Wave Hill | Renowned Botanical Garden & Cultural Center

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Wave Hill is a renowned botanical garden and cultural center nestled in the Bronx suburb of Riverdale. Once a private estate, it features 28 lush acres dotted with majestic trees and spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Palisades.

19th Century Mansion Becomes a Gift to the City

In the 1800’s, many wealthy Manhattanites built their country homes in this picturesque area of the Bronx, drawn by the beauty of the Hudson River highlands and the stunning vistas of steep cliffs across the river known as the Palisades. In 1843, jurist William Lewis Morris built Wave Hill House as his summer home. It was expanded further by later owners which included publishing magnate William Henry Appleton and J.P. Morgan partner George W. Perkins, who added greenhouses, a swimming pool and the facility which now serves as the Ecology Building. Perkins also bought the adjacent property and called it Glyndor House. It is now Wave Hill’s cultural center, featuring an art gallery and hosting educational programs.

Over the years, the estate was enriched with the goal of maximizing the beautiful views. The gardens were carefully cultivated and rare trees were added to the landscape. Perkins’ daughter Dorothy and her husband Edward W. Freeman renovated Wave Hill House in 1933, and the Perkins-Freeman family gifted the estate to the City of New York in 1960.

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The Gardens at Wave Hill House

Wave Hill is a slice of heaven for garden lovers and nature enthusiasts. It features 28 acres of woodland, carefully planted gardens and grounds dotted with benches perfect for sitting and admiring the surrounding beauty. Numerous specimens of trees including sugar maples, dove trees and bigleaf magnolia provide a majestic backdrop for the varied gardens that are planted throughout the year.

Highlights of this remarkable property include the Flower Garden, which showcases a stunning selection of plantings including new and vintage perennials, exotic flowers and annuals that burst with color.

Delicate plants from around the globe thrive all year round in the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory. Named for the estate’s founding horticulture director, the Conservatory is comprised of three glass houses: the Palm House with exotic plants such as bright South African bulbs, the Tropical House featuring plants from humid regions and the Cacti and Succulent House which is home to plants that come from areas in the world with little rainfall.

Inspired by the wild garden planted by notable 19th century garden designer and Irish writer William Robinson, the Wild Garden at Wave Hill boasts a selection of wild species from around the world. Visitors will be delighted by the vistas from this area of the estate as well as the gazebo which dates back to the early 1900s.

Famous Lodgers

The 16th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was just 12 years old when his family first rented Wave Hill in the summer of 1870. The family was taken with the beauty of the home and they spent the summer of 1871 at the sprawling estate as well.

From 1901 to 1903, celebrated American author Samuel Clemens, more commonly known as Mark Twain, leased Wave Hill. Author what is often referred to as the “Great American Novel” Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain was taken with the beauty of the grounds and constructed a treehouse in the branches of one of the great chestnuts on the lawn. Other illustrious tenants included renowned conductor Arturo Toscanini who leased the house from 1942 to 1945, as well as two British UN delegates.

Weddings and Special Events at Wave Hill

It isn’t surprising that such a picture-perfect venue is a popular choice for those planning a wedding in New York City! Wave Hill offers indoor and outdoor venues for weddings all year round with special event planners available on-site to assist with menu and party planning.

Corporate conferences can also be accommodated at Wave Hill, and the grounds can be booked for commercial or private photo shoots.

Visiting Wave Hill in the Bronx

The front gate of Wave Hill is located at West 249th Street and Independence Avenue. The estate is approximately 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan.

Location: West 249th Street
Phone: 718-549-3200
E-mail: information@wavehill.org

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The Met Cloisters | Art and Architecture of Medieval Europe

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Located at the northernmost tip of Manhattan overlooking the Hudson River, The Met Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcasing the art and architecture of medieval Europe. This museum, which is situated over four acres at a high point in Fort Tryon Park, offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades as well as stunning gardens. Visitors will enjoy an idyllic oasis from the hustle and bustle of New York City.

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All Things Medieval

A significant portion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s medieval art collection is located at The Cloisters, with one curatorial department in charge of the art at both locations. The Met Cloisters houses portions of five cloisters that were transported from medieval French monasteries and reconstructed in New York City. (Cloisters are covered walkways which run alongside the walls of a building, with an open colonnade on one side that faces an enclosed quadrangle that serves as a gathering place.)

Cloisters are typically found in religious edifices such as monasteries, convents and churches as well as university buildings, providing sheltered access as people move from one area to another. The cloisters which have been incorporated into this museum also act as passageways for visitors moving from one gallery to the next, offering a unique setting to experience the approximately 3000 works of art from medieval Europe housed within the museum. In addition to the cloisters, the grounds feature a chapel, a 12th century chapter house and gardens planted according to medieval horticultural records.

The artwork within the galleries dates from the ninth to the sixteenth century and the collection includes tapestries, works of metal, sculpture and stained-glass windows. Highlights include “The Unicorn Tapestries,” a set of seven separate hangings that were a gift to the museum by John D. Rockefeller Jr., along with many other pieces from his personal collection. These tapestries date back to the late Middle Ages and are beautifully woven with silk and threaded with silver.

