Last time I went to the horse races was in Saratoga Springs in up-state NY at the ripe age of 5. Here it is 21 years later and have made it back, this time around for a baby shower. I am no gambler so I intended on losing up to 10 dollars just to participate. First race I won 6 dollars, number 5 and four hit it with the Exacta Box, but since they were the favs, everyone hit it with the same combo diluting the pot. I lost it later with my creative picks. I put two on Travelator, obviously, and he fell waty behind, I should of put the money on Allthatandsome but I already blew it. The tracks here are beautful in rain or shine and can stay a pretty cheap outing if you can watch your wallet.
Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, from 1885 until his death in 1919. From 1902 to 1908 his "Summer White House" was the focus of international attention. Otherwise, it was the home of a most remarkable fellow.
Theodore Roosevelt, a family-centered father of six, ended his workday at 4 PM to play with his children. Often a man of contradiction, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was a diplomat, internationalist, naval historian and strategist, combat commander of a volunteer cavalry regiment, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy. As a noted historian, biographer, essayist, editor, columnist, and critic. He wrote 36 books.
He was a renowned ornithologist, an expert on and hunter of big-game animals, but a also pioneering American conservationist. He was a country squire, horseman, socialite and patron of the arts. He reformed the federal civil service and New York City police department, lost a race for New York City mayor, finished second in a 1912 third party bid for president, arrested outlaws as a North Dakota deputy sheriff, served as Governor of New York and Vice-President of the United States.
Today, Sagamore Hill is furnished as it was during his busy lifetime.
Jackson Pollock(1912-1956) is regarded as the undisputed leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement. In 1945, he married fellow artist Lee Krasner(1908-1984) and moved from New York City to Long Island's East End. With a loan from art dealer Peggy Guggenheim, they purchased a small homestead on one and a quarter acres overlooking Accabonac Creek in The Springs, near East Hampton. Here, in this serene community of farmers and baymen, Pollock created his masterpieces - works whose innovative style and technique stunned the art world and continue to challenge viewers today.
You can tour the house and estate and see the barn which doubled as his studio where he created some of his largest masterpieces that decorate many of todays top museums, the MOMA being one of them.
Open May, September and October by appointment only. Guided tours Thursday, Friday and Saturday, on the hour from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission $10.
Open June, July and August by appointment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m.
Guided tour $10. General admission (no appointment required) 1 - 5 p.m., $5.
Camusett state park is beuatifully situated on a peninsula that jetts out into the Long Island sound, thats the the huge puddle above LI but below Connecticutt. The park includes an old, old farm many hiking trails and a beautiful coast line where you will see tons of sailboats on those nice days. They have horse riding if that fits your fancy and theres biking paths scattered throughout. Theres rambling hills with huge open green spaces here as well which is so hard to find in this metropolitan mass.
Description - Built circa 1819 by Walter Whitman's father, this house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a fine example of native Long Island craftsmanship, simple in line and pleasing in proportions. Remarkably few changes have been made to the structure since the Whitmans left it in 1823. A visitor centers features exhibition galleries, an orientation film and Walt Whitman's voice on tape, a performance space called The Poetry Circle, a classroom area, a library, and a museum shop and bookstore.
Attractions - Although he left his birthplace at an early age, Walt Whitman returned to the West Hills region often, and, in his old age, claimed to have "incorporated" Long Island into himself. From this incorporation came a poetry that expressed the values and virtues as well as the desires and hopes of a democratic people. His "Leaves of Grass" now stands among the masterpieces of world literature and continues to inspire others to the self-realization that was his lifelong goal.
Built circa 1819 by Walter Whitman's father, this house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a fine example of native Long Island craftsmanship, simple in line and pleasing in proportions. Remarkably few changes have been made to the structure since the Whitmans left it in 1823.
The Walt Whitman Birthplace Visitors Interpretive Center, which opened in May 1997, features exhibition galleries, an orientation film and Walt Whitman's voice on tape, a performance space called The Poetry Circle, a classroom area, a library, and a museum shop and bookstore. There are maps available for auto-hiking tours of Whitman-related sites in historic and beautiful West Hills including the highest point on Long Island, Jayne's Hills.
I was painting rich peeps houses one time in this North Shore locale when I came across this place. I was literally shocked by what was standing in front of me. I didn't know there was a castle withing a thousand miles of the city. Now with further investigation I know a lot of the old money peeps built these to feel like kings. The site is pictureesque sitting quietly on the north shore and this place is also part of the Long Island Heritage trail that was just recently designated. I will make a page about the LI Heritage trail shortly.
Falaise was the 1923 estate of Harry F. Guggenheim, Newsday's co-founder; the 26 rooms of the Norman-style manor house have 13th and 16th century furnishings. Nearby Castlegould, once the carriage house of Howard Gould's estate, was built in 1902.
Hortons Point lighthouse was commissioned by George Washington in 1790. Then built in 1857, it stands overlooking the Long Island Sound in the town of Southhold. The size of the light tower is 58 feet high which is quite smaller than the other bigger LI lighthouses (Montauk, and Fire Island) The setting is what's so picturesque about this one and its architecture looks quite different to what my photographic mind draws up for the word lighthouse. Theres also a nautical museum on the premises.
