The New York Botanical Garden

by Nick David

New York Botanical Gardens is the epitome of nature’s beauty. This 250 acreage of year round natural terrain is one of New York’s mesmerized landmarks and landscapes. It is located at 200th Street and Kazimiroff Blvd. in Bronx, New York. More than 500,000 visitors visit the gardens yearly from all around the world.

The highlights featured at the Botanical Gardens are the 50 assorted plant collections and gardens, the current exhibitions, educational programs, research programs, and the sustainability of the horticulture.

The New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden

History of the Gardens

Founded in 1891, the Botanical Gardens today is one of the most visited public gardens in the world ranking up there with the Royal Botanical Gardens of London. The land and acreage was originally acquired by the city to create the gardens and a zoo. When Botanical Gardens are created it was part of the Lorillard Estate which was owned by Pierre Lorillard. It was declared a national historic landmark in 1967.


Gardens and Collections

The beautiful and diverse Native Plant Garden takes the spotlight with Northeastern North America native trees, ferns, wildflowers, and grass that flourish no matter the season.

Daylilies come in all shades of yellow, pink, orange, and red. There are 344 different types of these perennials that can be seen on the Daylily Walk showcase.

The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden is for all young explorers that are seeking the wonders of nature and science. This amazing world of masterminded mazes is a place for all kids to explore the larger than life flowers and hands on activities.

The Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden is where all imaginations and plants grow. This is where you can plant seeds, dig for dirt, play in the mud and learn all about your favorite foods from the other side of the globe.

The Forest is 50 acres of the largest discoveries of woodland. Walk the Native American trails while passing under trees that date back to the American Revolution.

Take a deep breath as you come upon the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden. The glee produced by the fragrance and the imperial visions of the gray, green, white and purple foliage’s take you to the relaxing state of heaven.

Surround yourself with beauty, fragrance and color when you visit the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. This award winning garden features environmental cultivars that has been proven durability within the landscape.

Dominating the tropical venue is the Waterlilies and Lotuses Garden, symbolized by the world’s largest water lily, Victoria Amazonica. People have appreciated the resilience of these plants for many years for their magic and conservatory of eternal life. Lotuses and Water Lilies are displayed in blue, purple, pink and yellow.


Visiting The New York Botanical Garden

In all honesty it doesn’t matter which time of the year you visit the Botanical Garden. It mesmerizes all year round for visitors of all ages. The plant collections and gardens are just two reasons to visit. There are many special events going on each day as well as tours, programs and special activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The Garden is open year round and is closed on major holidays. The Garden and Visitor Center Cafés are open every day but Mondays. For detailed hours and other important information please visit The Botanical Garden website.

Central Park Zoo in New York City

by Nick David

The Central Park Zoo is one of four zoos that are managed by the Widlife Conservation Society and has been around since 1988. It is located on the corner of Central Park at 64th Street and 5th Avenue. The zoo itself isn’t that big and is considered one of the smaller zoos. It was the first official zoo to open to native New Yorker’s.

The zoos culture grew rapidly attracting visitors from all around the world. It is a true natural habitat for animals to continue to live normal lives with the care that is needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle without being out in the wilderness.

For decades the park has become home to many visitors and animals. Thousands of visitors stop by frequently to witness the animals living in their natural habitat. In total there are more than 130 unique species. Making sure each animal is cared for and each visitor gets the true sensation of how wildlife survives is what Central Park Zoo is set out to do.

Central Park Zoo

History of the Zoo
History dates way back to the 1860’s when residents took it upon themselves to house animals of all nature. It was then approved in 1864 for construction to begin housing for the excess collection of animals that ranged from bears, birds to other wildlife. Funding was made available at a later date to finalize permanent structures for the animals.

Over the years, the zoo turned into a major attraction and was taken over by the Wildlife Conservation. Renovation began in the early 1980’s when the New York’s Parks department joined forces with the WCS to take the necessary steps to improve the structures and modernize the facility with replacing cages and improving habitats of all animals.

Animals and Exhibits
Animals from all walks of life can be found here. Mammals include California Sea Lion, Polar Bear, Red Panda, Snow Monkey and Snow Leopard. Four different types of birds are housed here including Bali Mynah, Scaly-Sided Merganser, King Eider and Gentoo Penguins. The final group is Reptiles and Amphibians.

Exhibits are an ongoing scheduled event with seven running regularly. All exhibits are educational providing tons of knowledge with each specie. Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard Exhibit, 4-D Theater, Temperate Territory, Central Garden and Sea Lion Pool, Polar Circle, Tisch Children’s Zoo and Tropic Zone: The Rainforest.

Animal profiles are available for each one as well as detailed information on each exhibit and other scheduled events that take place all year round.

Visiting Central Park Zoo
Planning your trip to Central Park Zoo is quite simple. There are many scheduled activities for the entire family to enjoy, dining options and a full events calendar to plan a successful trip. Many facilities are disability accessible and are available for guests to use. The Central Park Zoo is a great place to getaway if you want to explore nature’s wildlife, species from all points of the world or if you want to place an event. Before planning your next trip, visit the website to inquire about hours and rates.

Bryant Park in New York City

by Nick David

Bryant Park is a beautiful acreage of green lawns and tree lined foliage located amid 40th and 42nd Streets and from 5th and 6th Avenue in midtown Manhattan. It is located directly behind the New York Public Library. This is one of the more popular spots in the city for millions of locals and tourists from all around the world that visit on a daily basis.


Bryant Park in New York City


More than 900 people visit the park per acre daily. It offers several amenities for the entire family and was even awarded the title of “Best Bathroom in America” in 2002. The park is operated and managed by a private funding corporation; Bryant Park Corporation otherwise known as BPC. It was cofounded by Andrea Heiskell and Dan Biederman in 1980 and is the largest private management companies to fund a private park in the United States.


The main attraction is the lawn. It is a big expansion of grass and is the largest south of Central Park in Manhattan. Office workers are served lunch as well as a seating room offered for pedestrians to rest. Visitors are attracted to the many events that are held such as the Summer Film Festival, Fashion Shows, Ice Skating Rink and other major events.


History of the Park
It was back in 1686 when New York Colonial Governor Thomas Dongan designated the area where the park sits today as public space. Troops from the Battle of Long Island crossed the land in the 1700’s and in the beginning of the 1820’s the park was chosen as Potter’s Field. This was designated as a graveyard or cemetery for the poor. The bodies were then removed in 1840 and moved to Wards Island. Reservoir Square was the first site opened in 1847.


It wasn’t until 1884 when Reservoir Square was renamed after William Cullen Bryant. William Cullen Bryant was a well-respected and well known New York Evening Post editor and poet. Kiosks, facilities and terraces were added to the park in 1899.


Things to do
A day in the park will never get boring as there are plenty of interesting things for the whole family to enjoy while visiting. Reading Room, Le Carrousel, Ping Pong, Citi Pond, Holiday Shops, Southwest Porch, The Grounds, Petanque, Chess and Backgammon, Bryant Park Games, Bryant Park Grill and Café, Yoga Classes, Language Classes, Birds in Bryant Park, Shopping and a full events calendar are all offered on a regular basis to take part in.


Visiting the Park
Bryant Park is open daily with hours varying. Management reserves the right to change hours due to weather and other unsafe conditions. For hours please visit the official website or contact the park. To reach Bryant Park by subway take the B, D, F or M train to the park or take the 7 over to 5th Avenue. Click here to read more on Bryant Park.


Rules and regulations are enforced to keep the park as clean as possible with clean smoke free air and free of litter. All visitors must obey by the regulations before entering the park.