Archive for 06/28/2017

Doing Something Different in Outdoor New York

Travel Guide SC shows us what kind of off-the-beaten path attractions are currently hot on the streets of New York City, in particular, the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. One example seen here is the Rhythmic Color mural, featured by NYC’s Department of Transportation Art Program.

Father’s Day in NYC

How did you celebrate Father’s Day last Sunday?  If you’re a dad did someone make a fuss of you and what about all those kids – young and old – did you recognize the amazing role your father has been playing in your life?

NYC certainly knew how to celebrate this most special day.  Featuring top steak restaurants such as Peter Luger (the beer-hall-style-eatery), Quality Meats (industrial theme park featuring meat-hook light fixtures, wooden butcher blocks, white tiles and exposed brick) and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse (offering thick, juicy and flavorful steaks), there was certainly no shortage of options on where to take Dad for the special day.

And then there are father-son/daughter bonding trips in the area too.  Just think about how much fun you could have had if you went camping at Hither Hills State Park (just 2.5 hours by car), Fahnestock State Park (1 ¼ hours by car) and more.

If you didn’t celebrate dad earlier this week, take him out now for an adventure at New Jersey’s Cape May, or New York’s Cold Spring or even Freeport, the latter of where you can bond on the Captain Lou Fleet, the way fathers and kids have traditionally done so – over a fishing rod.

So even if you missed out, remember, make Father’s Day every day for your awesome dad!

The Dead Come Alive at Tompkins Square Park

Well, the Grateful Dead that is anyway.  On June 1, 2017 – marking exactly 50 years ago to the day – the Grateful Dead Tribute Band (Ice Petal Flowers) brought along some speakers and decorated the area with tapestries hung from the fence. It was June 1, 1967 that marked the start of a relationship between NYC and The Grateful Dead.  They played their very first (free) show at Tompkins Square Park.

So at the beginning of this month the music from that time came alive again.  Passersby checked out what was happening and then just stuck around because the band was great.  Official NYC Grateful Dead Family DJ Matt Lilly said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the quality of the music; they knew what they were doing.  They were clearly true fans.

The event lasted around four hours and was thoroughly enjoyed by fans young and old, putting out “good vibes and great music.”

Where New Yorkers were on Memorial Day

Marked as a Federal Holiday since 1971, Memorial Day is historically a very somber occasion throughout America, commemorating the US servicemen and women who were killed.  New York is centrifugal to this so in this article we look at some of the ways in which the day was marked last week.

Perhaps the most quintessential of parades is the one that takes place annually at Bay Ride.  This year marked the Kings County’s 150th anniversary.  Marchers started their route at 11am from Third Avenue and 78th Street and made their way up Fourth Avenue.  They finished at John Paul Jones Park where a ceremony was held.  The goal of the parade is to “educate a diverse audience that includes Veteran groups, civic organizations, business leaders, educational institutions
and the general public on the importance of Memorial Day.”

Then there is the Queens Memorial Day parade.  Viewed as America’s largest parade for the day, it starts at 2pm from North Boulevard and Jayson Avenue (Little Neck).  Marchers make their way to The Divine Wisdom School parking lot.

Additional parades in New York included:

May 28

  1. the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade (hosted by Forest Hills Kiwanis Club and Continental Post 1424)
  2. 33rd annual Memorial Day Parade in Maspeth (marking the USO’s 7th Anniversary)
  3. College Point (from 26th Avenue and College Point Boulevard, ending at MacNeil Park for a ceremony)

May 29

  1. Laurelton’s 28th annual Memorial Day Parade (starting at Francis Lewis and Merrick Boulevards, heading toward 225th Street and North Conduit Avenue for a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Triangle)
  2. Glendale/Ridgewood Memorial Day Parade (starting at the Myrtle and Cooper avenue intersections Plaza) marching to Glendale Memorial Triangle for a ceremony.
  3. Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade (from Colemans Square, stopping at the Vietnam War Memorial, the World War II Memorial at Assembly of God Church and St. Barnabas Church).
  4. Rosedale Memorial Day Parade (meeting at the corner of 243rd Street and Mayda Road with grand marshals Lee E. Blackmon, a retired sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps, and Samuel Elliott of the Rosedale Civic Association).
  5. Woodside/Sunnyside (at John Vincent Daniels Square, meeting at Roosevelt Avenue and 51st Street, hosted by the John V. Daniels VFW Post 2813).
  6. Whitestone Memorial Day Parade (sponsored by the Whitestone Veterans Memorial Association meeting at Whitestone Memorial Park).
  7. Possibly the country’s largest Memorial Day Parade is the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade (starting at Northern Boulevard and Jayson Avenue and ending at The Divine Wisdom school parking lot with grand marshal Terrance C. Holliday).