Picture a path in the city that is both scenic and not congested with tourists and residents. A place like this exists on the Hudson River Greenway if you start at 125th street in Manhattan and head north.
You can access the path right off the 1 train at the 125th street subway stop. Walk a few minutes west past Dinosaur BBQ and Fairway Grocery store and you will be met with a panoramic view of the Hudson River and New Jersey.
Let’s say you have been to New York City before. You have seen Times Square, attended a Broadway play, spent time with the Pharaohs in the Egyptian wing of the Met and sat at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park and watched the boats peacefully glide across the pond and then bump into each because no one knows who to steer those things apparently.
Late night music in a small venue has always appealed to me. The intimate atmosphere and energy that moves through the crowd when a solo artist or group is deep into their set is electrifying. This led me to look for music spots around the city and one I had long heard about was Bill’s Place on 133rd street in Harlem. When I had family come into town one weekend I made my move and got us tickets.
I went through the Full Access NYC instagram feed and pulled 32 of our favorite photos from 2015. We started the year with some real cold and snow. Spring and Summer allowed us to get in some community gardening, fishing in Central Park and nice bike rides along the Hudson River. Fall brought vibrant colors and neighborhood exploratory walks. Winter came again but has been mild and allowed us to get in some additional outdoor activities before our annual 2 month hibernation for the start of 2016.
Why is soul food great? Because it is made with love. It is the same reason your mom’s chicken soup cures your cold and why your Grandmother’s meatballs are without comparison. The thought and care that goes into creating these dishes is what make them special. And this care can be seen in products that are developed and sold throughout the city.
Look beyond Wall Street and Midtown’s financial firms, Madison Avenue ad agencies and Silicon Alley in the FlatIron District. Instead look around at the thousands of individuals and smaller companies who make our bread, artisanal pickles, jewelry, hats and any other number of items we give as gifts or use in our daily lives.
There are all manner of interesting professions and niche industries in the city and I was fortunate to be able to speak with Jerry Middleton owner and operator of Wood Essentials, a company that specializes in making wood medicine cabinets.
When friends visit and have never been to a museum in the city, I take them to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met.) It is huge and has a collection of artwork that spans thousands of years and covers the entire globe. Simple as that.
However, not all New York museums focus on broad collections. Some represent niche areas of the art world and have a specific style of artwork or region of the world. The New Museum is just that; a contemporary art museum located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
You go in your your local grocery store and see a 2 foot long squash. It is thin, green and says “cucuzza.” If you had Italian grandparents growing up you might be familiar with this food. I called my mom for suggestions on preparation and was told when she was a kid her family would dip in a light batter and fry them up. Below is my easy to prepare recipe for Cucuzza squash.
Editor’s Note: This article is part of our series “Escape from New York.” Series Overview: Flight times are within 2 hours and 30 minutes of New York City. Spend 48 hours immersing yourself in the culture and feel of the destination city. Flights can depart at 6am on Saturday […]
The Fulton Fish Market was established in 1822 in New York City and located for the majority of its existence in lower Manhattan. Starting in 2005, the market moved up to Hunts Point in the Bronx.