A VISIT TO THE KING MANOR MUSEUM

Not many Americans know of Rufus King and his family, but they should .

Not many New Yorkers know of him, either and they definitely should .

Rufus King was one of the members of the Continental Congress , which met in Philadelphia right after the Revolutionary War .

You might say that he was one of “the Founding Fathers ” as he also signed the constitution as a member of the New York delegation.

He was a United States senator and an ambassador to Great Britain under three presidents, Washington , Adams and Jefferson .

He was an outspoken critic against slavery.

The house, which is now a museum, was the home of Rufus, his wife, Mary, and their five sons, one of which became the governor of New York .

The house, which began as a farmhouse , was brought in 1805 by Rufus.

It stayed in the family until 1896, when his granddaughter , Cornelia , died.

The city of New York took over the property and in 1900, the house became a museum .

There is a guided tour of the house, which I advise that you take, as the guides are friendly and very knowledgeable about the house and the family .

You’ll see artifacts that the family did actually use such as the piano in the parlor , which still works.

You’ll also see the delicate and very elegant tea set that belonged to Elizabeth King , another granddaughter of Rufus.

Her portrait is on the second floor of the house as is the drawing room belonging to her uncle John who was the governor of New York .

The house is decorated in period pieces, even the kitchen.

While I did enjoy looking at how the servants prepared food, my favorite room had to be the dining room, where the Kings probably entertained guests .

There’s even a portrait of Mary hanging in the dining room which should tell you who exactly was the boss of the house, and it wasn’t Rufus.

There is a suggested admission price of $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students, but the main focus of this museum is for you to experience a time in history that you thought you knew about, but realky didn’t .

The museum also has lectures , which are free to the public.

The museum is easily accessible by taking the E train and getting off at the last stop, Jamaica Center and Archer Avenue .

From there , you walk down to 153th Street and Jamaica Avenue.

The museum is right there , in the middle of Rufus King Park.

What is now Rufus King Park used to be part of King Manor as well.

It was that big .

King Manor Museum

Rufus King Park

Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street

Jamaica , Queens, New York

Monday – Friday 12pm -2pm

Saturday – Sunday 1pm – 5pm

The museum is opened from February until December and closed the entire month of January .

200 FOLLOWERS

While checking my email and stats, I realized that I passed two milestones.

It was my first blogversary on WordPress and most importantly, I now have reached 201 followers.

It may not seem like a lot after a year but when I first started my little old story about what to do in a city after you’ve gone to that baseball , hockey , football , and basketball game, I didn’t think that anybody would be interested in hearing about what to do in New York City or Washington, DC , let alone visiting Philadelphia, Baltimore or riding the light rail in Pittsburgh .

I was wrong.

You do want to hear about history coming alive in Lower Manhattan or Lexington and Cambridge , Massachusetts .

Or whether you should stay on the Las Vegas Strip or Downtown Las Vegas .

You even are interested in my bucket list- all 150 things I want to see and do.

Many of you are interested in my blog and for that I thank all of you.

I’m hoping to bring more things to do in a city in up coming posts.

And I hope you enjoy hearing about them as much as I’m enjoying sharing them with you.

Thank you all again and God Bless You

Sportsdiva64

LIVING IN LAS VEGAS OR DO YOU LIVE IN A CASINO?

‘I’m leaving Los Angeles and I’m moving to Las Vegas . ‘

“Las Vegas ? Do they have houses on the Las Vegas Strip?”

“Do people ACTUALLY live in Las Vegas ? ”

‘Yes, and I’m going to find a place in Downtown Las Vegas . ‘

“Downtown Las Vegas ? There’s really a Downtown Las Vegas ? ”

‘Yes, it’s where Las Vegas actually started.”

“No, seriously. Where are you going to live in Las Vegas , a casino?”

Long before I had even thought about or even considered doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour , well meaning friends and definately many family members who didn’t know that much about Las Vegas asked me questions like this constantly .

I told them that I was leaving Los Angeles after 10 years.

I had quit my job at Malaysia Airlines and like Lebron James, I was taking my talents elsewhere .

I wasn’t moving to South Beach, though.

Nor was I moving back to the East Coast .

I was going to Sin City, Las Vegas , aka New York City on steroids.

What was I going to be doing?

I didn’t know that much about the city, even though I visited there, a lot.

Las Vegas is just about as close to a suburb of Los Angeles as you can get.

I signed up with a temporary agency, but I wasn’t going to do any kind of job in the city until I got fingerprinted by the Las Vegas police department, which EVERYONE in town must do if you’re applying for any kind of job.

Contrary to popular belief though, prostitution is ILLEGAL in Clark County , where the city is located , not that was going to be my job, mind you.

The agency paid for my fingerprints, which I think were either $50 or $75.

(It was 12 years ago, people. My memory isn’t that sharp !)

When I first moved, I had enough money to stay at El Cortez Hotel, which is downtown, and was once owned by Bugsy Siegel, the mobster.

I stayed for about a week or so.

