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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

An Elephant on the Loose in Coney Island

This kinda sounds like the plot to a poorly scripted animated kids movie… but it really did happen!

116 years ago a massive elephant escaped from a showcase at Coney Island's Luna Park and swam all the way to Staten Island. This is an amazing read from our friends at the phenomenal site Untapped NY about a crazy day almost lost to history!

Talk about a New York City Big Adventure...

https://untappedcities.com/2020/05/22/the-brave-escape-of-alice-the-elephant-who-swam-from-coney-island-to-staten-island/



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Coney Island's Luna Park as it appeared around 1904


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Topsy the Elephant about to meet a lousy fate


Not your average scenic NYC Photo!

Okay, show hands: How many people have dreamed of sneaking to the top of the beautiful Chrysler Building just so you can snap an amazing photo like this one!?



 
The stunning photo was taken by self-proclaimed daredevil photographer Lucinda Grange who has taken "equally amazing photos all over the world, none of them very legal."
While we're here two fun facts about the famous ole Chrysler Building:

- Built 90 years ago, it remains the tallest brick building in the world with a steel framework,

- For a short time it was the tallest skyscraper in the city, but today, the 1,046 height is good for making it the 11th-tallest building in the city.

You can see more of Lucida Grange's photos from around the world here

In the meantime, we'll leave you with THIS view:

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Another unique and quirky NYC landmark...

 One of New York's most unique and quirky landmarks - Do you know about the tiny "Spite Triangle" at 7th Avenue and 17th Street? It's a fun, long-standing middle finger to the city's effort to tear down buildings for expansion of roads. Great read!

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-tiny-spite-triangle-that-marks-a-century-old-grudge-against-new-york-city

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Best Dim Sum in NYC?!

We recently got an email from a fan planning an upcoming trip to New York City with one simple question: What is the BEST Dim Sum in The Big Apple?!

That's an easy one. Our absoloute favorite place to enjoy authentic Dim Sum dining is in the heart of Chinatown: Nom Wah Tea Parlor.

Nom Wah first opened their doors in 1920 and now holds the honor of being the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Chinatown Stepping inside always feel like a bit of a time warp and the food options are always flavorful and amazing. In our opinion, there is no better place to spend a Saturday morning with some friends, some tea and some dim sum for all to share.

But arrive early! Lines tend to form before the restaurant opens at 10:30 AM.

13 Doyers Street, Chinatown
https://nomwah.com/chinatown/

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Guide To Planning your own Spring NYC Big Adventure!

Ah, finally Spring is upon us. Longer days, beautiful weather and...what's that...people on the street seem to be smiling. 

To celebrate, we've put together an itinerary to allow you to create your own "Spring Big Adventure" allowing you and friends to descend upon several outdoor locations throughout NYC. You can make this happen on any weekend day and tweak the itinerary for a day of basking in the sun, enjoying the outdoors and in general, rejoicing in Spring. This has been brewing since Jan 23rd – which was the coldest day of winter when we were suffering through cabin fever and immensely tired of slush and gray. All of us have braved the most miserable winter in a while. Now…we celebrate spring!

We encourage you to pass the information along to anyone who might enjoy outdoor bars, rooftop locales, competitive chalk art, New York City Parks and musty old tombs (really). If you follow our guide, we promise will be unique, affordable, social and distinctly NYC. 

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The West 79th Street Boat Basin CafĂ© – 1:00 PM –Walk as far west on 79th Street as you can past Riverside Drive until you end up overlooking the Hudson River and Boat Basin. We’ll sit with a view of the House Boats and Riverside Park as we sip Electric Lemonade and fried perfection. The perfect place to soak in the sun and start the day.



Host a Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition - 2:30 PM –As you stroll through Riverside Park –one of the most beautiful and underrated parks in NYC– set up and enjoy some Sidewalk Chalk Art. It’s art guerilla style (because Sidewalk Chalk is verboten….breakin’ the law, breakin’ the law). Create teams, bring art supplies, endless chalk and lovely sections of sidewalk to vandalize…er decorate. After everyone hones their skills and talent, chose one winner will be crowned the Picasso of the Park! The Salvador Dali of the Sidewalk! The Rembrandt of the Road! The Georgia O'k....you get our drift.
  
