ANOTHER VISIT TO THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Last summer I wrote another post on the American Museum of Natural History .

I returned to the museum , which takes up 3 blocks of Central Park West from 78th to 81st streets in New York City, to see some exhibits that I didn’t see the first time.

This being New York , where everything is big and spread out , there was a lot of things that I didn’t see.

Monkeys, history of peoples, dinosaurs and Theodore Roosevelt Hall were some of the things that I didn’t get to see the first time .

As I’m not a fan of the satellites and planets, the world famous Hayden Planetarium wasn’t on my list of things to see.

I didn’t see the planetarium the first time, so why would I want to see it now and get really bored?

No, thanks, I’ll pass on that solar system thingy.

The dinosaurs with the names that I can’t pronounce is more my speed.

There was one exhibit with a raptor or some other tyrannosaurus that was so big and long that its head stuck out the door.

I don’t think that I need to tell you that selfies were in full effect and I wasn’t the only one taking a selfie with what ever this animal was.

This section was full of little schoolchildren, who were confused as to whether they were in a playground or a museum.

I knew it was time to move onto another area of the museum so I went to the Theodore Roosevelt Hall, which is on the first floor and named after the former president who was one of the first American politicians who was interested in conservation .

This is one of the museum’s that all those travel guidebooks say that you must see while you’re in New York City .

They aren’t wrong.

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RIDING ON THE NUMBER 1 TRAIN PART 1

Today was very nice here in New York and I decided to go on a 30 Plus Teams Tour of the New York City subways .

I decided to go today because the next couple of days here in the city are supposed to be very bad with hail and a tornado watch, something that we usually don’t get here in New York .

I know that I have to take care of some business on 66th Street and Braodway, which is where you get off for Lincoln Center, Central Park and all those shows filmed live at the ABC Television Studios.

I’m walking up to 79th Street for another visit to the American Museum of Natural History , but after that I have no idea where my tour on the number 1 train is going to take me.

The train is a local train, making every stop from South Ferry station all the way up to the Riverdale section of The Bronx at 242nd Street .

Eventually , I got off at 157th Street and Broadway, but there’s so many things to see at every station, so that’s why my post on the number 1 train will have two parts.

Every station even has art and this being New York City , even the sidewalks have some kind of weird looking art.

I can tell you, though, if you want to visit Columbia University at 116th st or Grant’s Tomb at 121st, this is the train that you’ll take.

Enjoy your ride.

WALKING DOWN PARK AVENUE LIKE I OWN IT

No, not really.

I can though, cross another thing off my bucket list.

It’s number 133, walking down Park Avenue like I own the place.

The area of Park Avenue where I began my journey is the part of Park Avenue that people relly don’t know and really don’t associate with Park Avenue.

It’s the upper East side of Manhattan .

I began my journey at 97th street and ended it on 82nd street and Park.

There really wasn’t that many people walking on this part of Park Avenue, but it wasn’t empty either .

This is New York City , after all .

In all fairness, it’s not as crowded as the more well known streets of Park Avenue are.

Those streets are 42nd all the way up to 57th Street, and those streets are very crowded.

You won’t find a subway on Park Avenue, you have to go one block over to Lexington Avenue to find one.

Some of you who have been to New York City may say that you have taken a subway train on Park Avenue .

Yes and no.

There is a train that leaves from Grand Central Station on 42nd street and 125th street on Park Avenue .

It’s the Metro North train, and after the train leaves 125th Street on Park, it continues onto cities in Westchester County and Connecticut .

If you want to make a day of it , let’s say to New Haven, Connecticut , the Metro North train is the train you have to take, and you have to go to Park Avenue to get it.

While you’re on that 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City , or even if you aren’t , make it a point to visit Park Avenue .

Just remember to walk down the street like you own it!

RIDING THE Q TRAIN

This is one subway line that I don’t ride that often, if at all.

The Q train is one of the oldest subway lines in the city.

The train used to begin in Queens at Ditmas Boulevard, run through Manhattan , and then go all the way to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn .

It doesn’t leave from Queens anymore.

It still goes to Manhattan and ends in Brooklyn .

It begins at 96th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan .

The Second Avenue part of the train makes stops at 72nd, 86th, and 96th Streets on Second Avenue .

New Yorkers of a certain age, like myself, remember when the city fathers talked about having the trains run on Second Avenue, but it never happened.

It would have made it easier for those of us who lived in either Brookkyn or Queens to take this train if we worked or went to school on the upper east side, which is what Second Avenue is.

It finally happened a few years ago and the stations are beautiful and very unique .

My own 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City took me to two of the stations, 86th and 96th Street, which is the last stop.

There’s art everywhere .

If you look above you on two of the stairways are the words , “Excelsior” and “E Pluribus Unum.”

Excelsior is the word you see on the state of New York flag and since 1776, E Pluribus Unum has been the motto of the United States .

It means “Out of many, one”.

Also, in case you don’t know what subway line you’re riding, look on the staircases on

the downtown and uptown sides of the subway.

The sign spells out The Second Avenue Subway.