New York, New York

Botanical Gardens|High Line|Tenement Museum

A few weeks ago our immediate family had a dinner get together at my daughter Michelle’s house. My son-in-law Chris’s parents Anna Marie and Mike were discussing their upcoming cruise to Bermuda, they were quite excited and looking forward to the trip. It was going to be a celebration of warm weather, new sights and the success of Mikes shoulder operation. The ship would sail from New York, so since we are some what close not counting traffic I offered to be their chauffeur. Mary and I thought that maybe we could spend some time in Central Park on the return home trip but because of traffic and the thousands of pedestrians on the streets we high tailed it out of there and found refuge on the New Jersey Turnpike. Lesson learned, visiting NYC in a car without planning or knowledge of the city is just plain crazy. Okay, so now we have one week to decide how we can use this return trip to NYC to our advantage. Our problem was solved by Donna, my wonderful, loving, giving sister-in-law. Donna has been living in Jersey City, NJ and working in NYC since she graduated from Rutgers. She invited us to stay with her Friday and Saturday and to guide us through the challenges of visiting and traveling in the great City. Two days in the city with a knowledgeable Tour Guide and our first stop the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx.

We traveled from Jersey City to NYC by train, short walk to Grand Central Station and a fast train to the Bronx. from Grand Central to the Botanical Gardens, Bronx.
We traveled from Jersey City to NYC by train, short walk to Grand Central Station and a fast train to the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx.

Botanical Gardens, Bronx, New York City

The New York Botanical Gardens are a designated national landmark that spans 250 acres of Bronx Park and consists of 28 speciality gardens.

The NYC Botanical Rock Garden has been described as one of the most beautiful gardens of its kind in the world.
The NYC Botanical Rock Garden has been described as one of the most beautiful gardens of its kind in the world.
Conservatory Garden Vibrancy.Spring in the Botanical Gardens is beautiful. The trees, plants and flowers are bursting with vibrancy and saturation. I would recommend taking the Tram tour and then your choice of any of the walking tours.
Conservatory Garden Vibrancy.Spring in the Botanical Gardens is beautiful. The trees, plants and flowers are bursting with vibrancy and saturation. I would recommend taking the Tram tour and then your choice of any of the walking tours.
Conservatory Garden Colors
Conservatory Garden Colors
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is a greenhouse in the Bronx, New York, a major part of the New York Botanical Gardens. It is home to A World of Plants, which showcases the wonders of the Garden’s living collections in lush tropical rain forests, cactus-filled deserts, curated displays of palms from around the world, aquatic and carnivorous plants, and much more.
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is a greenhouse in the Bronx, New York, a major part of the New York Botanical Gardens. It is home to A World of Plants, which showcases the wonders of the Garden’s living collections in lush tropical rain forests, cactus-filled deserts, curated displays of palms from around the world, aquatic and carnivorous plants, and much more.
Botanical Azalea & Plant Garden
Botanical Azalea & Plant Garden

New York City High Line.

Saturday morning first stop was The High Line. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.

River Front with Jersey City & Hoboken, NJ in Background
River Front with Jersey City & Hoboken, NJ in Background
New Building Construction along side the High Line.
New Building Construction along side the High Line.
30th Street below the High Line looking towards the River.
30th Street below the High Line looking towards the River.
28th Street below the High Line looking into the City.
28th Street below the High Line looking into the City.
City view from the High Line. Sky was Foggy and you can just see the Empire State Building in the background.
City view from the High Line. Sky was Foggy and you can just see the Empire State Building in the background.
Mural of bright colors depicting a World War II celebration viewed from the High Line.
Mural of bright colors depicting a World War II celebration viewed from the High Line.

After walking on the High Line. http://www.thehighline.org. We took a Taxi to Katz’s Delicatessen.
http://katzsdelicatessen.com. for the best Pastrami sandwich I ever had. Next time you are in NYC have lunch at Katz’s Deli, the sandwiches are amazing.
Next a Taxi trip to Orchid Street for a HARD TIMES tour at the Tenement Museum where we discovered how immigrants survived economic depressions at 97 Orchard Street between 1863 and 1935. The tour was through the restored homes of the German-Jewish family, whose patriarch disappeared during the Panic of 1873, and the Italian-Catholic Baldizzi family, who lived through the Great Depression. Unfortunately photography was not allowed. If you would like to know more follow this link for the Tenement Museum. http://www.tenement.org.

A weekend of seeing new sights, traveling in Trains, and Taxis with the sounds of an ethnically diverse population. It was an amazing experience, and one that we will have to repeat over and over in order to fill the glass that New York, New York offers. After a Sunday morning Brunch we picked up our exhausted but relaxed friends Anna Marie and Mike at the Cruise ship Port number 88 and hit the road for home already planning for the next Road Trip.

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