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Fondest memory: The three of us looked at the famed New York skyline that now had a gaping hole where the Twin Towers once stood and David still couldn't quite believe they weren't there as if he might wake up from a nightmare that really didn't happen. But it did and those Towers were not coming back anytime soon. After a perfunctory photo of Doreen and I with the reduced skyline as our backdrop, he said he'd call us later in the day and to enjoy our day in the city. He drove off to work and we boarded the ferry with all the morning commuters venturing to work on the other side of the Hudson. The air was crystal clear and cool, much as it had been on 911. I remember it well. It seemed like too nice a day for anything so horrible to be happening so much like David, I didn't quite believe it was happening until many hours later. It was a visually stunning trip but the hustle bustle of the commuters along with my thoughts of the what had happened in the city since I had last been there made me forget to even take my camera out let alone shoot any photos.
Once across the river, we looked for the bus that would take us up to Central Park and our bewildered looks beckoned one of New York's finest how led us to the bus without our so much as asking. So much for the city not being a friendly one. It's funny. New Yorkers are often seen as aloof but really as big cities go, they are some of the friendliest people around. Opinionated, loud perhaps but make no mistake about it, they will talk to just about anyone anywhere and their willingness to help was never more apparent than on 911 and the months that followed. It was ironic that an attack meant to cripple a country only made the part hit hardest even stronger and certainly more sympathetic in the eyes of the world. (concluded below in Fondest Memory)
- Hiking and Walking
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
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Favorite thing: Even in this post September 11th wold, the view of Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn is great. This is one of the most spectacular cityscapes anywhere and the number of sights in this area is overwhelming. The East River flows on the eastern side of Manhattan and the Hudson River borders its western edge.
Biking in Spring and Autumn
Favorite thing: Spring and Autumn are the ideals times to take a bike tour of the city's surrounding areas. Depending on your level of fitness, you can bike from the center of the city out to the country in time for a late lunch or -- as many do -- take the Metro North Train from Grand Central on Saturday morning. Great destinations for biking include:
The Palisades (take the G.W. bridge out of the city);
Bedford Village (take Metro North to Bedford Hills);
New Canaan, CT (take the Metro North to New Canaan); and
Storm King/West Point (take Metro North to Cold Spring and then take a ferry to West Point).
Fondest memory: A particular favorite Saturday ride of mine is to begin biking from Bear Mountain State Park, north along Route 9 through West Point (and the magnificent Storm King) to Newburgh (and the site of a famous Revolutionary War battle), back across the Hudson at Newburgh and then down 9A finishing at the charming, riverside town of Cold Spring for a late lunch at the diner cafe by the Hudson. After the lunch, you can stroll the tiny town and see old bookstores, antique stores, small bars and beautfiul Bed and Breakfasts.
In the year 1609 an Englishman...
Favorite thing: In the year 1609 an Englishman by the name of Henry Hudson set sail up this river which is now his namesake. He was here on behalf of the East India Company of Holland, looking for a westward route to the Indies. Hudson failed to find the route, but what he did discover was a beautiful area abounding in furs, fruit, and tobacco - items that created a great deal interest in the merchants of Holland. The United New Netherland Company was soon established on the banks of the Hudson River and was followed in 1621 by the Dutch West India Company. The first Dutch settlers arrived in 1624 ousting the French who had arrived just hours before them. Their settlement, on the southern end of Manhattan Island, was named New Amsterdam, and for 40 years the Dutch maintained possession of this land purchased from the Indians for some $24.00 worth of beads and bobbles, as history goes.
Take a boat ride down the...
Favorite thing: Take a boat ride down the Hudson river during the fall. Boats leave from several places including NYC, Tarrytown, and Kingston NY.
Drive around the countryside anywhere during the fall and stop at local orchards to go apple-picking. Check out www.iloveny.com for details.
Fondest memory: 'Borrowing' my mother's car before I had a driver's license when I was 16 years old and cutting school with a friend to visit Hyde Park, NY to see the mansions and antique stores.
Hudson Valley 'The Legend of...
Favorite thing: Hudson Valley 'The Legend of Sleepy Hallow' by Washington Irving was written and based in Tarrytown,New York. It is the famous story of schoolteacher Ichabod Crane being chased by The Headless Horseman. For info on the Hudson Valley region visit www.hudsonvalley.org
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Fondest memory: The Hudson River Valley has many interesting historic monuments that are worth visiting. There's the estate of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt's Val Kill. There's the magnificent Vanderbilt Mansion. Also, the little known President Marten Van Buren Mansion. It's a history class in action.
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Fondest memory: my birthplace and where i was raised! the most
missed about new york is my entire family that includes four beautiful sisters!
my home was in poughkeepsie, along the banks of the hudson river. across the mid-hudson bridge is the famous military academy, west point. i attended franklin delano roosevelt high school in historic hyde park, where you will find this past u.s. president's estate, library, and stables. his close neighbors were
the vanderbuilts, who lived in a huge mansion on vast beautiful grounds! i have more to share, but lack the time right now...
To see Roosevelts home a great...
Favorite thing: To see Roosevelts home a great place to see a president that influenced the history of the united states
Fondest memory: Driving down along the Hudson river a great site and seeing the statue of liberty and ellis island wher my grandfather came through from europe
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