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Coney Island, a beloved part of New York history

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There are certain things about Brooklyn that still make me smile: a pizza slice from Johnny’s on 5th avenue in Sunset Park, the Manhattan skyline from Sunset Park, riding the F train to the highest subway point in the city (Smith and 9th Sts.), the mist from an open fire hydrant on a hot summer day (fire hydrants can be opened legally by requesting the local Fire Department to provide a spray cap, which they install, on the hydrant you want).

And although much of what I love about Brooklyn has vanished to give way to the trendy, hip, and new, there are still pockets that embrace the history and the endless memories of those of us who were born here and spent so much of our childhood here.

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Day trip to Newburgh, NY

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Along the Hudson Valley and about an hour and a half from New York City (with no traffic) is the city of Newburgh, NY.

To see it on its surface, one might see what most people refer to as “up and coming”. However, look deeper and you will see a historic city, with much of its architectural structures dating as far back as the 1800s. Some of them definitely need some TLC, but anyone who loves history will truly appreciate it all. 

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Fall Weekend Cruising the Hudson

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Last year my family and I got up early on a Sunday morning to take a cruise up the Hudson River in celebration of Oktoberfest. Granted, I am not a huge beer drinker and tend to not consume much alcohol when I am on an outing with my kids, but visiting Bear Mountain and taking in the views along the river as the foliage changes colors has become a family favorite.

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Fall Fun: Oktoberfest Circle Line Cruise to Bear Mountain

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Update on 2015 Oktoberfest and Bear Mountain: 

Circle Line’s Bear Mountain Cruises are happening this fall on Saturdays and Sundays between September 26 and November 1 and on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day). Circle Line will run a full-day Oktoberfest cruise from 8:30AM – 5:30PM featuring German beer and traditional German Oktoberfest food such as soft pretzels, potatoes and bratwurst. For $35, guests can purchase a souvenir 20 oz. beer mug on board in which they can fill up for free throughout the entire duration of the cruise; there will be beer bucket specials as well.  

Once at Bear Mountain, guests can enjoy leisure time from 11:30am – 3:00pm and hike, bike, visit the zoo, enjoy brunch at Bear Mountain Inn, view the foliage, boat on the lake, and more. On Saturdays, there will be a live German band aboard. For tickets and more information, please visit the Circle Line Bear Mountain Cruises page.

 

The chill is in the air and depending on where you are, you can already start to see the leaves changing. I love this time of year, and though I am a huge fan of the beach, sand, and warm sun during the summer months, Fall has always been one of those seasons that makes my heart happy.

My family and I enjoy taking the weekends to road trip in search of apples and pumpkins, and just take in the colors of the season.

Though autumn hasn’t officially started, we kicked it off a little early during Circle Line’s Bear Mountain Cruise of the season.

It’s a lot of everything I love: experiencing a destination by water, enjoying a beautiful day out, and beer festivals.

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Summers in Lake George: Unplugged

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After an intense professional day, I needed to just unplug and be with my family. My oldest wasn’t able to join us because of a recent knee surgery, so in a way the pictures in this series which I call “Unplugged” aren’t complete, but still they captured the perfection of what happens when we have no other distractions, nothing else to do, but be together.

We started our morning early, after a night in a cabin in front of Arbutus pond in the Adirondack Park. The peace and serenity of the morning is one that can, if you are craving it as much as I was on that morning, make your eyes tear up a bit.

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A Family Favorite: Spring Day in Central Park, NY

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My family and I recently ventured into Central Park to enjoy a beautiful Spring day. Even after living in New Jersey for 2.5 years, we still find ourselves attracted to the city’s energy. We only live 35 minutes by train, but it feels like a world away and it’s nice to walk around and see the boys fall back into the flow of the city that influenced them so much at a young age.

I couldn’t help but remember the many times we ventured into the park when they were little, a place where we used to entertain the hours of our days. When I started this blog as NYCity Mama it was all I ever did with them, just go out and explore. There are times, like this particular one, when I miss those days because the kids were smaller, because everything seemed so much easier, because it felt like it was just us in this big ol’ world. My mind raced back to images of those days and to see how fast fast they have grown makes my heart hurt.

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Making Memories at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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No matter what I do throughout the year, I always make time to be home for the holidays and that’s because this time of the New York City is my absolute favorite. Yes, it’s cold, and yes, it’s crowded, but man oh man, is it festive, fun and awesome.

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Outdoors with Kids in New York City – The Book

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When my kids were little and not in school all we ever did was spent time outdoors exploring NYC. It’s how this blog got started, sharing our adventures in this way with our readers.

When visitors often think about New York, they think about the attractions that require expensive tickets and long lines, a nightmare for those traveling with kids. But those of us in the know like to spend most of our time outdoors, in the many parks, botanical gardens, and playgrounds of the city. If you like nature exploring, hiking, biking, having picnics, or just going for walks, then you want to check out Outdoors with Kids: New York City by Cheryl and William de Jong-Lambert ($17.99 paperback, $9.99 Kindle on Amazon.com). This book features 100 fun places to explore in and around the city, any time of year.

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Fall Foliage in New Jersey

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When I was 8 years old, my parents and I moved out of the city for a bit and into the suburbs of Teaneck, NJ. After school I would walk home on my own, often taking my time because I had a crush on a boy named Andrew who seemed to move as slow as molasses and with whom I took these walks home with.

I don’t think Andrew really had much of a crush on me, but he walked with me anyway – mainly because it was in the direction of his house. Our walks were often pretty mundane, nothing too special until Fall would come along.

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Westside Parks to Visit in NYC [VIDEO]

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There are tons of really amazing parks in NYC. Washington Square Park, Bryant Park, Carl Shultz Park, Madison Square Park…just to name a few.

In this video, I highlight my absolute favorites along the westside on Manhattan. I hope you get to check them out when you come visit!

These videos on NYC are for SheStreams Conference, which will take place in Times Square this month of September (2011), and sponsored by AT&T.

 

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