Citi-bikes

Manhattan er stille og rolig ved at blive en cykelby, inden for de sidste par år er der kommet flere og flere cykelstier i byen, og nu er der også kommet by-cykler/Citi-bikes op, som man kan leje.

Utrolig velholdte cykler, og det er nemt at leje en cykel

1. lej fra en cykel-station 2. cykel dig en tur 3. retuner cyklen ved hvilken som helst cykel-station

Cyklerne er til rådighed hele døgnet – hele ugen – hele året. Man har valgt at placere cykelstationerne ved de mest populære steder i byen og ved de offentlige transport knudepunkter i byen.

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DSC01590Du lejer en cykel ved en af touchscreen standere, som guider dig igennem med hvordan du lejer en cykel.

Man skal vælge om man vil have et pass (adgang) til 24 timer, 7 dage eller et Annual Membership.

24 timer pass koster 9,95$+tax, 7 dags pass koster 25$+tax og et Annual Membership koster 95$+tax.

For 24 timer og 7 dags pass – er det gratis at cykle i 30 min. pr. tur, alt ud og der bliver der opkrævet ekstra for. For et Annual Membership er det i 45 min.

Se mere om priser HER

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DSC01591Der anbefales at hvis man skal leje en cykel for én hel dag, at man istedet lejer en cykel hos en af de lokale cykel-udlejningsbutikker.

(it is now possible to rent a city bike in the city.)

A day trip to Woodbury Common Outlet

Mens jeg var i New York, valgte vi at bruge én dag i Woodbury Common Outlet.

Vi valgte at køre med Gray Line da de havde de fleste afgangstider og vi gav 42$ for tur/retur billet pr. person, også er der ingen bestemte tider du skal tage frem og tilbage på, du vælger selv hvornår.

Billetterne til bussen kan du købe på Time Square Visitor Center, det ligger på adresse: 1560 Broadway (lige ved Duffy Square – den store røde trappen på time Square) – åbningstider: Mon- Fri, 9am- 7pm Sat- Sun, 8am- 8pm.

Så tager man ellers bussen fra Port Authority Bus Terminal som ligger ikke så langt derfra (adressen er: 8th Avenue & 42nd Street)

Gray Line køreplan

Vi var så heldige at nå bussen som var ved at køre, så vi nåede derud en god tid før vi havde planlagt, dejligt med ekstra tid til at shoppe i. Vi tog den ene butik efter den anden, og nåede måske kun ½ delen af alle butikker, inden vi var godt mætte af at gå rundt i varmen og shoppe, vi var vel derude i godt 6 timer, så sæt gerne én hel dag af til dette.

Du kan her se deres liste over butikker: HER

Når man vil tilbage til byen, hopper man bare på bussen der hvor man stod af. Dog skal man ikke gå i panik over at folk godt kan stå med andre busbilletter end en selv, men bussen tilbage er bare en alle-bus tilbage til byen.

Super nemt……

(Du kan også læse mit indlæg om Woodbury HER)

Snowshoeing in the Catskills

While New York City is known for its man-made attractions (yes, even Central Park!), mother nature in all her glory lies right outside the city limits, sometimes less than an hour’s drive from the city.

This time around we went snowshoeing in the Catskill Mountains, not far from Woodstock and West Point, about and hour and a half from the city. We joined a group organized by Outdoorbound.com which specializes in active vacations, hikes and such. They provide the instruction and, of course, snowshoes. They also offer transportation from NYC as part of the package (because most New Yorkers don’t own cars), although we opted to drive there ourselves (because I’m not like most New Yorkers, and because there was no room left in the van for our entire group.)

Not knowing anything about snowshoeing, I thought we would be using something that looks like a big tennis racket that would allow us to float above beautiful sheets of virgin snow. That was not the case. The new generation of snow shoes are made of sturdy plastic with serrated edges for traction. You still sink into unpacked snow, but you can walk almost effortlessly within a groove packed by other snowshoe-ers. I was also surprised by the amount of noise – albeit pleasant noise – produced by the snowshoes.

