This is my third post of pictures from my first Summer in New York City. And contains hand down one of my favourite day’s worth of memories – strolling around for hours in Central Park on a wonderfully sunny and warm day – even squeezing in a couple of hours at the surprisingly large Central Park Zoo.
The Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park
A proud King Penguin at the Central Park Zoo
Bow Bridge in Central Park
A trio of Jazz musicians performing in Central Park
A Snow Leopard wakes from his afternoon nap
A Tufted Puffin splashing about
Snack time for this cute little Red Panda
Seeing A Sign
A rather happy looking Sealion takes a swim in the summer sun
I won’t chat too much about the day, other than to tell you that if you do decide to recreate my day be sure to carry lots of water to hydrate (the Park is surprisingly bigger than I thought it would be) and of course I must add – the Snow Leopard’s are AWESOME!
A Sealion shoots through the air like a bullet
A curious Banded Coati at the Central Park Zoo
Blue and Gold Macaw
A lone bench invites weary travellers to sit for a rest in Central Park
A gloriously plumed Black Swan at the Central Park Zoo
Remains of the Kill
People take to the water on a sunny day in Central Park
This Summer was my first visit to New York and one of the things near everyone said I HAD to check out was the Museum of Natural History – a recommendation not without merit. I ended up spending hours upon hours checking out a rather impressive collection of varied and almost disturbingly lifelike exhibits (including the newly acquired and famous Titanosaurus and the legendary Blue Whale).
Two large Dinosaurs at the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History
A large replicated Triceratops at the American Museum of Natural History
Mammoth or Cyclops?
The new Titanosaurus at the American Museum of Natural History
A large Caribou at the American Museum of Natural History
Two Brown Bears at the American Museum of Natural History
Mountain Goats at the American Museum of Natural History
The legendary Blue Whale at the American Museum of Natural History
It was an exhausting and enriching experience trolling the halls of the Museum with my trusty SLR and while I was impressed with the state and volume of the AMNH’s collection, I was a little disappointed to see that some of their literature/signage was desperately in need of updating and/or fact-checking (I even tweeted one such image at them at the time but it seems they took no notice). I’m sure in the larger scheme of the cultural and educational service institutions like the AMNH discharge, such errors or oversights are negligible. At the same time however, I wondered how many of the kids running around that Museum that day, or indeed any other, would go home having learnt something somewhat ignorant, and mildly insensitive, through someone else’s goof. Still – not to make a mountain out of a mole hill – such minors slips aside, I left that day feeling richer for the experience.
Antlers at Attention
A vicious looking Monitor Lizard at the American Museum of Natural History
A Sea Turtle at the American Museum of Natural History
All Your Ducks in a Row
Lions at the American Museum of Natural History
An African Witch Doctor at the American Museum of Natural History
An Indian Elephant at the American Museum of Natural History
The Gorillas at the American Museum of Natural History
A lone Baboon at the American Museum of Natural History
Two Lionesses at the American Museum of Natural History
If you’re going to go I’d chalk out at least 3-4 hours to really appreciate the collection they have. And it’ll be worth going online in advance and checking if any of the exhibits are closed (like the Butterfly House – which is seasonal and was sadly closed when I made my visit).
This summer I finally broke my US-curse and made it to New York. That’s right, after many near-misses and false-starts I flew the 16-something hours to New York City, New York – the city so nice they named it twice!
I couldn’t even begin to describe the amazing time I had there. Suffice to say between meeting new people, catching up with old friends and family, taking in some “real New York” culture, it was a brilliant 10 days of couch-surfing and urban trekking.
A Courtyard at the Cloisters in New York
The Pier in New Rochelle
In the Courtyard at the Cloisters in New York
The Statue of Liberty lit up at night
A part of the Heavenly Bodies exhibition at the Cloisters
A Glittered Dress from the Heavenly Bodies exhibition at the Cloisters
The Lights of Time Square
On the river in New York at dusk
Part of the Heavenly Bodies exhibition at the Cloisters
Here’s one of many blog posts showing off some (out of the hundreds) of pics that I took while I made my way around the city that never sleeps.
