Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults in the Meatpacking District! Sunset is the most dramatic time to enjoy the views atop New York’s unique park, the High Line, built atop an old elevated railway. This becomes the spine of your quest to explore the Meatpacking District, the trendy neighborhood that has sprung from an area of warehouses and historic buildings. Aside from a stroll along the High Line’s gardens amidst old rails, highlights include the Chelsea Market, glitzy new restaurants, boutiques, a hotel that took in survivors from the Titanic, movie locations and more. A smartphone is required for each team to participate.
Come and get your hands dirty! Activities include Diggin’ in The Dirt, a child-led exploration of living soils in our children’s garden; the annual Ladybug Release Party to learn about insects; Seed Bombs: a hands-on lesson on the Lower East Side’s cultural heritage of environmental art and activism; and tour our native flora garden. There’s also a native seed and plant exchange and sale. Stuyvesant Cove Park is a 1.9 acre, organically maintained, public park. Using only native plants promotes awareness of and pride in our unique local flora.
See the best of Central Park and discover places you might never otherwise visit. Highlights include a bird sanctuary (find out why birds won’t go near it), the Carousel, the Dairy, Strawberry Fields (almost named for Bing Crosby!), the Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, the Mall, Bethesda Fountain and the Lake (made from a swamp). Along the way, you’ll uncover hidden messages, secret symbols, writing in the sky, movie and TV locations, hidden history and Balto the wonder dog. Advance purchase is required.
A study finding that tackle football before age 12 creates life-long health risk doesn’t appear to be generating much soul-searching by private youth teams. And the public school system, whose players are only slightly older, won’t say whether it’s thinking of changes.
The story of parks workers is similar to the story of workers in most sectors of our economy. So the debate over whether to make a batch of parks jobs permanent is a test for the progressive city that so many pols promote.
Of all those who have arched an eyebrow about the proposed carriage-horse deal, one group has a gripe relevant to the broader city: the parks advocates who are worried about the use of a public resource to support a private business.
Play and prayer. Tension and friendship. Celebration and complaint. All were on display when we dispatched a team of reporters to take the city’s temperature on a particular day in several Bronx parks.
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