Governor’s Island – Pumpkin Patch

Hello People. Tell me who doesn’t feel like enjoying good weather, especially when one knows that it might be the last weekend before the temperatures go down?

This is exactly when I stumbled upon this event at Governor’s Island that involved decorating the island with 5000 pumpkins. Then I made an impromptu decision to go to the Island and make the most out of my last (Or maybe last but one) sunny weekend.

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For strangers with no awareness about governor’s Island, it is a 172-acre island in Manhattan, New York. Should you decide to visit, be sure to be informed about the events scheduled for the day of your visit. 

This island is one of the best places to picnic with family and friends. I was on the Island with my husband and a friend. You could tour the Island either walking or biking. Since we had the entire day, we choose to explore the island walking. 

We took a 4 express train from Grand Central to Wall street where we walked to the ferry (5-minute walk). The ferry to Governors Island from 11th Pier/Wall St is an eight-minute-ride and costs $2.75 each way. 

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So, as we hopped out of the ferry we found cute signs guiding us to the Pumpkin patch. We passed across the William Castle en route to the pumpkin patch. The castles and the centuries-old buildings made me wonder about how much history this Island has gone through. I am certainly going back to learn it’s history.

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We were famished with all the walking around and clicking pictures.

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We started googling for food places on the Island and got a few options. Upon reaching the set location, we were amused to see food trucks. The amusement was because I was told that the Island is a car-free zone and people from New York love street food. You can pack your own food (as long as it’s not alcohol) and do a picnic on the lawns of the island.

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After lunch, we walked until we came across the longest slide in New York (57 feet, as I was told). My husband and my friend haven’t gone on the slide. But, I did not want to miss a chance to be on the longest slide in NYC. There are slides of different lengths, feel free to choose which one you want to slide on.

We headed to the man-made hill which is 70 feet above sea level which offered beautiful views of the city. We walked past the glamping sites and new sit-outs that are under construction.

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I am certainly not exaggerating when I tell you that the views, you get by looking around, and the sounds, you hear while walking along the water are the best things to experience. All the exhaustion caused by walking over 5 miles has been taken away.

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Note: Note: Ferry has different schedules on weekdays and weekends, make sure to check the schedule before going. I am sure you don’t want to miss the last ferry to the city getting stuck on the island.

I might go there next week if its sunny, surprise me if you find me there.

Global Citizen Festival – 2019

I had been to the Global citizen Festival 2019 recently which was celebrating 10 years of powering the moment to end extreme poverty. Through this campaign Global Citizens have taken over 1 million actions. These actions have resulted in 18 commitments worth $932.1 million, and set to affect the lives of 7.6 million people. The festival also saw partners and members of Congress make announcements worth $1.6 billion.

The event took place in the open lawns at Central Park which could accommodate as many as hundreds of thousands of people. We arrived at the location at 3ish. There is a boat house restaurant at central park where I planned on having our brunch/lunch.

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Central Park never fails to impress. Does it ?

Being a Saturday our lazy bums got lazy and we didn’t get out till 2:00pm. So, we did not get to eat at the boat house restaurant.(there was a waiting time of 2 hours and the event started at 5:00pm). We just grabbed burgers, Salads and fries at a cafe nearby and headed to the event.

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Shredded Chicken and everything else!

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Oh wait. There was a lemonade truck (very small one which doesn’t qualify to be called a truck) where they offered free lemonades if we followed them on Instagram. Of course all of us did (who doesn’t want a free lemonade).

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We got extra lemonades when we promised to tag them on Instagram (So cheap of us, I know but don’t judge).

By the way the lemonades were awesome. I took the pink bottle which was both fancy and tasty. Probably one of the best I have had. ! You should try it if you find one (2-3$ won’t hurt – So just give it a try and Thank me later). Holding our bottles we headed to the event.

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Sip while you walk – the line was really big and it took us about 25-30 minutes (including the security check) to get into the venue.

This event was sponsored by Comcast and NSBC. We got free water in free pretty bottles labeled Comcast and NSBC.

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While we settled on the lawns, we took few pictures.

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The wallpaper is a picture I clicked recently!

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Shades of Brown!

Okay! So now the festival had the amazing people who performed that evening. With a blend of pop and policy, Saturday night was filled with music from headliners including Queen + Adam Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, H.E.R., and Carole King; and special guest performances by French Montana, Ben Platt, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, David Gray, and NCT 127.

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Oh wait. The special guest at the show was Leonardo DiCaprio – the wolf of the wall street and an Oscar winner. !

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We took one last picture while heading out.

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We had an amazing time at the festival.

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HippoBallerina has found her new home!

So, I follow Misschloenyc who has posed and posted pictures with Ms. Hippo on Instagram. Seeing the cute hippo instantly made me want to go see her. The 2.5 ton-statue, designed by Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, was installed across from the Flatiron building on 22nd Street and Broadway. She was across from Lincoln Center way back in 2017 – but now she is back and is going to stay through Thanks giving.

