If you go
New York City is about a four-hour drive from Baltimore. The city is serviced by Amtrak, and Greyhound and the Bolt bus run regularly from downtown Baltimore.
In Manhattan, the High Line Park (first section) is located from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues. The second section, which opened last summer, spans West 20th and West 30th streets.
The High Line park can be reached by several subway lines. Entrances are spaced every few blocks, and the park is ADA accessible, with a elevators at 16th and 14th streets.
Park rules prohibit bicycles, skateboards, skates and scooters, glass bottles, drinking alcohol (except in designated concession areas), and feeding birds or squirrels. Dogs are not allowed in the park.
Located within walking distance of Bryant Park and Central Park (and just steps from Times Square), Kimpton's The Muse offers chic accommodations in the heart of Manhattan. And this summer, executive chef Massimo De Francesca will create custom juice blends daily to beat the heat. 130 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y., 212-485-2400, http://www.themusehotel.com
Bark. Upper Chelsea Market Passage, on the High Line at West 15th Street. American classics that are made of locally sourced ingredients. Signature dishes include the Classic Dog, a pork-and-beef wiener basted with smoked lard butter and seasonal vegetable sides, such as local asparagus with pickled garlic vinaigrette.
La NewYorkina. On the High Line between West 17th and West 18th streets. Artisanal frozen treats with all-natural ingredients and natural sweeteners, such as organic cane sugar and local honey. Seasonal ice pop flavors include roasted plum, mango, chili, coconut, avocado, and tamarind.
The Taco Truck. Upper Chelsea Market Passage, on the High Line at West 15th Street. Menu favorites include carnitas michoacan tacos, pollo asado torta, and la unica salad.
Chelsea is chock full of art galleries, and in midtown Manhattan there's Broadway. Hot shows include Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess"with Audra McDonald at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Blair Underwood and Baltimore native Nicole Ari Parker at The Broadhurst Theatre. Visitors seeking Broadway tickets can try the TKTS booth in Times Square for same-day, half-price tickets, or go to broadway.com.
Besides the High Line and Central Park, New York is home to a vast array of public green spaces in the city.
"Summer is the perfect time to explore the bucolic parks and gardens of New York City," says Christopher Heywood, a spokesman for NYC & Company, the marketing and tourism arm. "The five boroughs literally are in full bloom and there's no better time to experience the city's vibrancy and beauty."
Some to check out include: the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Wave Hill and the New York Botanical Garden, both in the Bronx; Flushing-Meadows Corona Park in Queens; Snug Harbor on Staten Island and Governors Island, off the coast of Manhattan.
Speaking of the latter, Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently took part in a groundbreaking on 30 new acres of parkland and public spaces on Governors Island.
During the event, the mayor also announced the opening of the newly refurbished Castle William, once a fort built to defend New York City against the British during the War of 1812, then an Army prison and later a Coast Guard base.
With this summer marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the reopening is even more timely.
Visit the official NYC Information Center at 810 Seventh Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd streets). And to help plan your visit, officials recommend you try out the new"Save the Date"tool at nycgo.com: http://www.nycgo.com/savethedate.
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