Aug 18 2019

Central Park 中央公园

Manhattan’s gem, 778 acres, since 1853 … it was the first landscaped public park in the United States.



2016.05.30 @ Jackie O Reservoir


2016.04.12 @ Turtle Pond



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Boat rental .. Cash only
$20 refundable deposit
$12 for the first hour
$3 each additional 15 minutes
4 persons per boat max, no exceptions


Jul 17 2019

Hudson Garden Grill

Inside the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

Light. Airy. High ceiling. Arched doorways and windows. Great food, good service, nice looking table ware (not utensil tho) and not to mention it rained while we dined – good timing for us. Their menu here.

The lightness reminds me of Coco Bistro which we just went last night but this is far better: high ceiling and better food. The open kitchen by the entrance is a great feature.

Wish the bread could either be lighter or warm. We’ve three appetizers – the portions are pretty big. The five pieces of avocado are great but more than we could stomach – this is without a main course. Many patrons chew on burgers – they must be good, will try next time. The Spanish Conde Rosé is delicious.


Jul 17 2019

Brazil @ Botanical Garden

It’s hot. Forecast predicts rain. We went anyway. The Brazilian show is the attraction but it’s not that great. I took many lilies and roses, however. We’ve lunch at Hudson Garden Grill which was a good choice: great restaurant and it rained.

Brazilian show

The lilies:


and I falling in love with the roses, again…

some more


Does this look like Monet’s painting?

Jul 16 2019

NYC Municipal Archives

31 Chamber Street
New York

The archives for New York City, includes the vital records of birth, death and marriage, which you can walk out with a copy, paying $11 (online is $15?).

It is a beautiful building, next to the city hall, in the style of Paris Opera, the Palais Garnier, with intricate skylight and beautiful doors and windows. Have dinner at Coco Bistro and drinks at the Oyster House on Pier A @ Battery Park.


Jul 16 2019

Pier 17 after Coco

An evening @ the South Street Seaport, on the Pier 17, after Coco Bistro.

Jul 16 2019

Pier A

22 Battery Pl
New York, NY 10004 @ SSS

We stopped by after South Street Seaport for drinks @ the Oyster House.

Pier A is ‘covered’ with a harbor house. At the front is the three story part (2nd floor is  the table serving Blacktail and 3rd is for event), and at the rare by the water, is the ground floor Oyster House. Self serving, foods and drinks are done at the right, tables are on the left and out doors. I’ve not been in NY for long – only 30 some years, so didn’t know what the fish market era was really like – like since 1830s. But in my genealogy research, I did learn something about it: NYC is where U.S. began after gaining the independence from the British. The fish market ‘culture’ dominated the city. Fulton market was the oldest fish market in the U.S., long before they moved it to Bronx in 2005. I suppose this Pier A is probably as close as one could get to that bygone ear. If you’re interested in this, go visit South Street Seaport Museum.

We only have drinks out on the duck, but probably will return for some foods?


Jul 16 2019

Coco Bistro

233-235 Front St
Peck Slip, NY 10038
South Street Seaport

At this time there are only 15 reviews: either 4 or 5, or 1. It seems the love and hate relations with their customers.

I’d give 3.5 and probably will return.

It’s on a corner with good decoration and the view of Brooklyn Bridge. Good service. Good breads. Good bathroom. Delicious food: the escargot and duck are far better than the tapenade – not to say the tapenade isn’t good – bit too salty tho. Are there any not too salty tapenade -:) oh well.

More young women than men … and we’re definitely the oldies there. Oh well. Oldies need to eat too 🙂

Overall it’s a pleasant experience, except the music is too loud – oldies can’t handle it -:) …


Jun 30 2019

Pride March – gay parade

自豪游行日/ 同性恋游行 纽约和三藩市

I went to city to shop for a pair of sneaker in the morning – don’t ask me why there because I have no answer. As soon as I got off the LIRR, I saw rainbow: rainbow outfit, rainbow flags … Shortly before noon, 7th Avenue from 34th Street toward downtown is closed. Didn’t buy any but saw this one which is appropriate for the day.


These two are from San Francisco

Jun 26 2019

Subway station @ Columbus Circle

The underground station at 59th Street and Broadway/8th Avenue or there about is pretty nice: with many shops … and the Beijing Duck is on a limited offer at Poké Bowl. 


Jun 26 2019

Atria on the West

333 W 86th St,
New York, NY 10024

This Atria on the West Side isn’t as nice as their in Roslyn.

The neighborhood is pretty nice. A street vendor who sells good cotton clothing from India – should have bought something.