Taking in the View(s)

No matter how long you’ve been in New York, there’s always a new spot to discover where the city can take your breath away.

#holidays-and-special-occasions, #independence-day-us-july-4, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas

In Juneteenth Celebration, New Yorkers Commemorate Seneca Village

On Juneteenth, a commemoration tells the story of a community that was displaced when the park was created in the 1850s.

#adams-eric-l, #black-people, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #juneteenth, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #slavery-historical

Developers Embrace Passion for Pickleball

The growing sport has lured investors eager to cash in on its popularity, opening courts in former warehouses and vacant big-box stores, and adding food and other entertainment options.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pickleball-sport, #real-estate-commercial

Hiking Down to Phantom Ranch, the Grand Canyon’s ‘Destination Hotel’

The entire point of the unique place is the experience involved in getting there.

#grand-canyon-ariz, #hikes-and-hiking, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations

Rockaway Beach Is Partially Closed. That’s Not Stopping These Beachgoers

Access is restricted along a popular stretch of the beach until at least mid-July because of work to protect the shoreline from coastal flooding.

#beaches, #coast-erosion, #coastal-areas, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rockaway-beach-queens-ny, #summer-season

Summer Camp for All

It’s hard to imagine a more ideal escape for young people living through an extraordinary time of grief, loneliness and upheaval.

#american-camp-assn, #bank-street-college, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #federal-aid-us, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #medicine-and-health, #mental-health-and-disorders, #minorities, #new-york-city, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #philanthropy, #poverty, #psychology-and-psychologists, #summer-season, #youth

8 of the Best Bike Trails in the U.S.

Tens of thousands of miles of abandoned railroad tracks have been developed into recreational paths since the 1960s. Here are scenic pathways through deserts, valleys, mountain passages and more.

#arizona, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #california, #cheshire-conn, #cheyenne-wyo, #children-and-childhood, #coeur-dalene-idaho, #colorado, #cumberland-md, #cycling-mountain-bike, #downieville-calif, #farmington-conn, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #laramie-wyo, #minnesota, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #railroads, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #travel-and-vacations, #washington-county-md

The Battle for an Open-Air Gym at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park

Marcus Garvey Park has been in disrepair for years. Jamel Ali turned a corner of it into an open-air gym.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bethel-gospel-assembly-manhattan-ny, #exercise, #garvey-marcus-park-manhattan-ny, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #playgrounds

Where to Enjoy Cherry Blossoms in N.Y.C.

Though the earliest cherry trees have already begun blooming, there are weeks of pink and white flowers ahead.

#brooklyn-botanic-garden, #flowers-and-plants, #new-york-botanical-garden, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #spring-season

The Next Level in Sustainability: Nature Restoration

Developers are no longer aiming to simply preserve nature, but are actively restoring it as a selling point for their projects.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #expedia-inc, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sustainable-living

These Weed Sellers Aren’t Waiting for Permits: ‘Like a Dream Come True’

Here’s what it’s like to walk through Washington Square Park in Manhattan in the wake of legalization.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #law-and-legislation, #manhattan-nyc, #marijuana, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #washington-square-park-manhattan-ny

Central Park Brush Fires May Have Been Deliberately Set, Officials Say

A series of fires in the park’s North Woods section were extinguished without injuries or serious damage.

#arson, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #fires-and-firefighters, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas

A Million More Trees for New York City: Leaders Want a Greener Canopy

The city’s five borough presidents are also urging the mayor to honor a pledge to spend 1 percent of the municipal budget on parks.

#adams-eric-l, #environment, #new-york-city, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #politics-and-government, #trees-and-shrubs

Winter Camping: No Bugs, Few People and the Cold

Understanding the activity’s unique challenges, and taking the time to plan and prepare, make the experience enjoyable and safe.

#camps-and-camping, #cold-and-cold-spells, #content-type-service, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #recreational-equipment-inc, #sierra-club, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas, #winter-season

How Disability Advocates Are Pushing to Make Hiking More Accessible

Outdoor enthusiasts with disabilities are pushing to encounter nature on their own terms, with self-written guides, better equipment and even guide dogs trained for the backcountry.

