Chinatown is one of my favorite neighborhoods in New York City (map from Explore Chinatown, an organization that promotes Chinatown businesses). It’s one of the first New York City neighborhoods I visited, and it holds a special place in my heart.
Category: New York City
Fort Tryon Park – Quick Facts
- Fort Tryon Park is located in upper Manhattan and covers portions of the Washington Heights, Hudson Heights, and Inwood neighborhoods.
- The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is located within Fort Tyron Park.
- Starting in 1917, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. bought several estates in the area with the plan of creating a park. He gifted what is now Fort Tryon Park to the City of New York in 1931.
- For the park’s design, Rockefeller hired the Olmsted Brothers firm, the firm formed by the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, co-designer of Central Park.
- The Cloisters Museum focuses on the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The buildings themselves are composed partially of medieval structures bought in Europe and reassembled onsite.
On May 2, 2015, I checked another item off of my NYC bucket list:
The Great Saunter
On this 30th anniversary of the 32-mile urban hike around the island of Manhattan organized by Shorewalkers, 1200 walkers trekked along miles of shoreline and through more than 20 parks (map). This hike is held annually on the first Saturday in May.
- The Greenbelt includes New York City’s largest remaining forest preserve and encompasses 2,800 acres and six major trails, ranging from easy to difficult and from one to 12.6 miles.
- Biking is permitted only on the multipurpose trail.
- Two of the trails, the blue and the yellow, ascend the 401-ft tall Todt Hill, the highest natural point in the five boroughs of New York City and the highest elevation on the entire Eastern Seaboard from Florida to Cape Cod.
- Pouch Boy Scout Camp, Richmond County Country Club Golf Course, and Moravian Cemetery are privately owned and within Greenbelt boundaries.
- The Greenbelt Environmental Education Department hosts programs for school and scout groups, senior citizens, families and the general public. Summer camp and mini-camp sessions are also available.