Working Vacation: New York
Things to Do When You're Traveling Through - Restaurants, Sites in New York
New York City
The largest city in the United States is made up of five boroughs. There are museums, attractions, and lots of entertainment options in NYC. Howard Rose is vice president of Rose Squared Productions, Inc., which has art shows in New Jersey. Spring Brookdale Park is June 18-19, in Bloomfield. Anderson Park is Sept. 17-18, in Montclair. Fall Brookdale Park is Oct. 15-16, in Bloomfield. There was also a Rose Squared show in Verona in May.
Rose recommends these restaurants:
- Rosa Mexicano
61 Columbus Ave. at 62nd St., New York, NY 10023
“Consistently good food at tolerable prices,” Rose said.
- Sushi Damo
330 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019
“Near Lincoln Center,” Rose said.
- Magnolia Bakery
200 Columbus Ave. (at 69th St.) New York, NY 10023 (and other locations)
“Perfect for desserts,” Rose said.
Sites Rose recommends:
- Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
“If you love crafts, this is a perfect museum. Not too big, on Columbus Circle,” Rose said.
- American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY 10023
Always free, small but unique,” Rose said.
- Little Island
Pier 55 in Hudson River, Park West 13th St., New York, NY 10014
Visit it for something different, Rose said.
Jacqueline Johnson lives in New York state and is the owner of JJ Attic.
Johnson recommends these sites:
- New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd., (Bronx) New York, NY 10458
“Fabulous,” Johnson said.
- Arthur Avenue
Center of the Bronx’s Little Italy, New York, NY
“Great Italian food and groceries,” Johnson said.
This village is north of New York City. Stacy Wilder is co-chair of the Armonk Outdoor Art Show, which is Oct. 1-2. She shared places to visit in the Hudson Valley. “There is much to do here, including a multitude of hiking and biking trails, plus outdoor art, museums, historic buildings, and properties,” she said. “There are many fabulous places to eat, from homemade ice creams to Michelin Star restaurants. It’s hard to narrow down so many great choices!”
Sites Wilder recommends:
- Hudson River Recreation
3 Veterans Plaza, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 (and other launch sites throughout the Hudson Valley)
“Explore the historic waterways of New York from the Hudson River,” Wilder said.
- Croton Gorge Park
35 Yorktown Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
“Park has impressive views of the dam and spillway. Also, fishing, picnicking, and hiking,” Wilder said.
Peggy Finnegan is the visual arts coordinator and treasurer of Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival, Inc. This year’s event is Sept. 10-11, in downtown Norwich. “Central New York is a very scenic and beautiful part of the country, with amazing architecture, great food, and friendly people,” Finnegan said. “Our fall foliage rivals anywhere else in the Northeast, and winter sports are everywhere. Summers are ideal with many opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping, and much more.”
Finnegan recommends these restaurants:
- Blarney Stone Pub
26 S. Broad St., #1, Norwich, NY 13815
“Casual atmosphere with good pub food and a variety of beers on tap, including popular seasonal brews,” Finnegan said.
- The Wild Owl
28 S. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815
“Good, locally sourced food, varied menu,” Finnegan said.
Site Finnegan recommends:
- Northeast Classic Car Museum
24 Rexford St., Norwich, NY 13815
“Fantastic collection of antique cars, trucks, etc.,” Finnegan said.
This city is on Lake Ontario. Bonni Oliver has a craft business and does shows in New York. She said there is much to do in Rochester. “Just 20 minutes north to the lake and all it has to offer. The Strong Museum is great with kids, the scavenger hunts (adults and kids) with Crazy Dash are awesome,” Oliver said. “Highland Park is stunning, especially in the spring when the lilacs are blooming and great for walking or biking. Seneca Park Zoo is a wonderful experience for all ages. Crush beer and wine tours are well worth the money.”
