April 16, 2010

Around the Corner.

In keeping with the theme of local, handmade, and all that inspires, I recently started to do a bit of adventure-seeking in the New York metropolitan area on the cheap and have decided to take you with me.

As a native New Yorker, I am continuously impressed with what exploratory treasures can be found just around the corner.  Today, I begin with a few gems found in my backyard, Morningside Heights, Manhattan, to show that you really needn't go far or broke for inspiration or history.

A few little factoids for you:

The General Grant National Memorial, or Grant's Tomb, is the second largest mausoleum in the Western Hemisphere.
Location: 122nd St & Riverside Drive
Cost: Free (Yup, you can walk right in and all around.  It's beautiful and is surrounded by Riverside Park.)
Columbia University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.
Location: 116th & Broadway (a beautiful shortcut to Amsterdam Ave)
Cost of walking through: Free. Cost of tuition: Another story ;)
Tom's Restaurant is where the Seinfeld gang enjoyed so many of their cups of coffee (in TV land). 
Location: 112th St & Broadway
Cost: Well, the picture is free. The coffee is not. ;)
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the largest cathedral in the world!
Location: 112th St & Amsterdam Ave
Cost to check out this architectural wonder: Free
So, what's around your corner?  In the comments section, please offer suggestions for my upcoming adventures and they just may be featured in the next Around the Corner!  They can be anything interesting to do or see in the New York Tri-State Area such as touristy sights, museums, galleries, monuments, artsy, cultural, educational events, crafty fairs, shows, markets, and the like for *free* or close to it.  Thank you!

See you next time.  Have a super weekend!


Virginia Kraljevic



17 comments:

MarketsNYC said...

Lovely posting, great idea! Come to the West Village and visit the Highline! And Hudson River Park piers, and Bleecker Street. And Sakura Hana for sushi. :)

Josh Travnver said...

this was super helpful..thanks!

Vera said...

This time of year is great to take a stroll and sightsee, these suggestions were great -- and I'm definitely going to Tom's Restaurant, I'm a BIG SEINFELD fan and I've never been. Thanks!

Bekim said...

this neighborhood rocks and these pics are fantastic

Violeta P.S. said...

Great article!!!
Best bet would be to start an early afternoon bike ride in Morning Side Heights (never forget your bike locks) then head over to PISTICCI for lunch and continue on the West Side Highway bike path downtown.

Anonymous said...

Great to have a native's perspective! You'll never run out of things to see in this city!

Brando said...

Thanks for sharing:D bonus** Central Park is around the corner

Selvie BP said...

Great post! I've seen all of these places and more. Having three children I find the Central Park relaxing. The Intrepid is a great museum to visit. After the Intrepid, a walk down the path will lead to great wonders-a huge sprinkler for kids to ran through! Great pictures!

zonia07 said...

love your suggestions! specially "tom's restaurant" since i'm a huge Seinfeld FAN fanatic.., Will sure stop by for a cup of coffee, see you there!

Simone said...

Grant's tomb! I didn't even know that was in NYC. Will definitely check it out. Thanks so much

Mindy said...

Awesome posting and great pics!!
Thanks for reminding us how lucky we are to live in NYC!

Lorrie Veasey said...

This inspires me to leave the house this weekend....

Virginia said...

Thanks so much for your suggestions! Keep 'em coming!

Anonymous said...

Super idea, great photos! New York City is a glittering jewel for walks and an endless array of sights. Really enjoyed this, keep up the good work.

a Studio by the Sea said...

So cool! I've never been up that way!

Metalicious said...

Fantastic post Virginia! How about you come to Chelsea and go gallery hopping? And then rollerblade down the west side highway for a gorgeous view across the Hudson. Don't forget to stop by the Frying Pan for a burger. Or my house for some cookies!

Karina said...

I've spent much of my NYC life in Morningside Heights and love it! While you're up there, definitely try the best bagels in the city - Absolut Bagels at 2788 Broadway between 107th and 108th!