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2 BEST HIDDEN GEMS OF NEW YORK

THAT ONLY NEW YORKERS KNOW ABOUT!

By Saida

(Photos by Saida M and Daniel Montuoro where noted)

New York definitely doesn’t lack in entertainment and excitement, but summer still always brings an extra dose of dopamine on our plate. With outdoor festivities and endless lists of sought-after events in the city as well as all over the country, summer schedule takes a lot of planing. If you stay in the city, there are many things you can do, many events you can visit and participate in, however there are entire areas of exciting New York that stay basically invisible to tourists because they don’t have any big milestones. That, in my opinion, makes them much more special. So, today I will take you to 2 of those places. And you will not find these in most guide books.

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GOVERNOR’S ISLAND.

 

 

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Photo credit Daniel Montuoro

An island that is not Manhattan – Governor’s Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor. It’s closed during most of the year, but during summer months it’s an amazing treat! And you will get there faster that you can order an iced coffee, since it’s only yards away from lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Governor’s Island is easily accessible by ferry that leaves harbor every 15 minutes in the summer and costs $2.00

 

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Every weekend of the summer months Governor’s Island hosts events and parties of all kinds. From Jazz Lawn Party that happened last weekend to Figment , to camping nights- the only time you’re allowed to stay on the island overnight. But even when there’s nothing huge going on, it’s an amazing getaway from the city, with incredible Manhattan views and never-ending grass lawns.

Here are some of the events happening in a near future at Governor’s Island.

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Figment brings out the best in all of us. Photo by Daniel Montuoro.

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Event Categories for FIGMENT.

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Figment weekend.

 Photos by Daniel Montuoro

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Incredible details at Figment. Photo by Daniel Montuoro

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BATTERY PARK CITY.

 

This relatively new area of the Big Apple is a hidden gem of New York. Most tourists don’t even know that there’s an entire exciting part of Manhattan just below Wall Street called Battery Park City!

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The land in Lower Manhattan upon which Battery Park City stands was created by land reclamation on the Hudson River using over 3 million cubic yards of soil and rock excavated during the construction of the World Trade Center, the New York City Water Tunnel, and certain other construction projects, as well as from sand dredged from New York Harbor off Staten Island. (wiki)

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Current art installation at Battery Park city waterfront.

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Mostly occupied by residential buildings it lacks in entertainment. There virtually nothing opened here at night and places that open are kind of mediocre. So is the food. It’s one of the worst areas of new York when it comes to quality food. However, this area is perfect for a very quiet night stroll by the water or day time exploring with a camera and some picnic ingredients. New Jersey looks magnificent across the bay and you can even find yourself having walked all the way to 32 street up the magnificent boardwalk with many piers. The stroll is beautiful by night as well as by day and provides that unique for a big city duality by the ocean side.

In late 1950s, the once-prosperous port area of downtown Manhattan was occupied by a number of dilapidated shipping piers, casualties of the rise of container shipping which drove sea traffic to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. The initial proposal to reclaim this area through landfill was offered in the early 1960s by private firms and supported by the mayor. That plan became complicated when Governor Nelson Rockefeller announced his desire to redevelop a part of the area as a separate project. The various groups reached a compromise, and in 1966 the governor unveiled the proposal for what would become Battery Park City. The creation of architect Wallace K. Harrison, the proposal called for a ‘comprehensive community’ consisting of housing, social infrastructure and light industry. The landscaping of the park space and later the Winter Garden was designed by M. Paul Friedberg (wiki).

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Here you can also find the installation series of whimsical miniature bronze sculptures by American sculptor Tom Otterness. Scattered across the park cartoon like characters  depict people and animals in various situations. You can also find these sculptures along the L train stations in Manhattan, like Union Square and 8th Avenue stops.
 All and all Battery Park city is perfect for a summer adventure. You never know what you can discover and you can always jump onto the High-line should you need a change of scenery.

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I’m wearing DRESS – FOREVER 21, YOGA TOP – NIKE,

DENIM SHORTS- ZARA, NECKLACES – MORRA DESIGNS and AMINIMAL STUDIO,

SUNGLASSES- COACH, JACKET- VINTAGE

 Enjoy New York!

 

Love,

S.

 

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