The Island Holiday: Picturesque Scenes from a New York City Vacation

I never made it out of town this summer. While I did take some time off from regular editing and writing tasks, I mainly stayed within the confines of the island of Manhattan. I did manage to visit Brooklyn a couple of times.

Battery Park, New York Harbor
Brooklyn Heights Promenade. August 12, 2011. 5:32 p.m.

I never stopped walking, however.

View of East River Park
East River Esplanade. August 18, 2011, 12:51 p.m.

I suppose I tried to assuage my longing for a traditional vacation - and, no, I never made it to New York beaches, alas - with long sojourns in the parks and along the waterfront.

Battery Park, New York Harbor
Battery Park, New York Harbor, August 26, 2011. 10:17 a.m.

The approach of a hurricane, one that touched my part of the city relatively lightly, seemed to reinforce the city's geographic characteristics as a maritime metropolis.

Hudson River Park
Hudson River Park, August 27, 2011. 1:44 p.m.

While walking the promenades, river walks, and pathways in the city parks over the past few weeks, it looked to me as if Nature was insisting on the upper hand. For a couple of days, Nature won.

Washington Square Park
Inland: Washington Square Park. August 29, 2011. 5:40 p.m.

After the city shut down the mass transportation system during hurricane preparation and normal car traffic came to a halt, the air never smelled as clear as it did during that first day after the hurricane passed.

Hudson River from Pier 45
Hudson River, from Pier 45. September 1, 2011 8:39 a.m.

Looking over these pictures, I am grateful I got something of a vacation after all.

Sheep Meadow, Central Park
Inland: Sheep Meadow, Central Park. September 2, 2011.

The next time you find yourself in the city and need an escape, I highly recommend these places pictured above. It's Labor Day weekend. You still have time.

Images by Walking Off the Big Apple. Regular posts return this week.

1 comment:

Ell said...

Beautiful images - just lovely!