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There are several family-friendly activities, including crafts and cooking demos, taking place around the city this month.

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A must-stop home for fall in the Catskills

I’ve been “doing” the Hudson Valley and Catskills for decades now, yet somehow missed Olana, a historic house and grounds designed by Frederic Edwin Church. He was a pioneer in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. True to the vital role artists play in defining both their time period and pushing us into the…

Green-Wood Cemetery

In these waning days of fall, there’s only one place I can think of to immerse in art, trees, celebrity, the existential questions of life and death: Green-Wood Cemetery. The national landmark is the perfect backdrop right now for a family outing. If your brood is like mine — a range of ages, interests and…

Shirley Chisholm State Park

By Angelina Nelson Hidden behind the Belt Parkway in East New York are 10 miles of both biking and walking trails. Shirley Chisholm State Park opened in July 2019 after the Penn and Fountain Landfills were transformed into 407 acres of grassland which features waterfront access.  We started on the Oystercatcher Trail and later discovered…

The Bruce Museum

Winter is a great time to visit museums and here’s one that sits by the sea. The Bruce Museum (no, it’s not about Springsteen) has been holding exhibitions in Connecticut since 1912. Its permanent collection includes works of the leading American Impressionists who once gathered in the nearby Cos Cob Art Colony, as well as objects and…

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Nestled at the base of the Pocono Mountains, Jim Thorpe is a picturesque town full of European charm. At around 2.5 hours from New York City, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled far European charm. At around 2.5 hours from New York City, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled far beyond Pennsylvania. 


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