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wyB0yZWgY1c/TbM8vwoANSI/AAAAAAAAAiI/alys_rsGXBk/s1600/Grant%2527s%20Tomb%20NYC.jpgGrant’s Tomb – 3:30 PM – 122nd and Riverside Drive - Hop on the M5 Bus and journey up to what is officially known as The General Grant National Memorial. Nothing like spending a spring day at a tomb. Seriously though, this is a very cool museum that opened over 110 years ago. Despite rich history, architecture and grandeur, seemingly few New Yorkers have ever visited. Rectify that with a private tour by the National Park Service guide all dedicated to that 18th President and Civil War General with the awesome first name: Ulysses S. Grant

The Heights Bar and Grill – 4:45  PM– Broadway and 112th –The Heights (named after its neighborhood Morningside Heights) is a somewhat secret gem and the only rooftop bar in Manhattan north of 59th street. Swing by for a drink while lounging on the top floor roof-deck patio and judge who has the best sandals in the bar.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1B32VYs5VuQ/TbM8ve-iRyI/AAAAAAAAAiE/DoM1Ld8Id_s/s1600/High%20Line%20Park.jpegTraversing The High Line -6:30 PMEntering at 20th Street and 10th Avenue- The plan here is simple – a stroll down the most unique urban park on the East Coast at Sunset. Starting at the northern most section and ending at around 12th street, we’re going to walk every inch of the park and get it on like Ponce De Leon. Lots going on most spring days including a roving book cart and guides.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-H9cEcZB4XtI/TbM8uwaM3tI/AAAAAAAAAiA/VT11rUORn04/s1600/Standard%20Beer%20Garden.jpgThe Standard Beer Garden– 8:00 PM -  Little West 12th and Washington Street – Fresh off The High Line and back on firm ground, you’ll be transported to a magical faux German land. Outside and spacious, visitors leave their Meatpacking pretensions at the door in exchange for Ping-Pong, Brats and Steins.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gC1COHTwL2k/TbmjTZpaPeI/AAAAAAAAAj8/6gwl-c431q0/s200/Ear+inn.jpgEar Inn 10:00 PM – 326 Spring Street near Washington Street – Man, we love this place. End the evening with one of New York's oldest bars where the drinks are as tasty and affordable as the history of the place is remarkable Historic Home turned Brothel turned Bar. Great to get our relaxing on after a long day of trekking. Also known as the Green Door Bar or the James Brown House. God Bless drinking establishments with three names.

 
Enjoy! We hope this makes for a wonderful Spring Adventure for any who follow our route! Let us know how your journey goes by visiting us on Facebook  or sending us an E-mail: Info@NYCBigAdventure.com



Friday, March 27, 2015

Madison Square Garden....The Fourth?!

Did you know that New York City is currently on its FOURTH Version of Madison Square Garden? True enough: Four Venues in four different locations throughout the city.

The latest construction of "The World's Greatest Arena" (known in some circles as MSG IV) opened in 1968, but the original was built waaaayyy back almost 90 years earlier in 1879.

MSG I-The first Madison Square Garden opens its doors on East 26th Street and Madison Avenue in 1879. Unfortunately, the roofless Garden was hot in the summertime and freezing in the wintertime so it had a rather limited lifespan.

MSG II - The second incarnation opens on the same spot in 1890. Topping the Garden's tower was a statue of Diana which caused Madison Square Park to become known as "Diana's little wooded park".

MSG III -The third to bare the name, this MSG built in 1925 was located on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets in Manhattan, on the site of the city's trolley-car barns Moving uptown, It was the first Garden that was not located near Madison Square. It was home to the Rangers, Knicks, Defunct NHL team The Americans and the annual NIT college basketball tournament.

MSG IV - Ah, the site we now all know an and love. It's a little trivia that most people don't know. The arena we have now is probably destined to remain for a long time and is currently undergoing a significant renovation.

The MSG Co. offers a great program called "The All Access Tour for Madison Square Garden." that's well worth a few bucks.

In the meantime, brush up on all of your Madison Square Garden history at this site below:
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/history-of-madison-square-garden.html 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Answers to our NYC Trivia Quesitons


So, last week we challenged you with three big questions about NYC. See the answers below. Did you get all three right? Are you a master of all things Big Apple? More NYC trivia to follow in the next couple of weeks.  

Sure, you've mastered complicated Subway transfer at 59th street and you know the best Happy Hour specials from Midtown to the Bowery, but how well do you really know NYC? Here are three basic trivia questions about New York City. Any proud true resident should go three for three. After all, these are elements of the city that you likely see every day. Good luck!

1. The official New York City flag

The city flag is a vertical tricolor in blue, white, and orange and charged in the center bar with the Seal of New York City in blue. The tricolor design is derived from the flag of the Dutch Republic—the Prince's Flag—as used in 1625, when New Amsterdam was settled on the island of Manhattan. This design reflects the current design implemented in 1977.



 (There are also flags for each of the five boroughs, but we've left them out of our examples just to make it easier)

 

 

 

2. What is the official New York State motto?

A) Freedom and Unity! - Vermont's Sate MottoB) Excelsior(Latin for "Ever upward!") -Correct!
C) Wisdom, justice, and moderation - Georgia's State MottoD) Labor Omnia Vincit (Latin for "Hard work conquers all things!) - Oklahoma's State Motto

3. What is the State Fruit of  New York?

A) Pumpkin B) Avocado
C) Wild Blueberry D) The Apple - Naturally!