Archive for May, 2016


May 30, 2016

imageMemorial Day thoughts to you.


May 28, 2016

The New York Tramway – the nation’s original aerial commute – turned 40 last week.  It is hard to imagine that people have been traveling from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan and back for 40 years.  The gondolas travel near the Queensboro Bridge and those crossing the bridge can look up and see the sky commuters.  Happy Birthday!                               


May 25, 2016

A favorite in Lower Manhattan is The High Line.  This astonishing park in the sky offers visitors views of the city and Hudson River in a very natural and unique setting. Take a walk on The High Line on the elevated train tracks into the history of this area. In the 1930s the train tracks were elevated above the city to reduce the number of accidents between people and freight trains delivering goods and meat to warehouses located below in what is known as the Meatpacking District.  The trains gradually became obsolete as trucks carried more and more of the freight and the tracks sat unused. People began to clamor for demolition of the railway and, in the 1990s, Friends of the  High Line was formed to promote preservation and use as as public open space.  And what a park!  Old railroad ties remain and much of the landscaping is created from weeds and wild growth on unused tracks.  A gravel path meanders along fountains and benches and chaise lounges made from sustainable forests.  Trees and flowers abound as do people enjoying the surrounding.  You can buy a t shirt, lemonade, ice cream or enjoy one of the restaurants or just relax and take in the stunning views.  A “must do” is a visit to the Whitney Museum, located between The High Line and the Hudson River on Gansevoort Street.  This stunning new building increases the exhibition capacity of the remarkable collection of modern and contemporary American art.  While in the neighborhood, it is not to be missed.                  www.powerhiking.comHighline-1


May 21, 2016

The hottest spot in Austin and the coolest place to visit is the South Congress Hotel.  New and chic it is not just a hotel but the center of “the” place to be!  It is modern with top restaurants like Otoko, Cafe No Se and Central Standard and brings in the locals as well as visitors.  Sharp shops and an outdoor bar, there is also an open courtyard, home to free concerts.  It is located on South Congress Avenue, where pedestrians wander day and night and options for dining range from yummy Italian to the best burgers in town to a lemonade stand.  South Congress Avenue is user friendly and has something for everyone – great fun but low-key and unspoiled.  Worth a visit!                                www.powerhiking.comSouth Congress AVenue


May 18, 2016

After a major transformation and amazing new addition, SFMOMA opened again over the weekend.  The original museum building is unique in its own right as the architecture and details are superb with the beautiful skylight, bridge and wonderful views. But the new addition is not to be missed!  It is architecturally fabulous with terraces for viewing the city and interactive art installations.  The highlight, however, is the living plant wall.  With 9000 plants growing on the wall, it is truly awesome!  The museum houses thousands of works of modern and contemporary art and is the new chic destination in San Francisco.     http://www.powerhiking.comSFMOMA


May 14, 2016

Hallett Nature Sanctuary has been hidden in Central Park since the 1930s.  It is 4 acres located near The Pond on the Fifth Avenue – Central Park South side of Central Park not far from Grand Army Plaza and the statue of William Tecumseh Sherman.  Previously known as The Promontory, in 1986 it was renamed Hallett Nature Sanctuary.  Thanks to the Central Park Conservancy, the 4 acres have been revitalized and are now open for limited hours.  It is still a fenced area but there are new pathways, a new gate and new benches.  We think it is worth a visit!                                                www.powerhiking.comP1000015


May 12, 2016

85 years old!  The grand opening of the Empire State Building was May 1, 1931, as President Hoover flipped the switch that turned on the lights to the tallest building in the world at that time. Today there is a new LED lighting system that remotely programs and changes the 16 million colors.  Quite a change from the original lighting system!  We love this icon of the Manhattan skyline!                                                                                                                      www.powerhiking.comP1000162