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.

NewYork State Capitol

I heard a lot about the New York State Capitol building that I decided to go for a day. I took Amtrak and the journey lasted for about 2.5-3 hours. I experienced few breathtaking views during the entire journey.
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View from the moving Train !
The Albany State Capitol is stunningly beautiful inside and these pictures will not do it justice. It took over 32 years to construct and today it sits incomplete.  This building was completed in 1899 at a cost of US$25 million (equivalent to $735 million in 2017), making it the most expensive government building of its time.
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Capitol Entrance !
 There are free Capitol tours starting from 9am in the morning lasting till 5pm in the evening. The guide was patient enough to explain every detail and friendly enough to let us take as many pictures as we wanted. I was amazed to see the old elevator still working just fine even after a fire disaster which destroyed the entire building calling for a renovation..
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We walked through the beautiful corridors.
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“Nestled within the labyrinth of stone that is the NY State Capitol lies  the Senate chamber, proclaimed the “most beautiful room in America”. Visitors are allowed only into the senate chamber but not allowed downstairs where the actual sessions take place.
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This chamber that has been designed by Henry H. Richardson is a haven of beauty and elegance. Mr. Richardson designed the room in Romanesque style which was developed in Italy and Western Europe. His plans included carved Oak for the 50 foot high ceiling, pale grey stone for the two huge decorative fireplaces at the rear chamber, golden Mexican Onyx, Yellow Siena marble from Italy, red-brown granite Scotland, red leather from Spain, Mahogany from Caribbean, pink Knoxville marble and 23-kt leaf covering the walls of the arcade. 
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Here comes the million dollar staircase. This Great Western Staircase, also known as the Million Dollar Staircase, took an unheard of 14 years to construct, from 1883-1897 costing, more than one million dollars.
It is made of sandstone imported from Scotland. The massive staircase is most notably known for the intricate carvings that decorate the stairs. There are many number of faces carved on the staircase. 77 of which are faces of famous individuals, and the rest are referred to as the ‘Capitol’s Unknowns’, as they remain unidentified. There are over 1000 unidentified faces.

 

 

Heading towards the less fancy Lower house.
The walls have beautiful patterns painted and the yellow paint is 23-kt gold.

 

 

Finally, the Governor’s War Room has wonderful ceiling paintings depicting the various wars and battles of New York’s history and Lady Liberty in the center of the ceiling.