#disabilities, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #hikes-and-hiking, #house-natural-resources-committee, #national-park-service, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #service-dogs-and-other-animals, #travel-and-vacations, #wheelchairs

A Music Museum Opens in the Heart of Hungary’s Culture Wars

At City Park in Budapest, a building project has come to exemplify the politics of Viktor Orban, the country’s far-right prime minister.

#budapest-hungary, #fujimoto-sou, #house-of-music-hungary-budapest-hungary-museum, #hungary, #museums, #music, #orban-viktor, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #politics-and-government

In Vermont, a Town Saved a Mountain, and a Mountain Saved a Town

After the Ascutney ski resort in Vermont closed because of erratic snowfall and mismanagement, it threatened to take with it the nearby town of West Windsor. The community took the situation into its own hands.

#alpine-skiing, #global-warming, #nonprofit-organizations, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #skiing, #snow-and-snowstorms, #travel-and-vacations, #trust-for-public-land, #vermont

The Art Design for Abolitionist Place in Brooklyn Moves Forward

Despite an ongoing legal challenge, New York City is going ahead with a plan for artwork at a new park that will feature messages of social justice, not the statuary some had sought.

#abolitionist-place-brooklyn-ny, #adams-eric-l, #art, #black-people, #cultural-affairs-department, #downtown-brooklyn-brooklyn-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #politics-and-government, #public-design-commission-nyc, #rasheed-kameelah-janan, #slavery-historical

They Chopped Down a Centuries-Old Tree. Now They Face Felony Charges.

Todd Jones and his sister, Laurel Hoffman, were charged with grand theft for chopping down a black walnut tree near their property outside Cleveland, according to the police.

#cleveland-ohio, #cuyahoga-county-ohio, #hoffman-laurel-1967, #jones-todd-1965, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #robberies-and-thefts, #trees-and-shrubs

Prehistoric Rock Art ‘Irreparably Damaged’ by Vandals, Officials Say

Geometric rock carvings that are believed to be at least 3,000 years old were scratched with names and dates at Big Bend National Park in Texas.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #big-bend-national-park-tex, #graffiti, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #vandalism

Seneca Village and the Search for the Black Utopia

Seneca Village has more stories to tell about Black lives in New York City.

#art, #beachler-hannah, #black-people, #brown-john-1800-59, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #douglass-frederick, #gloucester-elizabeth-a-1817-83, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #politics-and-government, #seneca-village-manhattan-ny, #slavery-historical

Governors Island Is Open for the Winter. Will New Yorkers Visit?

Governors Island, a popular summer retreat reachable only by ferry, is now open year-round.

#cross-country-skiing, #governors-island-manhattan-ny, #ice-skating, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #winter-season

A Ferry Is Coming to Coney Island. Here’s Why Some Residents Are Angry.

Critics are concerned the ferry service would release toxic pollution and disrupt the habitat of horseshoe crabs, toppling an entire food chain.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #birds, #catsimatidis-john-a, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #crabs, #environment, #ferries, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #transit-systems

Does Your Dog Deserve a Private Park?

When no ordinary fire hydrant will do, New York City offers multiple members-only dog parks, for annual fees ranging from free to $2,200.

#dogs, #new-york-city, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas

Afrofuturist Room at the Met Redresses a Racial Trauma

“Before Yesterday We Could Fly,” a novel approach to the period room, threads together past, present and future. It focuses on Seneca Village, a Black community whose erasure still reverberates.

#africa, #art, #beachler-hannah, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-panther-movie, #black-people, #crosby-njideka-akunyili, #fifth-avenue-manhattan-ny, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #race-and-ethnicity, #seneca-village-manhattan-ny

A Cross Country Skiing Trip Through Maine’s Wilderness

An effort to conserve the state’s 100 Mile Wilderness has created one of the best lodge-to-lodge cross-country ski routes in the United States.

