Weekend Trips From New York

Weekend trips from new york by ari kellenIt’s hard to believe that summer is almost officially over.  Where did all the time go?  If you’re in New York, and want a quick getaway before the weather starts to cool down, then here are some great places around the state that you can visit:

Catskills: Filled with charming towns and villages, not to mention some amazing nature, the Catskills has got a whole lot to offer.  Breathtakingly beautiful Kaaterskill Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls on the East Coast, and located in a great park for nature lovers.  Hunter Mountain features the longest zipline in North America.  And as one of the most fertile regions of the country, the local food, beer, and wine scene is hard to beat.  

Lake George: Once the country’s most famous vacation destinations, Lake George has lost none of its luster.  Kayaking, parasailing, cruising, and swimming are all available on the lake itself.  But there’s even more off the shoreline, such as hiking and Fort Ticonderoga, the site of battles in both the American Revolution and French and Indian Wars.  

Saratoga Springs: The racetracks might be closing this weekend, but that’s not to take away from visiting Saratoga.  Located nearby one of the most important battlefields in the Revolutionary War, it’s a great spot for history buffs.  The town is also home to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, as well as summer residencies for the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra.  

Westchester: Easily accessible through Metro North, Westchester County is just a hop, skip, and a jump from New York.  Towns such as Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow in particular make for great day trips.  The former features beautiful 19th-century architecture, while the latter has retained its old Dutch heritage.  

Ithaca: Located in the Finger Lakes, Ithaca is a popular vacation destination thanks to both natural beauty and a thriving local culture.  The town itself features great food and art galleries, while outside the town is Cayuga Lake.  

Greenport: On Long Island’s North Fork lies the charming coastal village of Greenport, located in the heart of wine country.  The beaches are great, and nearby Shelter Island offers an even more quiet and remote getaway from any hustle or bustle.   

Woodstock: Home to one of the most famous music festivals in history, Woodstock remains an historical and cultural hub for visitors.  Its natural beauty has made it a popular spot for artists since the 19th century, making it a hub for everything from painting schools to art colonies.  

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East Village Institutions Closing Their Doors

3 east village institutions closing by ari kellenIn the late 80s and early 90s, many of the bohemian types who turned the East Village into a hip and cool neighborhood began to lament its gentrification.  One famous piece of graffiti in the neighborhood lamented in plain words “the East Village is dead”.  Of course, this all happened before I was born, and there are still different institutions that have stood the test of time, such as Veselka and Ray’s Candy Store.  But there are also countless places that have closed shop in this unique and historic neighborhood, mostly due to rising rents.  And just recently, three true institutions of the East Village are now gone.  Let’s take a moment to think about them:

Clayworks Pottery: When Clayworks first opened in January 1974, owner Helaine Sorgen described the neighborhood as a different world, filled with empty storefronts.  The store, selling handmade stone and porcelain pieces, has been there through the neighborhood’s growth and development.  While the store still does brisk business, it was purchased by a predatory real estate investor who won’t renew the lease.  The business’s last day is expected to be September 15.

Jimmy’s No. 43: Jimmy Carbone is arguably one of the most well-known names in New York City’s bar and food scene, thanks to his gregarious personality, podcasting, and active involvement in local events.  His bar/restaurant, Jimmy’s No. 43, was known for its unique and frequently changing selection of draft beers since first opening in 2005.  Due to a decline in business, the bar is closing.  However, Carbone, whose bar has weathered temporary closures during both the East Village explosion and Hurricane Sandy, remains hopeful that he can find a business partner to help with the bills.  

Croxley Ales: After nearly 15 years on Avenue B., Croxley Ales, known for its selection of craft beer and wing specials, is finally shuttering its doors.  The reason for the closure is unknown, but their second location in Williamsburg remains open.  The bar will be taken over by the owners of the two Triona bars on Sullivan and Third streets.  

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