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I’m trying to come up with some sort of introduction to this post, but my mind is drawing a blank. It’s another NYC post, that’s all I’ve come up with so far. It’s us taking the ferry to Staten Island and walking around a lot. Good job I wrote the majority of this blog post whilst we were in NYC, instead of trying to put it together with bank-holiday-brain. Dammit brain.
Moving on from nothing and getting back to the holiday.
We had hoped to visit all five boroughs of NYC whilst we were there, and that’s pretty much how Staten Island became one of our plans, I’d also read about some hikes too. We didn’t get a chance to visit The Bronx in the end, as we’d changed our mind about heading to the zoo and well, getting married took up a few days. Valuable exploring time lost in the name of love, it was pretty awful. Still we had Staten Island so all was not lost.
The plans for Staten Island were a little bit of nature and a little bit of walking. But first we had to get there, Queens to Staten Island is quite the journey, about two hours by subway and ferry by the time you’ve gone into Manhattan, then down to Battery Park and across the water.
We spent the first part of the day at the Botanical Gardens, which we were never quite sure if we were actually in. The gardens were roughly located in a large open area with different buildings, museums, greenhouses and what seemed like individual gardens and not the specific botanical gardens. It was all completely free to wander about, and we eventually found a sign that explained what everything was, although the take home message was “closed (or rather, dead) for winter”. We’d come specifically to see the Chinese scholars garden, which was open during the wintertime so at least we had that and greenhouses that were open yet seemingly unsupervised. It’s was all a little weird, and since we were the only people around, even weirder.
The $5 entrance to the Scholars Garden was a lot to scoff at given that it was the winter, and we’d already been to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Garden for free. Still, curiosity killed the bank account and all that. As always, places like this would look a bajillion times better in the spring or summertime, but it wasn’t summer and I can’t afford another trip so wintertime photos it is.
I still liked it. But it was definitely not worth the $5 when everything outside of the garden could be seen for free. We did see another person, so we really paid $5 to watch some man faff about with his tripod and take photos of the same plant for a very long time.
This took us up until lunch time, then we caught the bus back to the ferry terminal to catch the subway to go for our little hike. We took a detour in search of food that didn’t exist, grabbed some snacks from the shop instead and then tried to continue riding the subway a few more stops. But due to technicalities (such as: reading the subway timetable the wrong way), we accidentally ran to the subway, missed a train that never existed then ran for a bus and, on the plus side, ended up a lot closer to the start of the hike than if we’d just waited for the next subway train.
So, with our chocolate flavour dried chickpeas in hand, off on a mini hike we went.
It was so peaceful compared to the city. We were the only people around, which seems to be the norm every time we go hiking. I’m sure their should be a few more people around, but I guess wintertime walks in dying forests aren’t their thing. We followed two small trails then bused it back to the ferry and arrived just in time.
And that was another day done and dusted in New York City. The chocolate chickpeas were weird, I don’t recommend them, buy rice crackers instead.