New York City’s Carousels in One Day

Mini Adventures

When you think about carousels what comes to mind? In most cases you think of the warm air lightly blowing your hair while listening to the circus music in the background. Well thankfully there are plenty of of carousels in New York City to chose from. Or if you’re up to it you can visit all of them. I have curated a list of the best ones in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Check it out and don’t forget to share your experiences below.

Manhattan

  • SeaGlass Carousel


Who said fish can’t party? This carousel is truly unique and amazing. It always ceases to mesmerize me especially when the sun goes down. Because that’s when the fish are lighten up to create a perfect swirl of lights while you spin around. Get your smartphones, gopros, or any camera devices you fancy prepared to take Instagrammable pics…#perfection. Best of all it is located in Battery Park and on your way to the Statue of Liberty ferries.

Open 7 days a week, Sunday-Thursday 10AM to 6PM, Friday-Saturday 10AM-8PM, weather permitting. For more details visit their website. Rides are only $5 per ride for anyone other than 12 months. Sorry, no pets please.

  • Central Park Carousel

So you’re strolling through Central Park and thought you’ve seen it all. Guess again because Central Park is home to its very own carousel. Boom, now you have another activity to look forward to besides having a picnic in Sheep Meadows. It is conveniently located in the middle of the park at 65th street.

P.S: remember to bring cash along its only $3 per ride. Open daily from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. For more details visit their website.

  • Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

You cannot visit New York City and not stop by Le Carrousel in Bryant Park. Okay, so you visited the Central Park Carousel and need something to keep you going. Then try Le Carrousel it makes you feel like you were teleported to another time and place (bonjour France).

If you loved it you can even throw your birthday party here. Rides go for $3 and parents helping their young ones are not charged. For more details visit their page.

  • Carousel at Pier 62


This hidden gem is located in the Hudson River Park. Now this is one that not even I knew about and I’m a New Yorker. I guess some things just slip by but this carousel offers one of the best views of the Hudson River and New Jersey.

So if you are in the Chelsea area then stop by west 22nd street and enjoy the ride and the view. Need more insight stop by their website.

Brooklyn

  • Jane’s Carousel


Hands down my favorite carousel of all time! If you are looking for a traditional carousel then this one’s for you. In Brooklyn’s very own Dumbo there is a magical place called Jane’s carousel where you can hop on for $2 per ride. An added bonus is the spectacular view you get from this area. You can also add visiting the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park in your itinerary. Don’t forget to stop by the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The carousel is open Thursdays to Sundays from 11AM to 6PM, but soon their summer hours will be in session. For more information visit their website.

  • Prospect Park Carousel

Most carousels only have horses but this one has more exotic creatures. How does riding a lion, giraffe, or dragon sound like? If you want a carousel that bring an exotic feeling to it then stop by Prospect Park. Best of all if you are riding on an empty stomach then make your way to the Pony Express Snack Bar.

Rides are $2 and in August children under 12 years old ride for  free every Thursday. The carousel is open Thursday through Sunday from 12:00pm until 5:00 pm. For more information visit their website.

                     Bueno, que lo disfrutes mucho! (Well, I hope you’ll enjoy it a lot).

 

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Day Tripping: Boston 

Day Trips

I spent days debating if I should book a trip to the West Coast or visit Boston. This was all conducted in the very last minute and of course I was looking for budget friendly options. After taking into consideration hotel prices, airfare, and other factors I decided Boston was the best option.

  

“Attention passengers our next stop will be Boston” said our Bolt Bus driver. He was such a jolly man especially for a cold Thursday morning. He even made me feel good considering that I detest waking up early (I’m more of a night owl). However, when it comes to traveling I make sacrifices and Thursday’s sacrifice was waking up at 6am (or what I like to call ungodly hours). The advantage of bus traveling is that you get to sleep in and that’s exactly what I did for half of the time. The rest of the four hour ride was divided between making sure my brother was comfortable (my travel buddy), checking my iPhone, and reading my new favorite book Girls Who Travel. I have to say the driver was so nice that we made a pit stop and I took advantage of this by buying some food.

Upon arriving in Boston, I thought all the hours spent researching about budget friendly ways to explore Boston- was well worth it. I was ready to go on an adventure and enjoy my day trip there. In terms of numbers I spent roughly around $165 for the two of us, that includes food and transportation: Bolt Bus and Old Town Trolly Tour. If you buy your Bolt Bus tickets in advance, you can probably score cheaper tickets.

My initial plan was to do a self guided walking tour, but the weather had other plans. So I purchased my Old Town Trolly Tour tickets when I arrived to the Boston Historic’s North End. I am not the best map user, but I managed and I assure you that you can too. It goes to say that I walked from the South Station all the way to the start of the Freedom Trail by Congress Street. Mind you, I didn’t want to walk it but the taxi drivers insisted it was only a few blocks away or as one of them said “three traffic lights down and make a left”. Darn, I really wanted to take a taxi and avoid the cold walk. But we are New Yorkers and being so we can handle anything. And so our adventure began and we paid $37 per person for the trolley that took us around Boston.

For a detailed map of the Old Town Trolley Tour, visit their website they have many tours ranging from hop on hop off tours to chocolate tours. We went with the hop on hop off tour which lasted about two hours without stopping at any destination. The tour guide was very friendly and provided an array of information. He even went on to mention that if we were to get Red Socks fever that he can provide exorcisms especially to Yankee fans. No, we didn’t catch Red Socks fever but I did snap some pictures from the trolley window like the one below.

