Archive for the ‘Lower Manhattan’ Category

FUN IN THE CENTRAL PARK SNOW

February 16, 2017

With so much snow on the ground in Central Park, it is takes a major effort to keep the park clean, accessible and ready for winter fun. The Central Park Conservancy works hard all year to keep the park beautiful, but it takes an extra effort during winter. There is so much to enjoy in a snow covered Central Park. There is ice skating at Wollman Rink, Lasker Rink or the Conservatory Water. You can cross country ski through the meadows and on the bridal paths. And there is sledding on Pilgrim Hill and Cedar Hill. There are ice festivals, a fitness series, walks and guided tours of the winter park. For a complete list of activities, visit the Central Park Conservancy website and then visit the park! Spring and the explosion of daffodils and tulips are just around the corner.

FAVORITE TREE

January 19, 2017

Standing tall and majestic over Rockefeller Center and the winter ice rink, sparkles the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.  Gleaming and twinkling for the thousands who come to gaze upon it, it thrills all who see it.  But the holidays are over and the Christmas Tree is gone.  What happens to it?  The Christmas Tree lives on as it is donated to Habitat For Humanity.  Its mighty limbs and trunk are used to build and repair homes lost and damaged in natural disasters and also to build affordable housing.  It is a noble tree and continues to do noble work.

THE BIG DADDY OF CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

November 30, 2016

The 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on November 30th from 7 – 9 pm.  Above the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, the giant tree will be illuminated with thousands of lights.  With music, entertainment and celebrity stars braving the cold to entertain, it promises to be a fun-filled evening.  The Tree Lighting is a wonderful event that has been a tradition since 1933 and thousands will line the sidewalks attempting to get a view.  It is also televised.  The tree tradition was originally started in 1933 by Depression Era construction workers who put up a small tree and decorated it with cranberries, gum wrappers and tin cans.  What many do not know is that on January 9th, when the tree comes down, the tree is milled and treated and the lumber used for Habitat For Humanity.  That makes seeing the tree even more special!  If you cannot make the Tree Lighting then seeing it at sometime over the holiday season is a must. Giant and brilliant with lights, it is a tradition not to be missed.                                                  www.powerhiking.com

A Tradition Since 1924

November 23, 2016

Since 1924 New York has had the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  A event of fun and excitement for the whole family, thousands brave the cold each year to watch and thousands more enjoy it on TV.  The parade originally started with live animals from the city zoo and, taking only a couple of years off during WWII,  has evolved to the giant balloons that thrill millions today.  It is truly a wonderful family tradition and we are looking forward to it.  Hope you can enjoy it too.  Happy Thanksgiving!                                      www.powerhiking.com

Festival in Little Italy

September 23, 2016

If you have not yet visited Little Italy to celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro, you do not want to miss out. San Gennaro is the patron saint of Naples and New York City has been celebrating this festival in Little Italy since 1926.  Mulberry Street is awash in red, green and white decor and the festival is worth a visit and lots of fun!

NEVER FORGET

September 11, 2016

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WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 8, 2016

Don’t mis the first concert tonight in Washington Square.  It is the start of the Washington Square Music Festival with a different concert each week in June.  Every concert is free and this has been a tradition in NYC since the 50s. It is the second oldest outdoor series of free music concerts in the City.  What fun in a beautiful park!      www.powerhiking.com

MEMORIAL DAY

May 30, 2016

imageMemorial Day thoughts to you.      www.powerhiking.com

NEW YORK TRAMWAY CELEBRATION

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!                                         http://www.powerhiking.com

LOVE LOWER MANHATTAN

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