Category Archives: Parks and Gardens
New York City’s Madison Square Park has a full summer of concerts lined up for The Oval Lawn Series. Every Wednesday evening starting June 20, music acts that include Gretchen Parlato, Jeff “Tain” Watts Quartet, Regina Carter and Nellie McKay will take the stage. All concerts are free of charge!
The amount of NYC free Wifi enabled locations has been increasing in public parks throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island. All you need to take advantage of this free internet service is a laptop, iPad or any handheld device with 802.11b and 802.11g Ethernet cards. Go wireless and enjoy free Wifi in NYC parks.
Central Park Summerstage is New York’s largest free performing arts festival. The City Parks Foundation has put together a stellar lineup of entertainment to be enjoyed by everyone. This summer, they will be bringing over 110 free performances to eighteen parks throughout the five boroughs with performances ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, comedy and theater.
The “Low Line” underground park is a project that is being developed by architects Dan Barasch and James Ramsey. Their plan to turn an abandoned trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of Manhattan into an underground park is awaiting approval from more than a dozen city and planning authorities before it becomes reality.
A true sign that spring is underway in New York City are the flower shows. There are many vibrant landscapes and garden’s throughout the city and a popular tradition of stunning flower displays is here. Enjoy the spectacular Orchids by Patrick Blanc at New York Botanical Gardens and take in the magical world of soaring floral architecture at the Macy’s Flower Show.
The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and and as always, is a favorite around the holidays for people of all ages. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory houses the model trains that cross over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Some of the favorites of the show include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge.
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park are open and will remain until January 8. Entering its tenth season, the European inspired open market has 120 vendors that offer everything from clothing to jewelry, health & beauty, food, arts and households gifts. The shops which are located around Citi Pond, feature many unique artisans with wares that come from all over the world.
The High Line has grown into one of New York City’s most popular spots to take photo’s from. In the day time, the view of the west side is lively and on a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty in the distance. At night, it becomes more mysterious as the lights from the city provide a glowing back drop for its visitors to the park.
The City and AT&T have announced a five-year plan that will provide free Wi-Fi service in 26 locations that include 20 New York City parks across the five boroughs. There will be no charge to use AT&T Wi-Fi if you are in the park at any one of the spots that offer service.
The High Line located on Manhattan’s West Side was originally built in the 1930′s and was used to lift dangerous freight trains off the street’s. The railway has been converted and is now part of a 1.45 mile aerial greenway that is a wonderful addition to New York City. The park currently runs from one block below West 12th Street in the Meat Meatpacking District and runs through West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen to 30th street.