Hi all, while Victoria is away she’s asked me over to play! If you read court + hudson then you’re probably familiar with my Friday series, Five on Foot - highlighting some of my favorite spots in NYC’s many neighborhoods. As I continue working my way around the island, I thought it might be fun to share a version of Five on Foot that spotlights some lesser known NYC sights for you to discover on your next trip to the Big Apple. We’re actually going to start our trip with something you can’t actually get to by foot, instead, by ferry….
ONE. Governor’s Island
Governor’s Island is most well-known for its strategic military facilities used by the British and American armies dating all the way back to 1776. After years of remaining nearly unused, it wasn’t until 2003 that Governor’s Island was re-opened for public use. Over the past several years this seasonal attraction has been luring New Yorkers over with the promise of wide open spaces, zero cars and unique events. The island is open on weekends only from Memorial Day to September 30th. And if you’re anything like me, you’re scared of riding your bike on the NYC streets. Well head over to Governor’s Island (via the FREE ferry that you can catch from downtown Manhattan OR Brooklyn) and bring your bike along or rent one when you get there. The island is yours to roam and explore some of the old buildings that admittedly feel a little creepy and drenched in history – but that’s part of the allure!
TWO. Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
40th Street at 6th Avenue
Watching a movie under the stars in the middle of the bustling city qualifies as one of THE NYC moments that make you realize how lucky you are to be there. Grab your sweet, your gal pals or go solo and head to the NYC Public Library to catch a flick on the lawn of Bryant Park. Free for all, if you want a prime seat – get there early (The lawn opens at 5PM.) Films don’t start until after the sun goes down, which means you might be waiting awhile. So bring a snack, something to snuggle up on and maybe meet a new friend. I promise you, regardless of what movie is showing that night – it will be one of the highlights of your NYC visit.
THREE. The Abandoned City Hall Subway Stop
via the downtown 6 subway train
Photo by John-Paul Palescandolo
This one is even fairly new to me and something the city has only allowed as of a few years ago. If you have a couple of extra minutes to spare on your next trip on the downtown 6 train, stay seated after the train pulls in to the Brooklyn Bridge subway stop – which is technically the last official stop on the line. The train has to head back uptown, but before it does it passes through the abandoned City Hall subway station – whose architecture is perfectly dating back to 1904. The station is not open to the public and you can’t actually get off the train, but its one of those lesser known NYC sights that you should definitely consider before the city decides to shut it back down for good!
FOUR. Pomander Walk
West 95th Street between Broadway + West End Avenue
My blog is named for some of my favorite streets in NYC + Hoboken, however there is one street in NYC that truly takes the cake. Take the 1 train up to 96th street and you’ll discover one of NYC’s most unique blocks, Pomander Walk. A private gated street, Pomander Walk contains a bit of whimsy, a whole bunch of character and a touch of mystery. Built in 1921, much of the original building facades remain intact and beautifully restored to maintain the architectural integrity of this UWS gem. While you need a key to gain access to actual walk, there are currently two flats for sale – so if you’re in the market (now or later), it might be worth the tour (wink!)
FIVE. Trapeze School New York
West St at Houston St on top of Pier 40
NYC is one of those places that truly embodies the idea of “if you dream it, you can do it.” Case in point, Trapeze School New York. Even if you never dreamed of joining the circus, you can spend an afternoon learning the “ropes” of the trapeze and creating memories you probably won’t experience anywhere else. While the last time I was there was shortly after Sex And The City aired Carrie flying high above the Hudson, I can tell you it was one of the coolest things I’ve done in this city – and not something many would squeeze into a weekend trip to NY.
About the column: Ohhhh how I wish I lived in New York so I could take advantage of Christine’s Five on Foot column. Like, you have no idea. Christine, let’s go to that trapeze school when I’m next in town!