Taking It Back To The Roaring 20’s In the Gotham City

The MTA’s Holiday Season Nostalgia Trains run on the Sixth Avenue line between Queens Plaza and Second Avenue stations on four consecutive Sundays, November 30th-December 28th between 10am and 5pm. (Technically, it’s the M line but since that train doesn’t run in Manhattan on weekends, you’ll actually be catching a special shuttle.) For your regular fare, you can enjoy a classic ride on vintage R1 to R9 subway trains that date from the 1930s through the 1970s. Old-school advertisements, from quaint to downright funny, and overhead displays have all been maintained and refurbished by the New York Transit Museum. Some commuters like to showcase their vintage fashion while dancing to the music of the several swing and jazz ensembles in the train and on the 2nd Avenue F train station. You can also check my video from the train on Juha Photography Youtube channel.

The vintage trains will hit all of the stops along the M line every 90 minutes or so. 34th Street/Herald Square, 42nd Street/Bryant Park and 47-50th Streets/Rockefeller Center are all on the route, so you can take an old-fashioned ride to some old-fashioned seasonal fun, like Macy’s Santaland, ice-skating rink at Bryant Park and all of the department store holiday windows on 5th Avenue.

 

 

 

 

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Great Captain Island Adventure

Beautiful summer day in New York! Wanna take a break out of the city; smell some fresh sea air and feel the breeze blowing on your face? Wanna leave the crowds and the dust of the city behind for a short escapade. A trip to Battery Park won’t cut it this time but Newport would be too far? Don’t wanna drive the car? A train ride would sound more relaxing? Ready for an adventure? Wanna be back home for the night?

Why not try a quick day trip to the Great Captain Island just off the coast of Greenwich, Connecticut. Its a 40 minute ride by Metro North from Grand Central Terminal to Greenwich. Check out schedules hereCost of roundtrip: $18 off-peak, $24 peak. Then a 5 minute walk from the train station to the Greenwich harbor right behind the station at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. The ferry ride is just about 20 minutes long. Be sure to check out the ferry schedule as it changes from day to day! In addition to the ferry ride you must purchase daily pass from the for $10 from the Greenwich Town Hall at 101 Field Point Road. You must get the pass before going to the ferry. 

The beaches at the Great Captain island are nice and quiet (at least on a Monday afternoon). A lifeguard is on duty on one of the beaches. For birdwatchers the island might be especially interesting as it is a home and nesting ground for a number of  migratory bird species and is considered one of the Connecticut’s 26 “important bird areas” according to the Connecticut Audubon Society. We saw a large number of quite noisy adult and baby egrets as well as cormorants. Early August is the end of the egret nesting season. Signs had been set up to stay away from certain areas of the island to help let the egrets nest in peace. I observed a number of sanderlings at close distance at the beach. These extreme long-distance migrants breed only on High Arctic tundra but live on most of the sandy beaches of the world.

Besides enjoying mother nature, the recently restored, beautiful light house at the island is worth checking out. And one more thing, I highly recommend bringing bug spray as some of the horse flies we encountered were ferocious man eaters!! The lifeguards at the beach said that other bugs are also abound in the island.  Friends warned us of ticks also which would be a concern, especially if you plan on bringing kids along. But we didn’t get a confirmation on this. It wouldn’t surprise me though; the conditions are just right.

If the Great Captain Island sound a bit too adventurous, you might want to consider the Island Beach,  which is smaller but has more services such as clean drinking water! The drinking water system at the Great Captain Island was contaminated by salt water during Sandy, so be sure to bring your own water with you!! The Island Beach ferry leaves from the same dock as the Great Captain Ferry.

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Take A Stroll In Central Park

For those of you who would love to visit Central Park but are unable to do so, Google maps has expanded their services now to cover a lot of previously uncovered paths in the park. Of course its not the same as actually being there, but its the next best thing. So come along and take a stroll in one of the greatest parks in the world!  Hope you enjoy it!

 

Gondola Boat Ride In Central Park

The Loeb Boat House in Central Park offers gondola rides at the pond for up to six people in a boat. This is definitely one of the most romantic things you can do with with your special someone while in New York. From the pond you can enjoy the unique combination of Central Park’s lush green forest against the backdrop of the stunning Manhattan skyline all at the same time. On a calm evening The San Remo apartment building reflects beautifully off of the pond’s surface. Past and present residents of the San Remo include such famous personalities as Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, Demi Moore, Glenn Close, Dustin Hoffman, Bono, Steve Martin, Bruce Willis. Rita Hayworth spent her last years there, alongside her daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. Bono bought his apartment from Steve Jobs for $14.5 million.

To get the most our of this special moment why not hire a professional photographer to capture the moment in a quality worthy of this special setting? Contact me at info (at) juhaphotography.com for availability and prices.

Central Park Spring Blossom – Part II

Here is another post from my favorite place in NYC, especially during the Spring: the Central Park! I try to make a walk to the park at least once a week. On each visit I notice how one blossom has come to an end only to make room for some new flowers. The magnolia blossom is now pretty much over. The Yoshino Cherry Trees that were still blooming a week ago on the east side have made room to the Kwanzan Cherry bloom on the west side of the water reservoir. The ground under the trees is covered with the petals like virgin snow. My new favorite this Spring is the English Garden / Conservatory Garden on the east side at 104th Street where a majority of these photos were taken. It is such a peaceful place to relax and meditate in this buzzing city. Now is the perfect time to get your portraits and head shots taken in the most beautiful place in the greatest city in the world. Contact me at juha (at) juhaphotography.com for pricing and availability. Take a look at my portfolio here. And don’t forget to smell the roses!

 

Per And Richa In Central Park

Had fun doing a photo shoot of a great looking couple in my favorite setting in New York, Central Park. April and May is the perfect time to get great portraits during the magnolia and cherry blossom season. Would you like your photos taken in Central Park by a professional photographer? Are you visiting New York and would like someone to capture professional quality photos of you while enjoying the park sites and  relaxed atmosphere of Central Park. Are you proposing, getting engaged or planning a wedding in New York City?  I can help you capture these important moments in high quality digital photos. If you’d like, I’ll turn your photos into a stunning custom designed photo album as well. Contact me at juha (at) juhaphotography.com for prices and availability.