A Magical East River Ferry

The Brooklyn waterfront looks worlds apart from when I first saw it many years ago.

The expansion of the East River Ferry this year is changing the area even more. We hopped on a few weeks ago, and absolutely loved it, quickly adding to the "must take all visitors" list. It's breathtaking and beats any Circle Line tour - and it's only a few bucks.

The River Cafe under the Brooklyn Bridge.

The River Cafe under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Hop on at the DUMBO stop (after getting an almond croissant at Almondine, pizza at Juliana's, or fancy brunch at The River Cafe) and take it to 34th Street. You'll see a rapidly changing Brooklyn and Queens landscape. It's also quite fast, unlike the turtle-ing city tour boats.

Here's the East River ferry schedule and a great article from the New York Times on how the ferry is changing the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront. 

Long Island City, Queens.

Long Island City, Queens.

Once we got off at 34th Street, we wandered our way up to Central Park, which made for a pretty great cross-borough walking in NYC kind of day. Anyone else obsessed with their step count on the iPhone? I live for the 20,000+ steps kind of days. 

The 34th Street stop.

The 34th Street stop.

Central Park.

Central Park.

Flowers in Bloom in Central Park

I hope these photos put a smile on your face like they do for me! When Central Park is awash in spring beauty and color, I try to spend as much time as possible there. It's like the ultimate Garden of Eden. Every time, I feel like I've walked down a new path or climbed a new rock. I see the carousel and can't wait to take my own kids there. Writing and researching my Behind the Scenes in Central Park story for National Geographic this year made me fall more in love with these 843 acres.

National Geographic: Behind The Scenes in Central Park

Certain pieces are more fun to write than others - and I had such a wonderful time researching and writing this piece about Central Park and interviewing the President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. Did you know the park is divided into 49 zones and each zone has its own head gardener to keep everything running smoothly? I love spending time in the park, even now, when it's 25 degrees out.

Summer Scene: Central Park

August hasn't been too hot here in New York.  I've spent at least 1-2 hours each day outside on neighborhood walks.  I snapped these two scenes on a Central Park walk.  One was a kid's birthday party, which I thought was so adorable.  And the other is sunbathers in Sheep Meadow, baking themselves as much as possible before winter comes again.

Birthday Party in Central ParkSheep Meadow