New York city at night
A Birds-Eye view of the ‘City that Never Sleeps’
The Observation Deck at the top of the Empire State Building
In Prayer – Part of the Heavenly Bodies exhibition at the Cloisters
Woman in Black – Part of the Heavenly Bodies exhibition at the Cloisters
Archway at the Cloisters
In the Courtyard at the Cloisters in New York
And if you’re looking for some travel trips here are a few to help you out:
THE UNLIMITED PASS: It’s great to walk around New York, but the City is quite big, and if you’re bouncing back and forth between the Boroughs like I was, you’ll do well to get the unlimited travel pass on a Metrocard – hop on and off the Subway and busses as much as you’d like for a whole week and take in the sights.
THE LOCAL FARE: I always make it a point to try the local flavours. Two things that I took away and I’d recommend for sure – Bulleit Bourbon and Artichoke Pizza (oh man my mouth is watering just thinking of the latter!)
ROOF TOP BARS AND BASEMENT COMEDY: Two things I thoroughly enjoyed, and I’d recommend you try out – a nice cocktail on one of many Roof-top Bars (there’s nothing quite like an amazing skyline view while sipping a Mojito) and of course a show at one of half a dozen comedy venues (the most well-known of which is probably The Comedy Cellar – we tried to get in but unfortunately were thwarted by the fact that Pete Holmes’ show ‘Crashing’ was shooting there that night – still, I did meet a legend of comedy – Artie Lange – muchos coolio!).
STEAK: Oh my god New York is a place to get a good steak – and so many places to choose from how do I even begin! I’d have to say the most mind-blowing were certainly at Peter Luger (where they start you off with a giant slab of thick cut bacon – *drools like Homer Simpson*) and Tavern on the Green (where they have a Tomahawk Steak that’ll make you cry!)
MUSEUMS AND SPECIAL SHOWS: Like any big city New York is absolutely flooded with Museums, many of which feature limited time shows that are usually worth the extra price of admission. I devoted a day each to the American Museum of Natural History (with some astoundingly life-like exhibits) and the Cloisters (where The Met was hosting a show called ‘Heavenly Bodies’ – combining the imagination of the modern fashion world with Medieval Catholic art and architecture – on till October 2018).
WALK: Finally, you’ll see so much more of the City if you take the time to walk around. There were so many little sights and experiences I stumbled onto just because I decided I was going to pick a point and then just explore. If you have the time and the proclivity do so – It’s a pedestrian friendly City and one where sometimes you’ll see so much more when you don’t know where you’re going : )
PS – A special thanks to my friend Kate for letting me use pictures of her from our visit to the Heavenly Bodies Met exhibit at the Cloisters.
It won’t be a terrible surprise to any followers that yet again, following a hiatus post the April poetry-writing flurry, the thing that brings me back to posting is an urge to share more photographs from yet another Zoo visit : )
A Common Sergeant landing on a nearby leaf
A lone Chimpanzee sulking in the sun
A couple of Cheetah lazing in the summer sun
A Patagonian Mara pops up
A wonderfully playful Meerkat at Whipsnade
This post features shots from a visit to the Whipsnade Zoo which I first visited back in 2015. There were wonderfully familiar sights, but also some new experiences with the Zoo having finished renovations and extensions that were still coming up in 2015. Not to mention the acquisition of a few new animals – such as the beautiful new Amur Tigress (unfortunately not pictured here as she spent a majority of the time having a nice little nap in the corner of the enclosure).
A rather insidious African Dwarf Crocodile gives us the evil eye
Come at me bro!
A Tailed Jay
Watchu Lookin At!
An Amur Tiger licks his lips in anticipation of lunch
This Ring-taiedl Lemur looks like its seen some things!
It was a wonderful day… for many a reason. A gloriously sunny day. Some fun sightings. Fresh air and (relative) peace and quiet… Though I hope these humble offerings help highlight at least one, the most important one even – these glorious and gorgeous and amazing creatures!
A Blonde Haired European Brown Bear
A proud Peacock settled into some comfy grass
A gorgeous Banded Orange Butterfly at Whipsnade
A Crystal Clear Chrysalis in the Butterfly House at Whipsnade
A Lioness in the sun at Whipsnade
A gorgeous Tiled Jay at the Whipsnade Butterfly House