Before we knew it is was time to return to South Station and we were headed back to our starting point. But before we left behind Congress Street I needed to snap some shots of this historical city. We also visited the Quincy Market which was filled with people probably keeping warm away from the cold. Quincy Market has numerous food options from lobster rolls to Starbucks. So if you are need of something sweet or filing visit the Quincy Market, trust me you will not be disappointed.

 

Overall, it was a marvelous day trip and plan on returning in the spring or summer. Our tour guide informed us that reenactments happen during those months. Plus, you can do so much more. By then the weather will also be pleasant and I can finally explore the city in depth. My plan for my next trip over is to explore Chinatown, Harvard, go on a Swan ride, and possibly take a Duck tour. If you are not familiar with a Duck tour its basically a tour that takes you into Charles River with a splash. So if you are headed up there during the warmer months be sure to check out the Swan rides, Duck tours, and other amazing events.

Nos vemos pronto (see you soon)…Gigi 

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Harlem, New York City

The weather is becoming unpleasantly colder in New York City. So I thought of visiting my favorite coffee shop in Harlem… {Drum roll please} of course The Monkey Cup. I can literally say I’ve been there for them since day 1 when they opened.

This time I was surprised with a beautifully decorated paper bag and a monkey on my cup!
Best of all now they offer reward cards for every time you stop by and grab your Monkey cup.  
  

So make your way to this local coffee shop when you’re nearby.

If you are wondering why I haven’t posted anything lately. It’s because of this cool blog that is called Auténtico Nueva York. So calling all Spanish speakers this blog is all about what to do and see during your stay in the Big Apple.

Until Next Time! 

Get Ready to Vote, Harlem! 

Harlem, New York City

Are you ready to vote for the next Miss Harlem Shake?

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The votes end this week, so basically in a few hours. It’s never too late to vote! All you have to do is visit Harlem Shake at 100 west 124th street. Plus, it’s a great spot to catch up with friends this Friday.

2. The winner will be announced Septemeber 13th.

3. The winner will be part of the African American Day parade on Septemeber 21st.

Here are the candidates:

· Alison Mixon

Alison is a professional dancer and Juilliard graduate specializing in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre who also teaches at Alvin Alley Dance Theatre. She is competing on behalf of the Children’s Aid Society which offers early childhood educational programming to kids in the Harlem community.

· Regine Gilbert

Regine is a UX Designer with a passion for accessibility, design and tech. She is a proud member of NY Cares and Teaches a Project Runway Apprenticeship at Citizen Schools. She is competing on behalf of Children’s Aid Society-Dunlevy Milbank Center on W118th, a comprehensive community facility that includes medical and dental services, mental health services, preventative information, family wellness, child care and more.

· Amanda Mobley

Amanda works as an interior designer, event producer and commercial print model. She is competing on behalf of the Church of the Master Mentoring Program.

· Francheska Rivera

Francheska is a Production Assistant and Freelancer. She is an aspiring photographer who enjoys yoga, biking, jogging and fashion. She is competing on behalf of Harlem Hospital (Center), a teaching hospital associated with Columbia that provides health care to economically disadvantaged communities and is one of the largest US training centers for minority and female physicians.

· Limore Dooley

Limore is a wellness education specialist who promotes well-being through nutrition, physical activity, hydration, sleep quality and relaxation. Blogs at http://www.limorekurtzdooley.com/. She is competing on behalf of Harlem Children’s Zone, a non-profit organization for poverty-stricken children and families living in Harlem that provides free support in the form of parenting workshops, pre-school programs, three public charter schools and child-oriented health programs.

· Kristyan Gilmore

Kristyan is an attorney who graduated from Howard University School of Law. She is competing on behalf of the Harlem Business Alliance, a group that works to reverse the void that resulted from years of disinvestment in Harlem.

Be sure to visit Harlem Shake for the best burgers and shakes in our beloved neighborhood.

Good luck to all the contestants!

 

 

Flash Back Friday 

Harlem, New York City

High Bridge Edition. This place is a must visit. So plan a trip over to the High Bridge. Fall is soon approaching and the view will be epic.

Directions: Enter the Highbridge Park at 172nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue and walk east to the High Bridge Water Tower Terrace staircase down to the bridge level. If entering from the Bronx side, enter at University Avenue and 170th Street in Highbridge, Bronx.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Upcoming Events! 

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Hey there amigos (friends)! 

Here’s a round up of upcoming events for what’s left of July and next month August.

High Bridge Festival – Also don’t forget to attend the High Bridge Festival* today from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm. It will be a fun way to spend the day with family and friends. Maybe even make new friends along the way. 

*Plus a special SummerStage performance by Jose Peña Suazo y La Banda Gorda at 7:00 p.m.

  The City Museum of New York and El Museo del Barrio presents Uptown Bounce every Wednesday until August 12th. From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and it’s FREE. So get ready for gallery talks and breakdancing.  

  Harlem is full of diversity! And what better way to celebrate it’s rich culture than by going to the Giglio Di Sant’ Antonio Festival in East Harlem. So come and enjoy a meraviglioso (wonderful in Italian) time. 

Ciao (bye) for now