Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend 4/29 & 4/30

This weekend the New York Botanical Garden will be celebrating the bloom of 300,000 newly planted daffodil bulbs along with a wine tasting from local vinters and live music. As if that weren’t enough, visitors will get a chance to check out the new CHIHULY exhibit. Check out the schedule and ticket information below:

  • Wine Tasting & Refreshments: Enjoy a flight of local wines from New York and New Jersey from 12–5 p.m.

    Participating wineries include: Baldwin Vineyards, Pine Bush, NY; Brimstone Hill Vineyard & Winery, Pine Bush, NY; Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville, NY; City Winery, New York, NY; Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent, NY; Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook, NY; Mysto Mead, Carmel, NY; Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, NY; Tousey Winery, Germantown, NY; Villari Vineyards, Sewell, NJ; Warwick Valley Winery, Warwick, NY; Whitecliff Vineyard, Gardiner, NY; and Winemakers New York, Massapequa, NY.

  • Live Music by Milton: Milton will perform acoustic bluegrass and folk tunes at 12, 1, 2, 3, & 4 p.m. each day.
  • Botany of Wine: Beyond the Grape: NYBG botanists talk about the botanicals that go into making wine and how the nuances of flavor come about at 1 & 3 p.m. in the Perennial Garden.
  • Daffodil Hill Tours: Meet at the Native Plant Garden entrance to take a walk with an NYBG guide and learn more about NYBG’s plans to dramatically expand its historic Narcissus collection.
    Tours at 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 each day.

    Non-Members: Adult (21+): $38, includes souvenir wine glass ($10) and All-Garden Pass ($28) Members: $10 souvenir wine glass

    Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

You Don’t Have to Leave the Bronx for Gorgeous Fall Foliage

I’ve been a bit M.I.A. from the blog lately because earlier this month, I got married. Not only did I get married, but we had three different wedding celebrations, so needless to say, I was kinda busy.

The day after the very last event, we decided to take a walk. To nowhere in particular, just to have a chill day to ourselves. This was right as some of the leaves started to turn. It made for a very nice, relaxing, and picturesque stroll. These were taken by Mosholu Parkway.

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Perfect Beach Day

Having spent two weeks in South Africa, where it is currently winter (though of course nothing like the brutal winter we experience here), I came back feeling like my NYC summer was slipping through my fingers. Where did all the time go?! Remember that Bronx summer bucket list I made?  I’m maybe only half way through and yesterday was the first time I made it to Orchard Beach this summer! This is partially because making the trek from Bedford Park to the beach on the bus is daunting (though, it’s honestly not that bad) compared to being able to get there in 20 minutes from Castle Hill.

Anyway, I finally made it. It was the perfect temperature, there was a nice breeze, and I was able to get some writing done. Win win win.

What I love about the beach is that it’s the perfect broke person activity. Bring whatever you have at home and you are all set. No need to spend any money (unless you happened to be tempted to buy a nutcracker, but even so, you could probably just make your own…but like, you wouldn’t, because you would NEVER drink alcohol on the beach, right?)

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Snacks from home

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Entertainment – if you don’t know about Catstax, you’re missing out!

 

Crotona Park Photowalk Recap

Last week, Bronx Narratives, Dandy in the Bronx, and I teamed up for the Crotona Park Photowalk. This is the third photowalk Bronx Narratives has hosted and I was so glad to be a part of this one!

Though gray clouds loomed overhead, there was a sense of camaraderie and good vibes radiating from the group. I don’t consider myself a photographer and didn’t have custody of the camera this weekend, but it was so amazing to see the shots the participants took as we explored the park.

We visited Indian Lake, stopped by the playground, and even had a jump rope and frisbee contest. To see some of the amazing photos captured during our walk check out #crotonaparkwalk on Instagram. Even better, we’ll soon be announcing winners for the best photos taken during the walk! Prizes from Frank and Oak and Timberland are up for grabs so stay tuned.

Below are some photos from the walk I captured on IG.

