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: Yeah, Gov's Island is one of those places that you really have to be determined to get to; its very seasonal and usually open on weekends (for the most part) unless there is something special going on there. It's also very haunted, they use to hang and execute soldiers there during the Civil War.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Nice having a visit back to the things I miss. Very often my father would take us for a Sunday ride and then take the Staten Island ferry. We loved it. We went to the zoo, botanical gardens and Museum of Natural history often. Never got to go to Govenor's Island.

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      Love NYC and need to get back soon! I live in Vegas and that is a great city for a staycation!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      My best vacations are to NY! We just came back a few weeks ago. I am ready to go back. Loved the lens but, I always read your lenses. I guess I am Dead acated too.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: I love San Fran, I'd love to move there one day; it's been my home away from home on a few occasions If you're ever in town I'll give you the grand tour ;-)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I want to be a tourist in my own city as well. It is easier because I need near San Francisco!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @vetochemicals: I love Long Island it's beautiful. Thank you for visiting and participating on my Lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Shouted to the world on FB!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @wecomparebooks: Just let me know if your in town; maybe we can meet up (I just received my Tour Guide License). Thank for your participation, likes and blessings; I really enjoy your writing and Lenses. I'm going to hit the hay now but I'll be back for more tomorrow (yes, I actually read them, lol). You have a great understanding of SEO and people can really learn alot from your Lenses.

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      Nice! I love NYC!

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      Cindy 5 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      New York is definitely awesome! I'm from Bayshore, LI originally and try to get back as often as possible. Keep showing more of NY, it's much appreciated:) xoxo

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you Tipi, your the best!!!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you Tipi, I appreciate that; I've been having no end of bad luck. My PC died with Photoshop in it, so I'm working with a borrowed NoteBook from a friend (and grateful for it). No one is hiring me, so I'm going to make the Tour Guide thing work if it kills me (I don't want to be on Welfare). We have a thing called Unemployed Discrimination going on here in NYC; there are actually want ads that state "Unemployed Need Not Apply" and our City Council refuses to do anything about it (I'm starting to HATE this government, they're pushing people into Socialism). So I've been trying to learn as much about NYC as I possibly can and be the best darn Tour Guide I can be.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a special thing to have the crossroads of the world in your own back yard, I really think you can make up some more special occasions other than your birthday to enjoy them more often. Beautiful images and you are one inviting tour guide!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @designsbyharriet: Thank you very much, and thanks for participating as well.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @intermarks: Thank you for your kind words and participation on my Lens.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      You choose beautiful places and pictures. If you create a custom bio for each of them you will get more traffic. Enjoy your lens

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @SheilaMilne: I hear ya and totally agree; most of the traveling I've done was in conjunction with a Grateful Dead concert; so I'd check out the city I was in as well and kill 2 birds with one stone.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @sockii: Thank you very much, I appreciate your participation on my Lens and the kind words.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @microfarmproject: If you do return just let me know if there's anything I can do to make your trip as interesting as possible; I now have my Tour Guide license.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: I'll have to work on the bio's suggestion for sure; I've been having some computer issues and haven't been able to be online as much as I'd like to be. The reason I've just used one bio up until now is it contains a piece of code for my Google Analytics, I've also been unable to change the bio on my Profile page (I've reported it as a "Bug" twice and never received an answer back). Now I don't have access to Photoshop so I'm in a bit of a bind as far as making graphics (of the caliber I like) for new Lenses.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      It seem that all the places that you shown here are so beautiful. Nice information.

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      Many staycations which I have made lenses on. This one is great. The best views of New York.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I wouldn't normally visit a big city but the botanical garden could easily entice me. :)

      Flying is misery these days, isn't it? We go only where we can drive now, so that's firmly western Europe.

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Great ideas and I love your photos! Really eye-catching. I've spent a lot of weekends in NYC myself and these are great ideas for both out-of-town visitors as well as for those who might not even take the time to check out all the wonderful things in their own backyard.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      The Natural History Museum is amazing. I would love to go back to NYC someday. I have visited twice, and haven't even scratched the surface of things to do there.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I can't resist your lenses on New York. I've been to most of the places you mention, and we're llucky to be so close to all of these interesting sites. RocketSquid tip...I would still like to see a custom bio for every lens which includes key words from your title. Keep up the great work!

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I love the Botanical Gardens. You always leave there with such amazing photos.