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Bronx Adventures

A June 2000 trip to New York by parramore

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Quote: A lot of Manhattanites miss out on what The Bronx has to offer: sprawling gardens, unique neighborhoods, historical treasures, and distincitve restaurants. And, yes, the occasional heart-pumping adventure...

Bronx Adventures

Overview

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When many people think of The Bronx, intimidating news footage of AK-47s and burned out buildings come to mind. But The Bronx has much to offer besides lessons in urban neglect. And let's face it, if you live in Manhattan, there are times when an island 3 x 11 miles supporting the existence of millions of people becomes nerve-wrackingly claustrophobic. That's when it's time to get on the train and get out the map. Among other wonders, our northern borough is the home of the sprawling New York Botanical Gardens, a Little Italy that puts Manhattan's to shame, a very cool island that looks more like New England than New York, and historic buildings that retain more of their grounds that what you generall...Read More

The Black Whale

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Restaurant

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The Black Whale is all charm. If the weather's nice, grab a seat in the brick-paved patio, decorated with caladium-filled birdbaths and an unlikely bust of JFK and a few headstones. Very inviting.

For an appetizer, we had the grilled scallops, which were fat and very tasty--they come served on a bed of fresh greens. For the main course I had the lobster tortilla, which was so-so, but my friend Aaron was smart and got the crabcakes--delicately sauteed, light on the breading and heavy on the crab. Absolutely delicious.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2000

The Black Whale
279 City Island Avenue
New York, New York 10464
(718) 885-3657

City Island

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Attraction

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A lot of New Yorkers don't even know about this fascinating little community. If you're looking for a break from the city on a Saturday afternoon, you couldn't pick a nicer spot. City Island is located at the edge of NYC just beyond Pelham Bay Park in the Long Island Sound. It feels like you're in New England walking around here--lots of quaint houses and shingled roofs. Rich with nautical history, you'll find a great selection of seafood restaurants on the island, some of which have great views of the water. Lots of funky little curio and antique shops dot the island, featuring prices that beat the heck out of Manhattan. To get to City Island by subway, take the 6 train to the last stop, Pelham...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2000

City Island
Long Island Sound
Bronx, New York 10464
+1 718 829 4111