 

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Fall in the Forest

As many times as I’ve been to the botanical garden, I’d never been to the forest. I decided to change that this past Sunday. As petrified I am of being stranded alone in nature – left to my own devices – I find myself craving time outdoors. Breathing in fresh air, taking in the colors and sounds around me, it’s really invigorating and helps put things in perspective. As much as I love city life, even I need a break sometimes. Try to make it out to NYBG so you can take a look at the fall foliage, when I went, I was told  maybe only 30% of the leaves had turned and it was still really beautiful, so make sure you go before winter comes and you miss out! Side Note: This was my first time using my free IDNYC grounds membership to NYBG, which you should definitely get. Not only is it great to have a backup ID card (I just lost my license, so it’s nice to have this in  the mean time!) but the memberships to museums and cultural centers throughout NYC are amazing (this is not an ad, I am legitimately  enjoying all of the IDNYC perks)!

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Happy Earth Day! Celebrate with #selfiesinnature

As far as I’m concerned EVERY day should be Earth Day…or Earth Month as it is now? Even though I’m an ardent urbanphile (is that a word? Now it is.) I know how important conservation and being ecofriendly is. I do my part by recycling, buying earth-friendly products whenever possible, and throwing serious shade toward litterbugs when I see them in public.  Despite my efforts, I get really nervous and anxious whenever I leave the city and see too many trees. However, ICF International  has provided a way to encourage people like me to get out in nature while celebrating Earth Month with their #SelfiesinNature campaign. The concept is actually quite simple – for every selfie you share via social media, ICF International will plant a tree!

If you’re like me and can’t take a decent selfie for the life of you, check out this helpful guide. And of course, if you need some inspiration, there’s always the ChainSmokers’ ode to the selfie to help get you motivated.

Plus, check out ICF International’s Tips for how you can help participate in Earth Month.

10 Easy Ways to Help Save Our Planet

 

  1. Compost your garbage.

Biodegradable waste, such as food scraps and yard clippings comprise about 25 percent of landfills. Compost at home and nurture your garden.

 

  1. Reduce your carbon footprint.

Leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year! To reduce your carbon footprint, try to combine your errands and shopping trips so that you do not have to make as many trips in your car. If you commute to work, ask if you can work from home once in a while, and you’ll reduce air pollution, traffic congestion, and save money. EPA has great info on reducing greenhouse gases on the road.

 

  1. Use reusable dishes.

Replace disposable goods with reusable ones. Buy rechargeable batteries and use reusable dishware instead of disposable products.

 

  1. Make it a full load.

Run your dishwasher only when it’s full. Don’t pre-rinse dishes (tests show pre-rinsing doesn’t improve dishwasher cleaning) and you’ll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. When you buy a new dishwasher, look for one that saves water. Water-efficient models use only about 4 gallons per wash. Learn more about using water wisely via EPA’s WaterSense program.

 

  1. eCycle it.

Take your old computer, DVD player, or other electronics to an electronics recycling center. Reusing and recycling materials like copper, gold and others saves natural resources and reduces mining and processing. eCycling also helps avoid land, air and water pollution by capturing and reusing hazardous substances such as lead or chromium. Find eCycling centers near you.

 

  1. Head to the dump.

On average, each of us creates 4.6 pounds of trash per day, and 55% goes to landfills (the other 45% is recycled or incinerated). Take a trip to your landfill to see where your trash goes. Be an informed consumer—it could influence your habits.

 

  1. Plant a tree.

Trees are one of the planet’s strongest natural defenses against carbon accumulation and greenhouse gases. Not only do trees provide much-needed oxygen, but they also use the carbon we create.

 

  1. Wash your laundry in cold water.

Most loads don’t need hot water, and 90 percent of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating. The higher the water temperature, the higher the cost to you and the planet.

 

  1. Reduce your energy bill by avoiding peak usage hours.

Avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers, and electric ovens during peak energy demand hours from 5 to 9 a.m. and  4 to 7:00 p.m.

10. Dispose of your pooch’s waste with biodegradable bags instead of plastic grocery bags.

You can find biodegradable options at most pet stores. Remember: plastic grocery bags take forever to decompose in landfills, and many end up in our waterways. Want to go the extra mile? Consider composting pet waste.