Restaurants Oliver recommends:
- Basha Mediterranean Eatery
2900 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY 14618
“Authentic food, excellent service. It was outstanding,” Oliver said.
- Zemeta Ethiopian Restaurant
1015-1009 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620
“Authentic food, excellent service, buffet style so you can try everything. Outstanding,” Oliver said.
Located in central New York, Cooperstown is known for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. This village also has other attractions, as well as restaurants, breweries, and outdoor recreation.
Finnegan recommends these sites:
Enjoy exploring this city in upstate New York. Ola Rubinstein is the director of Quail Hollow Events. Its Woodstock-New Paltz Fall Show is Sept. 3-5, and Handcrafted Octoberfest at Rhinebeck is Oct. 1-2.
Rubinstein recommends visiting:
- Olana State Historic Site
5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
“Olana was home to 19th century Hudson River School painter Frederic Church, and it wows from the moment visitors arrive at the historic landmark — one of the only intact estate-home-studios in the U.S. Many of Church’s original paintings adorn the walls of the large home, alongside artwork Church collected during his expansive travels and adventures. The home is a hybrid style; non-Western aesthetic traditions permeate the architecture and design. It is a must-see!” Rubinstein said.
This small village on the Croton River is about an hour north of New York City.
Wilder recommends this restaurant:
- Red Rooster Drive-In
1566 Route 22, Brewster, NY 10509
“Iconic ‘60s style fast food hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, and the best fries. Plus, a mini golf course and other activities for kids. A great family spot, and on the way to everywhere,” Wilder said.
A site Wilder recommends:
- Salinger’s Orchard
230 Guinea Road, Brewster, NY 10509
“Apple picking in season with seasonal crops all year. Country shop carries fresh pies, local honey, baked goods, candy, and gluten free items. Café offering baked goods, coffee, and dog treats,” Wilder said.
More Must-sees in New York
Jackie Hersh is the director of Artrider Productions, Inc. Its Rhinebeck Crafts Festival is June 25-26. Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst is Sept. 16-18, and Craft New York is Oct. 1-2. Artrider Productions also has a Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst show.
Hersh recommends these places:
- Mountain Brauhaus
3123 U.S. 44 Gardiner, NY 12525
“Authentic German cuisine, family-owned for decades,” Hersh said.
- Le Canard Enchaine
276 Fair St., Kingston, NY 12401
“Delicious, authentic French cuisine,” Hersh said.
- Lyndhurst Mansion
635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591
“Gothic-style mansion located on a sprawling 67 acres by the Hudson River. Where Crafts at Lyndhurst is held!” Hersh said.
Finnegan recommends these sites:
- New York Pizzeria & Restaurant
7 S. Main St., New Berlin, NY 13411
“Great food and friendly atmosphere,” Finnegan said.
- Fiesta Mexican Grill & Cantina
19 Clinton Plaza Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820
Authentic Mexican cuisine.
- Gorges, Gorges, and More Gorges
“Stunning scenery and hiking,” Finnegan said.
Wilder recommends these places:
17 Maple Ave., Armonk, NY 10504 (with locations also in Rye Brook and Yonkers)
“Consistently a Best of Westchester winner. Great artisanal pizzas and more in a rustic and relaxed setting,” Wilder said.
- Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY 12553
“Expansive outdoor sculpture park with dynamic exhibitions and programs,” Wilder said.
Rubinstein recommends these sites:
- Art Omi Sculpture & Architecture Park
1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075
“The drive to Ghent itself offers picturesque views of the Hudson Valley, and Art Omi is interactive, site-specific sculpture at its best! Visitors of all ages will have fun traversing nature trails on the park’s 120 acres, while exploring varied large-scale sculptures,” Rubinstein said.
- Opus 40
356 George Sickle Road, Saugerties, NY 12477
“Opus 40 inspires all who visit — both because of the awe-inspiring, sprawling sculpture series by Harvey Fite, as well as the environment that the sculpture park inhabits,” Rubinstein said.