Our latest weekend excursion took us across to Roosevelt Island. This teensy sliver of land sits in the middle of the East River, between Manhattan and Queens, and is worth visiting mainly because you get to go by cable car.
Labor day weekend is fast approaching and with it the official end of summer (notwithstanding the fact that, if last year is anything to go by, the weather is likely to remain pleasant well into September). The end of August also brings the end of most the wonderful open-air cultural activities, so we’ve been doing our best to squeeze as many as we can into the time remaining.
Saturday just gone (August 17th) was the third and final Summer Streets event this year. We only found out about it a couple of days before, having missed the previous two, and were pleased to have made the discovery in time. Essentially what happens for Summer Streets is that Park Avenue is closed to traffic (except for at a handful of cross streets) from 73rd Street southwards. After Astor Place Lafayette Street takes up the route, enabling people to walk (or cycle) more-or-less undisturbed by four-wheeled traffic from the Upper East Side all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge.
We’re still reacclimatising to NYC after a busy two-week break in England. As usual, time away has made me more aware of normally-familiar surroundings, and I just thought I’d share a few snaps taken with my phone camera as I’ve been out and about over the last couple of days…