The last summer in the City

This is the last summer of the Fuchsias in the City. This City, anyway. Yes, we're leaving Manhattan! And not just to another outer borough. Or Long Island, or up the Hudson, or even across the river to the former Garden State, New Jersey. This move's serious and bi-coastal….➤ Read More

The Heather Garden. Fort Tryon Park

Many visitors to New York City know Central Park. It’s big. It’s beautiful. It’s hard to miss. Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park, on the other hand, might well be on another planet for its lack of recognition. Yes, even to many New Yorkers. Located along the Hudson River almost at the top of the island….➤ Read More

The legendary Elgin Botanic Garden

There are quite a number of public gardens and other worthwhile parks—big, small, and tiny even—in the greater New York area. Of course, not all of these gems are dedicated just to the fuchsia… but they're still thoroughly interesting for the visit…➤ Read More

The chrysanthemums of Central Park

Run, don’t walk, to Central Park. Right now. No, I’m not talking about jogging, about getting yourself up and out. Though you might well do with another goal if you decide that jogging’s the best way to go. I’m really talking about seeing the annual fall chrysanthemum display. …➤ Read More

Scene in the City. The first session

Scene in the City has been a recurring series of random pictures and comments tweeted from the streets of New York. It’s been going on for a couple of years now. I’m always walking around. I’m alway taking pictures. And I’m always seeing things. Odd things…➤ Read More

Festive sidewalks

I walk to work. I mean, I could take a bus if I really wanted to. But I don’t. There’s no point to cramming myself into one at rush hour when I can just walk the same route almost as quickly as a city bus can inch along it...➤ Read More

Pink-a-Boo. Beauty isn't always only skin deep

Beauty isn’t always only skin deep. At least it isn’t at my local farmers market here in Yorkville. Specifically, I’m talking about ‘Pink-a-Boo’. That’s got to be my newest favorite apple. Last time I was extolling all the wonderful apples that appear...➤ Read More

Apples. Farm fresh apples

I love apples. OK, there, I’ve admitted it. Despite their reputation, biting into one doesn’t always mean expulsion from Paradise or the launch of tediously long wars and oddeseys. They’re good. Quite likely my favorite fruit...➤ Read More

Darkness falls so early now

The end of daylight time is only a week past but it seems like much of the world disappeared when the switch was flipped off. Early evening a couple of days ago and Central Park was already mostly abandoned...➤ Read More

The search for spring

It’s been a long, tiresome winter this year. I’m sure you’ve had enough of it as well. Monday afternoon was finally blue and heavenly. 64 degrees in Central Park. I was really feeling spring in the air...➤ Read More

P.S. And then the snow finally arrived

That foreboding winter storm, incongruously identified with Hercules, finally arrived late Friday night. I would have preferred calling it after Ganglati, servant to goddess of the frozen northern underworld, Hel, but...➤ Read More

Merry Christmas in the City

Walking towards home this evening, I was slowly aware that an uncharacteristic stillness seemed to be falling all around along with the early darkness still so close to the winter solstice. Perhaps it was just me, and wishful thinking...➤ Read More

Ghouls are about the streets

Over the last couple of weeks, as fall has been slowly turning down the heat, I’ve become increasingly aware that something else is turning up. First the pumpkins and the mums...➤ Read More

The ginkgo. There's an orchard hidden on my block

Out front, on the street, the ginkgo leaves have finally fallen. They turned bright saffron-yellow and gold over the last week or two. Then suddenly, and seemingly all at once, they fell together...➤ Read More

Scene in the City. The autumnal equinox

The autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, that fall tipping point into winter when the length of the night already equals the light of the day, usually slides by unnoticed by most. This year...➤ Read More

The secret garden of Central Park

Friday. Early evening. A Long Day in the City so thought I’d have a quiet sit in the secret Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Check out the late-summer flowers. Take a few pictures….➤ Read More

Busy as a bride? The secret garden outtakes

Friday. Early evening. The Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Check out the late-summer flowers. Take a few pictures…” But on this particular Friday the garden was buzzing not with bees…➤ Read More

Upon a bank of violets. The Shakespeare Garden

Happy May Day everyone! In the spring, the four-acre Shakespeare Garden in Central Park becomes an absolute floral tapestry, just bursting with color. This landscape dates back to...➤ Read More

Nemo the White

Blizzard Nemo was billed as a snow storm of historic proportions well before it got here late on Friday night. It was certainly epic. Just not within New York City. The great blizzard of 1996…➤ Read More

The blizzard hits Carl Schurz Park. Twice

Blizzard Nemo passed through the City overnight and fairly quickly. By 8:00 am the next morning the skies were clearing rapidly. By 9:00 am they were brilliant blue...➤ Read More

A return to Monet's Garden

The third week of January was cold in the City. Very cold. With temperatures that dipped down to fifteen on a couple of nights even in my sheltered garden, and that went yet lower still... ➤ Read More

Bright shadows of July

Most mornings might seem too short before it’s suddenly time for lunch, but the days of high summer are long. Near the garden’s restaurant is an extensive collection of daylilies...➤ Read More

Late afternoon on the High Line

The winter sky was clear and the sunset looked to be promising so my friend and I couldn’t resist a detour on the walk home to take a stroll along the High Line before...➤ Read More

Christmas in the City

Walking around the City this time of year you can’t help but be struck by the endless variety of Christmas trees. There are the utilitarian and the exquisitely beautiful. The wacky and the...➤ Read More

Down the rabbit hole

It’s late December and Christmas approaches. Rapidly. But I’m still feeling a lot more fallsy than Christmasy. This odd state of suspended animation is due in no small part, I think, to the fact that fall simply refuses to leave. It lingers…➤ Read More

A Ramble through Central Park's wild side

What’s a person to do? Spring abounds. Even in the City, it won’t be ignored. Tulips and daffodils burst from tree wells and tumble from rowed water buckets at the corner deli. Fragrant hyacinths spread their heavy scent from…➤ Read More

Spring on the High Line

One of the world’s most creatively recycled urban spaces is New York’s High Line. Built on an old elevated freight rail line on Manhattan’s lower West Side, the High Line...➤ Read More

A winter's walk through the BBG

I was at the Brooklyn Museum a week ago or so to see a closing exhibition one last time and took the opportunity to stroll around the Brooklyn Botanic Garden…➤ Read More