Since it was a very cold day, around -5C, I started the trip wearing three layers of warm clothes. Ten minutes in, though, I was dying of heat. Lesson learned–allow enough room in your bagpack for whatever clothing you peel off. Also, you need to bring along lots of liquid and snacks, enough for five or six hours on the trail.

The difficulty of walking in the snow is about the same as an intense hike. After about an hour of moderate uphill trekking we reached the foot of the mountain, where it became really steep. That’s where the snowshoes’ serrations really helped. Once you apply enough pressure you don’t slip, and you can relatively easily climb paths that would be otherwise impossible to scale. Going down is much easier, and in many cases involves just sitting on your bottom and letting gravity work for you.

Next up–skiing in Vermont. Stay tuned.

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Washington DC and Bethesda, MD

Many visitors to NYC also visit Washington DC. However, most (admittedly, including myself) never bother to visit Washington’s satellite towns, most notably Bethesda and Georgetown.

We stayed an entire weekend with friends who live on the outskirts of DC. Saturday morning the five of us – four adults and a two-year-old – mounted our bikes and took the beautiful Little Falls trail to downtown Bethesda. It has the charm of a small town, with no chain stores (except for a Barnes & Noble book store, but that’s ok) or chain restaurants in sight. There’s a little promenade area with outdoor restaurants, and lots of neighborhood-y stores, the kind of which you don’t find in NYC.

One exception, though – we came across an abnormally long line for a cupcake shop, which you’d expect in front of Magnolia bakery in the city. We found out that that bakery is featured in a bakery reality show (yes, there is such a thing) on the TLC channel.

Georgetown is a college town, which means that the crowd is younger, hipper and louder. More like the Village or SOHO in NYC.

Next morning we set our sites on DC. Again on our bikes, we rode about 8 km along the Potomac River to the National Mall – the park bounded by the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Museums and many other ‘nationals’, with the White House just a stone’s throw away. In the heart of the Mall is the Washington Memorial. The sight of the towering obelisk from the foot of the Capitol, reflected in the reflection pool, is astounding, no matter how many times you’ve visited.

The best way to get around DC, if you’re up to it, is by bike. Renting a car is a burden, since parking is very limited in the city center. There’s a double decker, hop-on, hop-off bus, which is very convenient, but you miss out on whatever’s between the tourist sites (and you might miss Sasha and Malia on the way home from school). There are many bike rental places around town, and the prices range from $15 a day to $25, depending on how close you are to the National Mall. You can take your bike on the Metro, if you’re staying in the outskirts of town. There are also guided bike tours of DC, which sounds like lots of fun.




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George Washington Bridge

Endelig lykkedes det mig at komme til at gå over George Washington broen. Det er en bro jeg flere gangen gerne har ville gå over, men først i går lykkedes det mig at komme til det.

Broen krydser Hudson River og er ikke på nogen måder så turistet som Brooklyn Bridge, men hellere ikke lige så flot, men stadig en imponerende bro.

(Finally I managed to get to go over the George Washington Bridge. It is a bridge I really would go over, but only yesterday I managed to do it
The bridge crosses the Hudson River and is in no ways as touristy as Brooklyn Bridge, but rather not as nice but still a impressive bridge.)

Botanical Garden

I lørdags tog vi i Botanical Garden som ligger i Bronx. Vejret var super godt til sådan en tur i smukke omgivelser. Haven er 100ha stor og vi nåede vist kun at se 1/4 del af parken på de 3 timer vi var der. Men vi tog også lige et foredrag om sommermad på godt 1/2 time med på turen 🙂 Haven har 50 forskellige haver og plantesamlinger og har verdens største samlig af plantebøger.

Ross Gallery and Lecture Hall

Ross Gallery and Lecture Hall

Haupt Conservatory

Haupt Conservatory

Haupt Conservatory

Desværre var det smukke Conservatory lukket pga. renovation, så vi kunne desværre ikke komme indefor og se det, skulle åben igen 19. november 2010.