When my money ran out, I didn’t know where to go.

I still didn’t know the city that well enough.

Someone at the agency suggested a place in North Las Vegas called Shade Tree Inn.

It became my home for awhile.

Did I mention that this was a homeless shelter for single women and women with children ?

Yes, I stayed in a homeless shelter for awhile and I’m not ashamed to say so.

You do what you have to do to get by.

I had to learn when to get up at a certain time, when to bathe at a certain time, what time to be in bed, and try to find something to do in the morning because the shelter didn’t let you in your room from the hours of 10am until 4:30pm.

I had to check in with the staff if I came in after 11pm, which was when the staff turned the lights off.

I did find an apartment as well as a job after awhile.

My apartment, which was a studio with kitchen, bathroom and a balcony, cost less than my place in California and a heck of a lot less than what I’m paying here in New York City .

Like my job, my place was located in Downtown Las Vegas , mere blocks from my job on Fremont Street.

Where did I work?

It’s Vegas, I worked at a casino.

I worked at Fitzgeralds Hotel and Casino, which is now known as “The D”.

I was one of those people who make the players cards, which you give to the dealer at the table ,or put in the slot machines .

My fancy schmanzy job title was “card ambassador”.

Did I enjoy those three years that I lived in Las Vegas ?

Yes and no.

I didn’t know what to expect.

I didn’t follow my own advice.

I didn’t do my research .

Visiting Las Vegas is very different than living here.

The cost of living is low.

There’s no state tax.

Now some of you may say what’s wrong with that?

I’m greedy.

When those tax refund checks come in, I want to see a federal AND a state in my account, just saying.

Need I bring up the heat in the summer?

I don’t care if it’s a ‘dry heat'(my microwave is too.), I can never get used to getting home after midnight and it’s 99 degrees.

Plus my neighbors are in the huge pool that takes up most of the apartment’s courtyard .

Definitely wasn’t used to that.

Nor could I get used to waking up at 9am, and the temperature is 106 degrees and climbing.

Needless to say, the casinos made it very easy for locals to lose money.

Need your paycheck cashed?

We’ll do it for you so you can play those slots.

Even the casinos on the Strip began catering to the locals who rarely gambled there .

I took advantage of everything because I liked playing the slots and getting all the perks that I could.

After work it was always party time.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas , right?

There’s more partying going on now it seems than when I lived in Vegas.

Every day a new restaurant , hotel, dance club or show is opening up or so it seems.

After three years in Vegas, I decided to move again, back home to New York City where most of my family and friends are.

There are times that I question moving back to New York .

However, if you were to ask me if I did move , would it be back to Las Vegas ?

I don’t know honestly .

I have way too much stuff going on and I really don’t have the patience anymore to reapply for services that I’m getting here in New York .

You know, that “senior stuff”.

I enjoy visiting though where for a couple of days or even a week, I can say that I live

in a casino .

LOADS OF FOOD AT CARMINE’S

For once, the Sports Diva wasn’t at home watching some sporting event.

Nor was I on another 30 Plus Teams Tour, getting ready to go to some sporting event.

Instead, I went to Carmine’s Restaurant for a late birthday dinner, courtesy of my nephew and sister in law.

There are two Carmine’s Restaurant branches in New York City .

There’s branches in the Theater District of New York City , and branches in Atlantic City , Washington DC , Las Vegas and even in the Bahamas .

The one that we’re going to is on the Upper West Side on Broadway at 91st street.

Reservations are required and make sure if you make a reservation for four people, all four of you are there when the host or hostess is getting ready to seat you, otherwise you won’t be seated.

Everyone in your party must be there.

You’ll notice that the restaurant seems to be loud.

It is and it’s not just because you’re in New York .

The tables are close to each other .

It was my first time at Carmine’s .

I’m so glad that I hadn’t eaten either a big breakfast or lunch.

The amount of food is amazing .

When you’re shown to your seat, your waiter greets you and tells you the specials for the evening.

Once you order, you’d be amazed at how big the portions of food are, even if you order an appetizer .

There were three of us at the table, and there was so much food that we ended up bringing home leftovers , even salad and bread.

Once your food is ready, your waiter brings your food out on a platter .

He or she then puts your plates on the table and proceeds to serve your food to you on the plates.

It’s a lot of food as you can tell by the pictures.

I apologize that the pictures are dark, but you can see how huge these platters are.

To say that this is a lot of food for one person, let alone two or four, is an understatement .

You definitely won’t go home hungry at this restaurant .

If you do, there’s something wrong with you.

The food not only looks delicious, it is at this family style restaurant that has been around since 1990.

Prices are higher for dinner than they are for lunch .

The restaurant on Broadway and 91st is open for lunch and dinner every day .

When you come to Carmine’s , enjoy yourself and definately bring your appetite with you.

Carmine’s Restaurant

Upper West Side

2450 Broadway at 91st Street

New York , NY 10024

212-362-2200

Sunday-Thursday 11:30am until 11pm

Friday – Saturday 11:30am until 12am