“Standing over 15 feet high, Hippo Ballerina has found a happy home among New York’s skyscrapers… I am delighted when people of all ages interact with the bronze sculpture, as they pass, smiling and even posting photos to #dancewithhippoballerina. I know that Hippo Ballerina will enjoy living downtown!” said the artist, Skaarup, in a statement.

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The statue was inspired by the dancing hippos in the classic Disney film Fantasia as well as Degas’ “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” (Petite danseuse de quatorze ans). The new installation of the statue was made possible through NYC DOT Art & Event Programming, Cavalier Galleries and the Flatiron Partnership. 

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“The Flatiron District is a storied part of New York City which has taken on new and exciting roles as a booming residential and commercial district,” states Anna Gillis of Cavalier Galleries. “We are very happy to call it Hippo Ballerina’s new home!”

Two Days in Colorado !!

Two days are just not enough to explore Colorado.

This is one of the longest (in terms of days) and largest (in terms of people) trips I have been to in The United States. We have covered Four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona & Nevada) in a  span of 10 days.

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We flew into Denver International airport and flew out from Vegas International airport. I have made an itinerary covering each state for about 2-3 days and in this post I will stick only to Colorado.

Let me tell you – two days in Colorado is not enough to relish such a beautiful state. ! However, if you are a first time visitor then this itinerary should do justice to Colorado. I divided my first two days in Colorado between Rocky mountains and Colorado Springs. I have missed a few things which I will put on the list for you to cover.

We stayed at Alphine Ridge Inn which is really close to The EAST entrance (Estes Park) of Rock mountains. Most people spend two-three days just at the Rocky Mountain National Park.

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View from my Room!
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Coffee with a View!

There are four entrances to this national park and it might get confusing if you do not have all the information regarding the park because you might end up going through the wrong entrance and wasting a lot of time.

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The two entrances to the east are better than the west entrance is what I have read from various sources. Initially, when I was beginning to plan, I wanted to see the entire park – But, given the time constraints I wanted to stick only to the east entrance from Estes Park.

I have also read about the numerous hike options in Rocky Mountains and have opted To hike the dream lake which is 2 miles round trip with astonishing views(From the Instagram Pictures).

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The hike started from Bear lake trial parking. If you have time and the energy for a longer hike, You can get to Emerald lake which extends to another mile or mile and half.

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I have read in many blogs/articles about how traffic could affect trips and I haven’t considered it very seriously. Let me tell you – The entire parking was full at 8:00 am in the morning. If you want a parking spot you should be there by 6:00am. Also, if you do not get there before 6:00am just leave your vehicle where the shuttle starts and take the shuttle – There is no point going all the way up only to head down. Rocky Mountains have exceptionally good shuttle service free of cost.  Please Do not forget to carry your own water bottles and also a jacket or a rain coat. Colorado can surprise you with unplanned showers during the day.

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Due to the lack of parking and the crowded shuttles, we have decided to go back to the hotel and dint get a chance to hike the Rockies. I am definitely going to come again just for the Rockies.

We got dressed up for the scenic drive through the Trial Ridge Road. It is also called the Beaver Meadow National Scenic Byway that traverses Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park Colorado in the east to Grand Lake, Colorado in the west.

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Grand Trial Ridge Road

Let me assure you that the views are breath taking and if you are a photo addict give yourself some extra time to the drive because you will want to take many pictures along the way. !

Traveling through Rocky Mountain National Park can be both breathtaking and frustrating. Beautiful views and wildlife abound, but holiday and weekend traffic can make enjoying the scenery tough even for the calmest of drivers.

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1)Rainbow Curve: From here you are able to get unique views of Horseshoe Park, Alluvial Fan and the Beaver Ponds.
2)Lava Cliffs: A stunning contrast to some of the lingering snow on  Trial Ridge Road, the Lava Cliffs are the result of some faulting and regional up-warping  and volcanic activity leaving  young volcanic rock in contact with Precambrian rocks
3)Toll Memorial Trail: Located at Rock Cut near the top of Trail Ridge Road the trail traverses across the open tundra. The trail gets its names from Ranger Toll the former superintendent of Rocky Mountain National Park from 1921 to 1929.
4)Rock Cut:come across Rock Cut – a landmark section of the road that cuts through the mountainside
You’ll find so many photo-worthy views, you’ll quickly fill your phone/Camera with pictures and videos!

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My husband/Best friend/Obsession

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This is just half of the group

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We headed to hit our next destination- The famous Red rocks Amiptheater which can accommodate 1000 people at a time and is considered one of the most unique and largest amphitheaters in the world.

The natural amphitheater which was once listed as one of the seven wonders of the geological world took more than 200 million years to form.  Red Rocks Amphitheatre is more than just the coolest concert venue in Colorado. It’s one of the most unusual in existence. In fact, it is the only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world.