The east end of long island has a boatload of wineries producing award winning wines. Most of the vieyards are on the North Fork. Tour the wineries or head staright for the tasting rooms to get your drink on. I sampled Osprey Dominions selection and was quite pleased with the smell, the taste, and the sound of the ching ching glasses make before sliding down the hatch. Check out their reserves and their Cabernet Sauvignon.
This countryside estate located off the William Floyd Parkway is not on Fire Island, but in Mastic, Long Island, and is administered as part of the National Seashore. The site preserves the home of Declaration of Independence-signer General William Floyd. What keeps this site from being just another tour through a historic structure is its collection of original furnishings, family heirlooms and photographs, all of which was donated to the federal government along with the property by the Nicolls-Floyd family in 1974.
Located in southwest Nassau county, Long Beach is approximately 30 miles from Manhattan. The beach is clean and though it can be crowded during the summer finding a place to plant your umbrella and read a book is easy.
Once you get off the train there is a grocery store to your left and several take-out restaurants for anything you may have (intentionally) forgotten.
If you are somewhere close to Queens, NY like Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester you should visit the Inspa World in College Point Queens!
The place is just awesome! The entrance fee is only $30 and you can use:
Lobby floor - Bathing house, with four different heated mineral pools in the center of the indoor spa. The dry and wet sauna rooms. The cold bath pool. Aqua-jets. Exfoliation scrub and massage services (additional fee). Lounge area.
First floor - L.E.D sauna room with color therapy. Gold sauna room is lined with plates made of real gold. Salt sauna room is lined with pure blocks of salt from the Himalayas. Far Infrared Ray sauna room. Iceland is a cold sauna room. Jade sauna room contains calcium and magnesium which emits far infrared healing rays known to do wonders for your whole body. Loess Soil sauna room provides a unique meditative environment. The soothing smell of the Loess soil and natural herbs calms and relaxes your mind, body and soul. Body massage, Foot massage, Hand massage (additional fee). Swedish Massage, Shiatsu Massage,Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage,Aroma Oil Massage (Additional fee)
There is also large resting area where you can seat down, relax and enjoy food and drink from sushi bar, Italian cafe and Starbucks. They also have plenty of goodies for the people with the sweet tooth!
Mezzanine - Lounge with personal chairs and personal TV.
Second Floor - The Bade Pools at INSPA WORLD. INDOOR AND OUTDOOR (open all year). Each pool is a specialized water-based fitness facility exclusive to this spa. Provided by a variety of jets, the pools combine the traditional benefits of hot water immersion with Asian acupressure. The relieving and relaxing qualities from the aqua-jets benefit rheumatism, muscle aches, immune system and your overall sense of well-being year round. You will feel your energy restored and experience a complete transformation of your mind and body.
Third Floor - Fitness center and Korean Restaurant with the view of Whitestone Bridge.
It was a un-realistically unique day of January. 72 degrees recorded in Central Park. Yuki thought of walking the dog through the wooded paths. We followed through to the shoreline facing Fire Island, un-socked the foots, rolled the jeans and went in. The feet were under the surface which typically is solid ice at this time of the year. The global warming is visible. Its scary.
A trip to the North Fork this week-end was to show Yuki's mom Wine Country. We were planning on just dropping into any winery, but I'm glad our sporadicness ended us on the grounds of Pelligrini. For 6 dollars you can get a flight tasting as it was called, we got three so we got all their wine in one sitting. Each flight adds up to the serving of more than a full glass of wine. We took our nine glasses to the back and sat overlooking feilds that stretch to infinity full of vines. Temperature was pefecto and there was a pleasant breeze tingling my skin. There is also a self-guided tour one could take of the cellars, with info on display. Nice set-up here.
Littering, without bad connotations, all over the Winery are sculptures, carved from wood by the owner. The name Channing Daughters came too through the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Channing had sex at least three times in their lives. I'm sorry, made sweet love at least 3 times. The same love he was giving his baby momma is the same love he be giving to his grapes. Every taste that swirled in the glass, released molecules into my nose and than slid down the esophagus were perfect. The server, very informative, convinced us into leaving some money behind in an even swap for some fine bottles to take to our next destination.
Magical to say the least. Before making way to the abundantly wild refuge stop at a store, head to the pet feed aisle, comb through the product until you spot a bag of un-salted sunflower seeds, black in color, drag the sack to the counter, dispense the greenbacks for it and lug it back to your vehicle. Now with the right supplies in tow, your are ready. Take a bag full of the seed and set out on the path. When you see a bird or two stop, hush up, and stick a handful of seed to the sky, open palmed. Before long, surrounding you will be many little flying friends eager to grab what there lyes in your hand. At first they will be apprehensive and take a few practice runs. Before long they will swoop down, grab your finger as a perch, and peck away at the seeds. After grabbing choice selection they will take the seed back to the trees to gorge themselves. Its amazing to have a little fellow taking advantage of you.