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When the Mountains are Closer: Day Trips from Upstate Manhattan

Updated May 2018. Last year, Dream Vacation magazine published an article titled “27 Best Day Trips From NYC.” The list includes all good ideas, including The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art branch that highlights their medieval collection.

But, wait. The Cloisters is in NYC. I live in NYC, and I live near there. I can even see the building’s tower from my bedroom. For me, a visit to the museum is not a day trip, just an after lunch stroll.

Many people think of NYC as somewhere to the south, like Midtown with its tall skyscrapers and crowded avenues. Frequent lists of “best things” in New York and much of media attention center on events and places below 110th Street, the northern boundary of Central Park.

“Upstate Manhattan,” a phrase generally referring to the area of Washington Heights and Inwood in northern Manhattan, may seem to some city residents as far away as the Adirondacks. Whenever I invite anyone up to my place, I usually bundle the offer wit…

Let’s Go to Bear Mountain

A day trip from New York City to Bear Mountain State Park and a walk on the Appalachian Trail

If longing for a nostalgic return to the summer camp days of youth, Bear Mountain State Park will get you there. Located approximately 45 miles north of New York City on the west side of the Hudson River in the Hudson Highlands, the bucolic park features an assortment of natural and man-made wonders in addition to its star feature, Bear Mountain. From the city, it’s relatively easy to get to Bear Mountain via bus from Port Authority.

Of its many attractions, the 2,189 mile-, 14-state legendary Appalachian Trail winds through Bear Mountain State Park. As a continuation of a long stretch in Harriman State Park, the trail veers up through a high section of the park before a descent into the Trailside Museums and Zoo near the river. In terms of elevation, the zoo area marks the lowest section of the whole Appalachian Trail. The trail then proceeds across Bear Mountain Bridge and over to the area…

Suggested Itinerary for a Long Summer’s Day

Summer season has arrived in New York, bringing long days of frequent heat and stupor.

The days are so long that rest time is required to break up the day, like nap time in kindergarten.

Summer readers can find their own nooks in public spaces or in air-conditioned rooms of the public library.

While the heat conspires to take the intellect down a notch, just being near a library seems like a smart strategy.

Brisk and determined walks may be necessary for the cooler seasons, but summer is about looking for places to sit or linger.

Sometimes air-conditioning is required, with views of sky and water.

 New Yorkers are lucky to have such great rooms for their summer reading.

Slow strolls are also in order, preferably near the water.

The places shown here - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 53rd Street Library, Bryant Park, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center, the Battery Park Esplanade, and stops along the Battery - would make an excellent day’s outing. Go see the museum in…

New York Museum Exhibitions: Summer 2017

See updated Fall 2017 post here for current listings.

New York City Museum Exhibitions: A Selection for Summer 2017 Upcoming exhibitions are noted in bold type. This list will be updated to reflect changes in the exhibition calendar.

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Ave. at 66th Street:
War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics
Through January 7, 2018

American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West and 79th St.):
• The Titanosaur
Through January 1, 2020
Through January 7, 2018

Asia Society Museum (725 Park Avenue at 70th Street):
Masterpieces from the Asia Society Museum
Through July 2018

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street:
• The Bronx Museum Community Mural at Bronx Terminal Market

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York:The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America
Through October 8, 2017
We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85