Elisa's Daily Scoop Covering Long Island & NYC Boroughs NEXT TRIP: : 5 DAYS: RHINEBECK, NY
Bronx or Bust (A little of both)
Well, first of all, let me say, "I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S JULY ALREADY!!! Wow, how did that happen lol.
The month certainly came in full force with hot, summer, New York weather. Beginning yesterday, it hit the mid-90's and today is another scorcher. But, that's what this season is all about, so no use complaining.
Now, I want to get into a re-cap of my day yesterday. As you know from my detailed description in yesterday's blog (click here if you missed it), I was headed up to the Bronx, with my best Bronx pal, Gianna, to Starlight Park.
We decided to get an extra early start and were doing pretty great.
First stop was right over the Throg's Neck Bridge to Fort Schuyler - YES!! We decided to just hit this destination since we were running ahead of schedule!
As you may have remembered, Fort Schuyler is located on the campus grounds of SUNY Maritime College, which is absolutely gorgeous in terms of its location - surrounded by the Long Island Sound!
It was the perfect day for photos - clear and sunny.
We were like the only ones there and basically had the grounds, Fort Schuyler and the Maritime Museum all to ourselves! We walked around the grounds, took pictures, and then went inside the museum and did the same.
Entrance to SUNY Maritime College at the foot of the Throgs Neck Bridge (c) travelincousins.com
Throgs Neck Bridge (c) travelincousins.com
Whitestone Bridge (c) travelincousins.com
Close up view of the Throgs Neck Bridge at SUNY Maritime College (c) travelincousins.com
Gianna comfy with the breeze blowing under a big old tree! (c) travelincousins.com
Gorgeous day overlooking the Long Island Sound on the grounds of SUNY Maritime College (c) travelincousins.com
"Construction of a fort on the Throggs Neck peninsula was first considered in 1818. A tract of 52 acres was purchased by the Federal Government from William Bayard in 1826 and construction of the fort began in 1833. In December 1845, the fort was ready for its armament of 312 seacoast and garrison guns, six field pieces, and 134 heavy guns.
The installation of the armament was completed in 1856, and the fortification was named Fort Schuyler, in honor of General Philip Schuyler, who commanded the Northern Army in 1777, and whose conduct of the campaign is credited with laying the groundwork for the final defeat and capture of Bugoyne by Schuyler's successor, General Horatio Gates."
Today, the Fort is part of the SUNY Maritime College with a lease being signed by then-NYS Governor and President-Elect, Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934. It remains the cornerstone of the college and is home to the Maritime Industry Museum.
Designations: U.S. National Register of Historic Places U.S. Historic District NYC Landmark *****
View of the Throgs Neck Bridge from inside the Fort, walking towards Museum (c) travelincousins.com
Tunnel leading to Museum (c) travelincousins.com
Me and my Bronx-travelin' girl (c) travelincousins.com
Throgs Neck Bridge (c) travelincousins.com
Next stop was Arthur Avenue, in the Bronx for a sweet "breakfast." Ok, I wouldn't necessarily call it breakfast, but it was sure enough sweet.
Gee, how I love this area of the Bronx!! I cannot emphasize enough to anyone visiting NYC, that Little Italy in the Bronx - and specifically Arthur Avenue - is a MUST-VISIT!!!
Little Italy in the Bronx (c) travelincousins.com
So many memories of my "Arthur Avenue" Summer, when I attended Fordham for summer classes and sub-let an apartment. I was filling Gianna in on a few of the stories from back in the day, when we found a great parking spot on Hugh's Avenue, off of Arthur Avenue!!
We walked around a bit, as I snapped away, taking pictures. Then, we decided to stop into DeLillo Pastry Shop on 187th Street, for what I'm calling "breakfast."
Actually, it was a chocolate cannoli for Gianna and tiramisu for me and a cappuccino for both of us!! Let me tell you - we savored our little meal, which got us off to a happy start, if not a healthy one.
Chocolate Cannoli, Tiramisu and 2 cappuccino's (c) travelincousins.com
About to take a forkful of my tiramisu (c) travelincousins.com
Frothy cappuccino (c) travelincousins.com
Look at all those desserts!!! (c) travelincousins.com
After we filled our tanks, it was onward to Starlight Park to meet up with a walking tour led by Bronx historian, Stephen Paul DeVillo.
We were running a tad late, so I called Mr. DeVillo, who was very gracious and said he would wait a bit for us to arrive and as we were ready to park...
...when MY PHONE RINGS - it's Kelsey, who stayed home with our little Punkin. Apparently, little Punkin must have a bit of an upset stomach and vomited a few times.
Well, (understandably), Kelsey was very nervous and worried about Punkin and was a bit more upset than I was comfortable leaving her alone (not to mention, I was worried about my puppy!), so Gianna and I made an executive decision to high tailed it back home to Long Island.
I know these things happen folks, but, I was highly disappointed that we could not get to the celebration at Starlight Park. But, never fear, I will be getting there soon!!! Going to look at my calendar for the next week and see when I can slot it in.
Since we returned home rather early, I cleaned a bit for my open house tomorrow. Then, I played chauffeur to Gianna in the late afternoon to meet her friends at the mall.
Kelsey, me and a resting Punkin (my fur baby must have just had an upset tummy because she didn't get sick anymore), watched a few episodes of Jane the Virgin, until I had to pick Gianna up from the mall.
Nothing too exciting for a Saturday night. This morning me and Kelsey will be heading out fairly early to hit the gym.
That's it for now!! Have a wonderful sunny Sunday!! -E xoxo
Tanya's Daily Scoop Covering the West Coast & the World NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 11 DAYS: WASHINGTON DC/VIRGINIA
Back from LA again...
Happy July 1st!!
Can you believe that it's already July??? YIKES!
Well we are into the second half of the year and there is lots more fun and travel to be had.
I'm in the midst of another busy weekend and heading to pick up a few things prior to the start of an awards ceremony that I am the Master of Ceremonies at and then a pool party.
So I am truly just bopping on here to share some pics as a quick recap from our yesterday.
There are plenty of details to be filled in, but alas I have no time at the moment and will need to do so later.
It also doesn't help that somehow although I typed up a draft and saved it - it still managed to vanish! You have no idea how frustrating that is.
Anyhow I must be on my way. Until sometime later, -Travelin' Tanya