Garden Tours

Even though the location of this picturesque destination is out of the way, The Met Cloisters is a popular attraction drawing thousands of visitors each year to rustic Fort Tryon Park. The works of art within the galleries aren’t the only masterpieces to admire at The Cloisters – the lush gardens at three of the cloisters have been planted using information from garden documents and poetry dating back to medieval times. Visitors can explore the gardens at their own leisure or take a guided tour which is free with admission to the museum. Horticulture enthusiasts can see what’s in bloom ahead of time by checking out The Cloisters garden blog, The Medieval Garden Enclosed, which also details upcoming events and happenings at the gardens.

Visiting The Met Cloisters in Northern Manhattan

The Cloisters Museum & Gardens is located at 99 Margaret Corbin Drive in Fort Tryon Park, New York City. For more information on visiting The Cloisters including hours of operation, admission and directions call 212-923-3700 or visit The Met Cloisters official website.

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Celebrate Autumn in Coney Island with Fall Friendly Activities

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BROOKLYN, NY, September 26, 2018 —  The summer may be behind us but the fun isn’t stopping in Coney Island. With a line-up of fall friendly activities, visitors can still enjoy a variety of events and attractions in the famed amusement district.

From September 26th to September 30th, Celebrate Chol Hammoed Sukkot at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. Enjoy over 20 rides including the world famous Wonder Wheel and over 16 kiddie rides. The park will have a Sukkah located inside the boardwalk entrance of the park and offer guests a variety of Kosher food, desserts and beverages for purchase. Luna Park will also be open to the public on September 26th and 27th and all weekend long from 11-7pm.

One of Spotify’s most listened to playlists is coming to Brooklyn. On September 29th, Chance the Rapper will headline the RapCaviar Live Tour with support from up and coming artists like Sheck Wes, Tierra Whack and DJ Spin King at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. Tickets are still on sale at Livenation.com

Halloween Harvest returns to Coney Island starting Saturday, September 29th and every weekend from 12-6pm until October 28th. Halloween Harvest at Luna Park offers guests many great fall activities without having to leave NYC. From picking your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, face painting, arts and crafts and this year’s new addition – Tillie’s Tractor Race where children get to race mini tractors through a hay racetrack. Visit LunaParkNYC.com for a full line up of weekly entertainment.

On September 30th, visitors to the Coney Island Brewery can drink and shop from the comfort of their outdoor beer garden. From 12pm-6pm the Community Market will feature local jewelers, artisans, tarot card readers and more.

On Sunday, October 14th, the dogs get to have some “HOWL-oween” fun too! Luna Park will be hosting the annual Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Contest at 11am. Get your pups ready for their chance to win some great prizes. Entrance to the event is free, but you must register your pup at lunaparknyc.com.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from October 14th to October 28th Coney Island USA will deliver an experience not for the faint of heart. Guests will take a self guided tour through the Kensington family house for a 4D experience where you will experience sights, sounds and smells that will leave you afraid of the dark. Open to ages 14 and over only, See if you are brave enough to walk through The Rooms. For hours of operation and ticket pricing, visit www.coneyisland.com.

Coney Island is going pink on October 21st for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Brooklyn. Starting at 10am, walkers can enjoy some pre-event festivities inside MCU Park. Each year, the breast cancer walk is an opportunity to unite communities to honor breast cancer survivors and help raise funds to find a cure.

Rounding out the Halloween Festivities is the 9th Annual Children’s Halloween Parade and Costume Contest on Saturday October 27th.  From 11am-2pm, the Alliance for Coney Island will host this free family-friendly event inside MCU Stadium where guests can enjoy a day of games, magic shows, bounce houses, face painting, caricature art, trick-or-treating and more. The official Coney Island Costume Contest will include categories of Most Creative, Funniest, Best Handmade, Best Group and Best Overall Costumes. The first 1,500 children will also receive a trick-or-treat bag full of goodies and a 2-hr wristband to Luna Park. The event is open to all children 14 years of age and younger in costume accompanied by an adult.

In addition to all the fun events this September & October, Coney Island businesses are open and ready for you! Shop at Lola Star, Brooklyn Beach Shop, Coney Island Beach Shop and Surf & Stillwell for any holiday gifts or souvenirs. All eateries are open and serving delicious meals and treats including Applebee’s Grill & Bar, Coney’s Cones, Coney Island Brewery, Gargiulo’s Restaurant, Kitchen 21, Nathan’s Famous, Paul’s Daughter, Ruby’s, Tom’s Coney Island, and Williams Candy.

To plan a trip to Coney Island and stay up-to-date on all Coney happenings, make sure to visit ConeyIslandFunGuide.com, sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, @ConeyIslandFun.

The not-for-profit Alliance for Coney Island, Inc. is a private-public partnership dedicated to continuing the year-round revitalization of Coney Island. The Alliance represents local businesses, nonprofits, and the community, with support from the New York City Council, the Brooklyn Borough President and New York City Economic Development Corporation. More info at www.AllianceforConeyIsland.org.

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