Parken er beliggende 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126 og koster 20$ i entre.

Efter at have set de bygninger som vi meget gerne ville se, tog vi deres bus/tog rundt i parken, som virkelig kan anbefales, da man kan hoppe på/af som man har lyst til ved deres stoppesteder der er rundt i parken. Vi stod af ved Rockefeller Rose Garden som har en kæmpe samlig af forskellige roser, og gik ned til det lille vandfald der løber i nærheden.

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View ud over den smukke Rockefeller Rose Garden

Rockefeller Rose Garden

Rockefeller Rose Garden

Waterfall

Parken er bedst at besøge i slutningen af april starten af maj, da deres Cherry Blossom træer blomster, eller i slutningen af juni da de fleste af deres roser er sprunget ud og dufter skønt.

Smukke detajler

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Kort over haven

Hvis I tager hertil, kan det anbefales at tage toget fra Grand Central, da det stopper lige overfor Hovedindgangen til Haven, hvis I tager Subwayen, så skal I går et godt stykke for at kommer hertil, toget er meget nemmere (husk dog lige at tjekke afgangstiderne fra stationen, så I ikke skal sidde og vente for længe).

(This Saturday we went to Botanical Garden located in the Bronx. The weather was great for such a trip in beautiful surroundings. The garden is 100ha big, and we only seen one fourth part of the park in the three hours we were there. The garden has 50 different gardens and planting sessions and has the largest making-plant books. Unfortunately, the beautiful Conservatory was closed for renovation, so we could not get in and see it, but it will open again at the 19th November 2010. After seeing the buildings as we very much wanted to see, we took their bus / train around the park, which can really recommended since you can hop on/off as they please at their bus stops around the garden. We got off at Rockefeller Rose Garden that has a huge collection of different roses. The park is best to visit in late April early May when their Cherry Blossom trees flowers, or in late June when most of their roses is blown out and smells wonderful. If you go there, it is advisable to take the train from Grand Central, as it stops right opposite the main entrance to the garden)

Gospel in Harlem

Sidste søndag tog vi med mine forældre på en Gospeltur til Harlem. Vi valgte at købe turen igennem Citysightsny, da vi ikke helt vidste om hvilke kirker og om man bare kunne møde op som man havde lyst til i hvilken som helst kirke. Turen koster 55$ pr. person og varer i ca. 3,5 time.

Vi følte os virkelig som turister, men samtidig også mere sikker på at vi ville ankomme til en kirke som bød os velkommen og ikke så sig irriteret over os.

Turen starter med en bustur rundt i Harlem og Bronx hvor en guide fortæller os en masse om området, selv jeg fik lært en masse nyt på turen. Derefter gjorde vi et stop ved Manhattans ældste bygning Morris Jumel Mansion, som blev bygget i 1903, inden turen gik videre mod kirken som vi skulle opleve Gospel.

Kirken vi besøgte var The Greater Universal Baptist Church, som er en lille kirke, men stemningen var helt i top. Vi fik pladser på balkonen så vi kunne opleve hvordan en søndag i kirken foregår. Super stemning og ret spændende at opleve.

(Last Sunday we went with my parents at a Gospel tour of Harlem. We chose to buy the trip through Citysightsny because we do not quite know about the churches and if you could just turn up as we wanted in any church. The tour costs $ 55 per. person and lasts for approx. 3.5 hours.
We felt really as tourists, but also more confident that we would arrive at a church that welcomed us and not looked annoyed us.
The tour starts with a bus tour around Harlem and the Bronx where a guide tells us a lot about the area, I learned a lot new on the tour. Then we made a stop at Manhattan’s oldest building Jumelles Morris Mansion, built in 1903, before the trip went to the church as we were experiencing Gospel.
The church we visited was The Greater Universal Baptist Church, which is a small church.We got seats on the balcony so we could see how a Sunday of church going. Super atmosphere and quite exciting to experience.)