#appalachian-mountain-club, #content-type-service, #cross-country-skiing, #maine, #mountains, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #snow-and-snowstorms, #travel-and-vacations

Doctor Charged With False Report to Summon Helicopter on Denali

Federal prosecutors said the climber called rescuers to say that two other people on the mountain, the tallest in North America, were having a medical emergency. But it was a ruse.

#alaska, #anchorage-daily-news, #helicopters, #mountaineering, #national-park-service, #north-america, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rescues, #united-states, #utah

Treasure Hunter Who Got Lost in Yellowstone Must Repay Cost of Rescue

Mark Lantis had to be airlifted by helicopter while searching for treasure buried by the eccentric art collector Forrest Fenn. Three courts have said he has to pay a $2,880 fine.

#airlifts, #appeals-courts-us, #fenn-forrest-1930, #helicopters, #hikes-and-hiking, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #the-thrill-of-the-chase-book, #treasure-troves, #wyoming, #yellowstone-national-park

Lights Out: 5 New ‘Dark-Sky Places’ for Top-Shelf Stargazing

The International Dark-Sky Association awards certifications to sites with exceptionally high-quality night skies, including national parks, sanctuaries and reserves.

#appalachian-mountain-club, #black-gap-wildlife-management-area, #chiricahua-national-monument-az, #international-dark-sky-assn, #lighting, #mammoth-cave-national-park, #milky-way-galaxy, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pollution, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states, #watoga-state-park-w-va, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

Will World-Class Architecture Bring Civic Pride Back to Memphis?

Spurred by Herzog & de Meuron’s new art museum and a rethought waterfront park by Studio Gang, city leaders turn to design to make a downtown for “everyone.”

#area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #black-people, #gang-jeanne, #herzogde-meuron, #memphis-tenn, #memphis-brooks-museum-of-art, #museums, #national-civil-rights-museum, #orff-kate-1971, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #studio-gang-architects

Taking the Loop Less Traveled on the Oregon Coast

The Three Capes area offers a quieter version of the classic road trip, with rugged scenery and hidden beaches off the main highway.

#camps-and-camping, #hikes-and-hiking, #oregon, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #vans

Wild Animals Are Thriving in New York City Right Now

New York is now ‘the greenest big city on earth,’ one naturalist said. Some creatures have noticed, and are staying for a while.

#animals, #area-planning-and-renewal, #audubon-society-national, #benepe-adrian, #birds, #charlop-powers-sarah, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #floods, #flowers-and-plants, #greenbelt-native-plant-center, #natural-areas-conservancy, #new-york-city, #new-yorkers-for-parks, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #pesticides, #wetlands, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

The Park Bench Is an Endangered Species

In a world that wants you to pay for everything, public seating is becoming a luxury.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #china, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #urban-areas

Alisal Fire in California Consumes 6,000 Acres in 24 Hours

The fire, which started near Santa Barbara on Monday, forced evacuations and shut down parts of Route 101, according to fire officials.

#alisal-fire, #cal-fire, #california, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #santa-barbara-calif, #santa-ynez-mountains-calif, #wildfires

Rucker Park, a Basketball Mecca, Gets New Life

Rucker Park in Harlem has been a proving ground for amateurs and professionals for generations. “We don’t come there giving you roses,” one player said. “You got to earn it.”

#area-planning-and-renewal, #asap-ferg, #basketball, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-players-assn, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #philanthropy, #playgrounds, #roberts-michele-a, #rucker-holcombe-park-harlem-ny

Woman Jailed for Close Encounter With Grizzly and Cubs at Yellowstone

The woman was sentenced to four days in jail and was barred from the park for a year for not yielding space to the bear and three cubs.

