This past month has been great for discovering New York even better. The heat waves went away and a nice warm, but not overwhelming, summer climate settled in – perfect for long walks through the multitude of districts the city has to offer.
After the initial touristic excitement faded off, I was happy to get to know the city more as a local, so I made the most of my leisure time to go through the areas I had not seen yet, such as Harlem, the Upper West Side and Flushing, Queens. My favorite discovery is by far Riverside Park, a longitudinal green area that extends throughout most of the Manhattan’s West limit, facing Hudson River and New Jersey. This park is not only great for a relaxed weekend walk, but it also holds the main bike infrastructure on the that connects Downtown Manhattan with the upper districts on the West side. I was impressed to see the simplicity of the space division, with cars, bikes and pedestrians sharing a narrow strip of land.
I also visited Long Island and enjoyed the natural beauties this area has to offer, together with the smaller, more intimate urban settlements, such as Patchogue and Port Jefferson. Of course, being so close to the famous Hamptons, I had to go and see for myself what all the fuss is about, and I was not disappointed. Southampton is a wonderful exclusive location, worth visiting at least for its picturesque streets and not-so-rare sightings of classic cars.
I am excited to keep peeling off the layers of NY, you never know what to expect next and I love being kept on my toes!