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Dine with a view: The Ship Rock Grill is the on-site restaurant, built around two huge boulders both inside and out. For breathtaking views, dine on the outdoor deck. You can even book dinner here before your show, or just visit for the photo opps.

Sadly, there was a concert on the day I planned to the red rocks Amphitheater. I vaguely checked the dates of the concerts but forgot updating my itinerary.

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Disappointed, we headed to Red Rocks Open Space. We reached there at around 8:00pm and walked around for about 20 minutes. With the failing light I dint manage to get any good pictures.

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However, we managed to click a couple of group pictures at the entrance with headlights on!

Thus we ended the first day of our trip.

The second day I had Garden of the Gods, Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Royal Gorge Train Ride on my to do list. We started at around 8:00 am to the Garden of the Gods. I haven’t planned any adventures on this trip, but this place is popular for hiking, technical rock climbing, road and mountain biking and horseback riding.

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The park’s famous red rocks formed millions of years ago due to upheavals in the earth’s surface and erosion. The rocks are conglomerates of red, pink, and white sandstones and limestone. You can travel back in time to learn more about the history of these rock formations by watching an entertaining 15-minute film during your visit to the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.

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There are different varieties of rock formations and you can get the complete guide here. It took us about 2 hours to wander and take pictures at the garden of the Gods.

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We headed to Manitou cliff Dwellings which are 4miles away from the Garden of the Gods. It took us 10 minutes to reach the dwellings.

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The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a group of relocated Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and museums located just west of Colorado. The process of relocating these cliff dwellings began in 1904 and was completed in 1907 when the preserve was open to the public. William Crosby, the original founder/owner of the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Ruins Company, wanted to preserve and protect these dwellings from looters and relic pot-hunters. His company spent many months mapping out a blueprint of the dwellings in Mc Elmo Canyon.”

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So, I have read opposite views about these Manitou dwellings being a replica. These cliff dwellings are not original to the site – they were originally built in the Southwestern corner of Colorado – close to Mesa Verde National Park’s cliff dwellings. They were collected, packaged and moved by railroad from 1904 to 1907 to the Colorado Springs area and rebuilt using concrete and mortar – which is why you can tour, walk on and climb these ruins with no chance of damaging them.

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The move was to protect the ruins from looters and relic collectors before the federal government passed The Antiquities Act of 1906. Check the museum for detailed history.

Finally, do not skip the cute gift shop. The chain that I am wearing in the pictures is from that store and all of them are reasonably priced.

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After both of these places you can do the Royal George train ride in noon and Cave mountains in the evening. I did not get tickets for the noon ride – So had to skip and proceed to Taos, New Mexico. I cannot stress how much I miss not going on the train. On this trip I also learnt not to rush things and you should try not rushing too.

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You could do Aspen mountains and The city of Fruita if you have an extra day in Colorado. Hope you loved reading as much I enjoyed putting up as much information as possible for you guys.

My Latest Obsession – Orchard Street NYC

I have been living in New York city for about three years now and I have never been to any new places other than the typical tourist attractions. I visited the same places almost ten times now with different sets of people. I recently started discovering NYC through Instagram posts and various other blogs.

I saw these cute bears on MissChloenyc‘s profile and wanted to visit them so bad. They are on display at Galerie Perrotin through June 8, 2019. Sadly, it was closed the day I visited -which is when I decided to just stroll on the streets and fell in love. Orchard street is one of the main thoroughfares of the neighbourhood. With so much history and culture, it can be difficult to navigate through the sprawling district but its totally worth it. 

I started from the Essex station which has a beautifully tiled fish all over the walls.

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That’s me trying to pout like the fish 😛

I made a quick stop to grab my bubble tea at this very cute tea place (DIU TEA). 

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Eyes Speak a lot !
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True that!
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Welcome to New York City – Everything has art on them !

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The seven blocks between Canal and Houston Streets are lined with historic tenements, trendy eateries, boutiques, art galleries, and second-hand clothing stores.

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This is the at the Orchard Street hotel!

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P.S: This is a very small part of Orchard Street and there is so much more to do.

Colour Burst at the WTC

I can’t get enough of these arts at the WTC.

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NYC’s Newest Street Art Hub

I live in newYork and get to visit Ground Zero quite often. I have been to the WTC recently on the New Year’s eve and guess what ? The entire area is flooded with colours making the entire place Look so cheerful. They’re in Financial District all around The Oculus Plaza so make sure to walk on all those streets (and crossing streets) where the Oculus and 9/11 Memorial Plaza is.

Mural by Boogie Riz

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One of the approaches is Stickymonger’s Cosmic Traveler, depicting an alien girl peering through a portal into our world.

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Mural by: Unknown

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Mural by Brandon Sines

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Mural by Todd Gray

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The murals are now a permanent part of the visitor experience in Lower Manhattan and they are absolutely free.