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  • Julie and Barry Karp | August 14, 2015 2:43 PM ET

    A New Way to Experience NYC

    A New Way to Experience NYC

    PHOTO: New York City. (via Flickr)

    I have come to feel that my life is a series of ShoreTrips. Even in my own backyard — new experiences and restaurants contribute to my philosophy of exploring, which is never saying “no” to something new.

    So, after many many visits to NYC, for both business and pleasure, Barry (who shares my point of view) and I decided to spend a week there last month to see one of our sons, who is doing research in the Bronx this summer.

    I have my NYC routine that I can cram into 1 1/2 days if need be but now, we had all this extra time. It was time to explore! One of our excursions was into the Bronx, where the Frieda Kahlo Art Garden Life Show took over this summer at the New York Botanical Gardens. As we entered the property, the music of the mariachis, combined with the cafés and food trucks scattered about, made the park made feel like Mexico City, which I had recently visited.

    We loved walking the paths with our margaritas – necessary refreshment in the intense heat this July.

    Another day we went in another direction, to visit the new Whitney Museum of Art, which had moved from the Upper East Side to the New Downtown. Its location is adjacent to the High Line, the 1.45 mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a no-longer-used New York Central Railroad spur. If you haven’t walked this fascinating renovated path — run don’t walk to the nearest entrance.  It is like looking down upon the city yet you are still immersed in its bustle.

    For the first time we explored Brooklyn, where beneath the bridge sits the lovely and expansive Brooklyn Bridge Park. It was Sunday afternoon and as we wandered through the park, we saw many celebrations including weddings and Quinceañeras. Everyone was dressed to the hilt, mostly in pink. We even tested the merry-go-round which sits on the edge of the waterfront with a clear surround of glass to protect it.

    These neighborhoods are between gentrification and the old classic neighborhoods of the past — a great contrast. It is sort of perfect to see them all mixed together and have it work. 

    We had some great dinners with family and friends, in both some old favorite places and some new recommendations. We saw Hamilton in its Broadway previews, and if you haven’t heard of it, get ready. It is a musical history lesson using rock and hip-hop and it’s all about the one President no one knows much about: Alexander Hamilton.

    Though the weather was blistering, we continued to walk everywhere.  When it was time to leave, I felt wonderful. I finally had some time to wander outside my normal comfort zone, and reconfirmed that when it comes to travel, you should never say “no” to something new.

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