With a gorgeous day in the forecast (and Chelsea and my parents along for the ride), I decided to explore the Upper West Side – a part of the city I rarely visit.
First stop was the new Illumination Lawn at Lincoln Center.
Illumination Lawn is actually the sloping “green roof” of a restaurant, and part of a major renovation of the Lincoln Center complex by the renowned design firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro. I had been avidly looking at pictures of the lawn on-line and was excited to see it for myself.
Except – it was closed.
I was a little bummed, but reminded myself that I know how to take lemons and………….so I walked around the base of the lawn and took some pictures anyway while the gang waited for me. It really was so cool and I plan to get back there soon, take my shoes off and run around with Noah.
Next I decided to wander around the west side of Central Park. The park is one of my very favorite spots in all of New York. Seriously, I could go there once a week as it is magnificent in every season. The thing is, I find myself traversing the same paths on every visit. This time I was hoping to see some new sights, and maybe find a playground for Noah along the way.
We lucked out – immediately finding not one but TWO great playgrounds:
After a good run on the slides and climbing structures we headed deeper into the park and found ourselves standing in the magnificent Sheep Meadow:
How have I NEVER been here?
We walked some more and wound up at Bethesda Terrace. Look at this place – I love everything about it – it’s a truly magical setting and I never tire of walking around, admiring the lake and fountain and doing some great people-watching.
We finished the day with a stroll through the Mall and Literary Walk.
I felt a little like a tourist and made a mental note to start a list of sights and neighborhoods – in New York – that I’ve never been to. I read somewhere that it’s a good idea, once in a while, to treat yourself like a visitor to your town and see the landmarks and attractions that you would show to an out-of-town guest. I love this idea.
How about you? Do you “take for granted” the place that you live in, frequenting the same spots over and over again? Or do you make it a point to discover new neighborhoods from time to time?
And for you New Yorkers – any “hidden gems” that I should know about?