#animals, #bears, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #yellowstone-national-park

Some States Want to Charge for Rescuing Lost Hikers

The coronavirus pandemic sent a surge of inexperienced hikers into the wilderness. Many ran into trouble. Now states are looking to bill them for costly search and rescue operations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #hawaii, #hikes-and-hiking, #new-hampshire, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rescues, #south-dakota

8 Places to Visit Along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway

With an autumnal ombré and cooler temperatures, fall is prime time for journeying along this Appalachian Mountain roadway.

#appalachian-region, #autumn-season, #blue-ridge-parkway-va, #content-type-service, #hikes-and-hiking, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #road-trips, #travel-and-vacations, #virginia

Three Men Are Charged With Approaching Bears in Alaska

The men could face up to six months in prison after entering a restricted area of Katmai National Park and Preserve in 2018.

#bears, #katmai-national-park-alaska, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas

‘America’s Oldest Park Ranger’ Is Only Her Latest Chapter

Betty Reid Soskin has fought to ensure that American history includes the stories that get overlooked. As she turns 100, few stories have been more remarkable than hers.

#black-history-continued-2021, #black-people, #national-park-service, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #soskin-betty-reid, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Yellowstone National Park Sets August Record for Visitors

The park had more than 920,000 recreational visits in August, surpassing its previous busiest August on record, in 2017, when crowds came out to watch a solar eclipse.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #norris-geyser-basin-museum-yellowstone-national-park, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-warnings, #yellowstone-national-park

How Is Climate Change Altering Your Favorite Places?

We’d like to hear from readers all over the world about how climate change is affecting your favorite places.

#global-warming, #hikes-and-hiking, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #wildfires

Squaw Valley Resort, Acknowledging ‘Racist and Sexist’ Name, Changes It

The resort, the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, will now be known as Palisades Tahoe.

#california, #native-americans, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #skiing, #squaw-valley-ski-resort

Woman Sentenced to 7 Days in Jail for Walking in Yellowstone’s Thermal Area

The authorities used her case to warn the public about the dangers of the park’s hot springs, geysers and steam vents.

#madeline-casey, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #norris-geyser-basin, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #yellowstone-national-park

He’s Still Fighting Developers for the Park His Father Founded

A large, contaminated tract of Liberty State Park in New Jersey will be cleaned and cleared for trails, sports fields and wetlands.

#department-of-environmental-protection-nj, #exxon-mobil-corp, #golf, #jersey-city-nj, #liberty-island-nyc, #liberty-national-golf-club-jersey-city-nj, #liberty-state-park, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #sam-pesin, #statue-of-liberty, #volunteers-and-community-service

A Walk in the Park, 3,000 Feet Up

“Everything in your body is telling you not to do this,” said Breannah Yeh, a professional slackliner whose bouncy escapades have entertained millions on TikTok. So why does she?

#california, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #tightrope-walking, #tiktok-bytedance, #travel-and-vacations

Londoners Were Promised a Hill With a View. They Got a Pile of Scaffolding.

The $2.7 million Marble Arch Mound was meant to create a new attraction for visitors in the middle of London. But the reality of the project is falling short of expectations.

#hyde-park-london-england, #london-england, #marble-arch-mound, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas

Allan Reiver, Who Built a Little Urban Oasis in New York, Dies at 78

When he saw a vacant lot three decades ago, he said, “I thought I could make something beautiful out of it.” The result was the Elizabeth Street Garden.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #deaths-obituaries, #elizabeth-street-garden-manhattan-ny, #gardens-and-gardening, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #reiver-allan

No Place to Go When You Need to Go? These New Yorkers Have Ideas

The pandemic ignited a conversation about the use of public space, but the city’s lack of public restrooms has led to long lines and some uncomfortable situations.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #bryant-park-manhattan-ny, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #mccarren-park-brooklyn-ny, #new-york-city, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #prospect-park-brooklyn-ny

Celebrating Pride Around the City

After a more subdued 2020, we’re closing out a revived Pride Month with parties, demonstrations and family celebrations.

#art, #black-people, #central-park-summerstage, #dancing, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #museums, #music, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #summer-season, #transgender-and-transsexuals