Winter Adventures in New York

This was the first winter in several years spent mostly in New York. Typically December and early January are full of travel to visit with my family, the significant other’s family and a final quiet place to decompress and gear up for a new year of constant work, travel for work, and hardly any time off.

This year was a little different partially because my long-term work project finished at the end of the summer, which permitted a bit of a break. So it seemed like a good year to enjoy the New York holiday festivities. We spent a few days in Indy with family and then returned to New York for a bit of a staycation.

One day while a friend and I were museum hopping, we headed out to the Met Cloisters. The museum sits atop Fort Tryon Park and overlooks the Hudson River. We arrived almost at closing so we quickly ran through the museum and then went outside to take pictures of the gorgeous view.

It seems that I am forever taking photographs in Central Park but the familiar spots always seem different depending on the weather, season or time of day.

A few days before Christmas we decided to brave the crowds at Rockefeller Center to see the famous annual Christmas Tree. I’m not big on holiday traditions. You won’t find me standing outside all day, unable to eat, drink or use the WC — waiting for the infamous ball to drop in New York, ever. But for a fleeting moment going to look at the tree seemed like a good idea.

As I grow older, navigating large crowds becomes less tolerable. Let’s just say, visiting two days before Christmas wasn’t my best idea ever but we made it through the crazy blocks and blocks of crowds to the tree, we took our pictures, and checked it off the bucket list. Trying to leave was even more difficult. Glad we did it; can’t imagine going again.

On one of the coldest days of the year, we took the Harlem line to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. Why, when almost none of the flowers are blooming would we visit in winter? Well, I love fall/winter foliage colors – and I needed to secure my year-long-free admission before the end of December…The gardens are gorgeous. The Bronx River, complete with waterfall, flows through a section of trails that is more park than garden. We spent a while walking around but left right before it started to snow.

It’s amazing to find so many green outdoor spaces in New York, whether in Manhattan or in the boroughs. Looking forward to visiting the Cloisters and Fort Tryon again soon, and heading to the Bronx Botanical gardens in the spring, summer and next fall.

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