NYC – The North Woods-Ravine and more

Read – Construction in the area March 20, 2021

updated for future planning

This year where traveling is limited and keeping a safe distance is hard to achieve, why not a nice walk in the woods. [ the photos are from a fall walk but it is a nice walk in any season.

The North Woods is located at the very northern part of Central Park. It has the feeling of being in the woods. It is a little off the typical tourist area but on a nice day is worth a visit.

You can start this walk from two directions.

The first is from the Meer and walk west and then around the pool where, in a parking lot, (maybe construction detours during 2021) you will see a stone arch You are now in The Ravine. The second approach is from the west side (1ooth Street) starting at the Pond.  The Pond is a small lake with green lawns, a waterfall and a loch at the other end. Walk to the end of the pond and  follow the stream into the Ravine.

There is much more to see in this part of the park. Here is an excellent link with a good map here.


NYC -The Bronx Zoo Revisited – Fall Season Trip


This is an edited version of a previous Blog. Soon, the leaves will be changing colors and this is a great place to enjoy a fall day. Full Blog Here

The massive institution is home to more than 5,000 adorable and/or ferocious creatures in myriad exhibits, including an outdoor baboon reserve, a sea lion pool and a space dedicated entirely to Madagascar. Ride the Wild Asia Monorail, which tours 38 acres of exhibits that house elephants, Indo-Chinese tigers, deer, antelope and Mongolian wild horses, or wander over to see two gargantuan Nile crocodiles. On inclement days, step into indoor attractions such as the World of Birds, the World of Reptiles or the Congo Gorilla Forest. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


The Bronx Zoo is truly an impressive place to visit. You will be pleased to see that Zoo is clean and well maintained and that the animals are well cared for.

I, and one-hundred twenty students, visited the park on a school field trip. Warning – even the most energetic of visitors will find a day at the Bronx Zoo exhausting — there are just so many exhibits to see and so much ground to cover. Spend some time on  The Bronx Zoo Website before going.

Our trip was focused on the sea lions and the southern part of the park.

This blog has a guest photographer my grandson Daniel  who, to my delight, photographed all of the following:


Some Facts

The Zoo is surprisingly easy to get to by express bus from Manhattan.

  • Bronx Zoo Buses/Subways: BxM11 express bus stops along Madison Avenue, between 26th and 99th Streets, then travels directly to the Zoo’s Bronx River entrance (Gate B); 2 or 5 subway to East Tremont Ave/West Farms Square
  • Bronx Zoo Directions: Bus, Subway, MetroNorth and Driving Directions

Bronx Zoo Admission:

  • $16 for Adults
  • $12 for Children 3-12
  • $14 for Seniors (65+)
  • Free for Children under 3
  • Free for Members
  • Pay-What-You-Wish Admission on Wednesdays
  • There are additional $3-5 charges for “Special Rides and Attractions,” though you can purchase a Total Experience ticket for $29.95 Adult/$19.95 Child/$24.95 Senior which includes unlimited access to these add-ons.
  • Special Rides & Attractions include: 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Zoo, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Wild Asia Monorail, and the Zoo Shuttle.

Bronx Zoo Hours:

  • Summer Hours: (April 3 – November 1) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays
  • Winter Hours: (November 2 – April 2) 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Day.
  • Last admission sold 30 minutes before closing
  • Because of its size, the Bronx Zoo has several “main” entrances — if you’re meeting friends or family at the zoo, confirm ahead of time which entrance you’ll be using.

September – Farmer’s markets

During August I usually try to get some locally grown sweet-corn.  All year I get to visit many of the NYC farmer’s markets but the arrival of corn begins a time to not only enjoy the taste of sweet corn but to marvel at the color of the produce that is displayed.

food poster


In 19th century New York City, it was not uncommon for the poor and working-class to buy baked goods, produce, and even meat, downstairs in the open air from sidewalk peddlers in front of their tenement buildings.

Today there are Farmer’s markets, Farm Stands, Road-side-wagons and assorted other names for buying fresh produce from local farms.

Hopefully, the following photos will give you the incentive to either visit a market in the city or take a ride outside the city to enjoy Nature’s Bounty.

Map of NYC Farmer’s Markets

Here are a few fun photographs

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