All excited but, frankly, I can no longer remember what the fireworks were for. Not that it matters. New York City is crazy about fireworks, with displays at every possible occasion. And even if there is no occasion, there’ll still be fireworks.

Manhattan West

June 5th, 2019


About last summer

The A train brought us to the beach in 1 hour and 15 minutes from 42nd St. Port Authority. I thought this must be the longest subway line in the City – and it is! It actually stretches all the way from 207th St. in Northern Manhattan to Far Rockaway, in Queens. A 2 hour and 15 minutes trip – on a subway train! Isn’t this amazing?

We won’t be doing it again, though. While the trip to the beach was fairly smooth for NYC Subway standards, on the way back we found ourselves tightly squeezed (read: trapped) among groups of hopelessly loud teenagers high on creative cocktails of soft drugs, alcohol and, well, life. That’s totally fine, of course, as long as we can keep at a safe distance and save our unacquainted ears from the hazardous effects of such extreme noise exposure levels.

Next time, we’ll take the ferry.

June 11th, 2017 – A Sunday afternoon in Rockaway Beach