SPENDING A LITTLE TIME AT JFK

I was supposed to be checking out an exhibit that was done in conjunction with the New York Rangers hockey team right in my back yard, JFK.

Being the Sports Diva that I am , I had to see this, so I got up early since it was only supposed to be at Delta Airlines Terminal 4 from 7am until noon, and got on my local bus Q3, which goes to JFK.

When I got there, no one had a clue what I was talking about until a lady at the Delta Airlines counter said, “oh you mean the No Quit In NY letters. It’s at Gate B, downstairs.”

Now even though I wanted to see this exhibit really bad, it meant I had to go through security to see it.

One problem though. A huge sign when you get to security that says, “TICKETED PASSENGERS ONLY”.

So much for that idea.

I thought this was a wasted trip but it wasn’t.

Since I have all day to do nothing(you can do that once you’re retired.), I decided to take a free trip around the airport, courtesy of the JFK Air train.

There are 8 terminals at this airport, you have to know what terminal your airline leaves from, right?
As the Air train leaves JFK, this is the first sign you see
JFK Air trains waiting to go
Flags of the United States, the city of New York, New York State and the borough of Queens all together
Don’t sit on this part of the Air train and don’t put your luggage here either
British Airways and Alaska Airlines leave from the same terminal
Delta Airlines planes just sitting at Terminal 4. They also leave from Terminal 2.
Coming past the TWA Hotel at Terminal 5. Still have yet to stay there
The Lefferts Boulevard Station on the Air train. You can connect to other terminals, the A train that goes to Howard Beach or like me, the Q3 bus
Gotta have a schedule even for the Air Train
This is what I was looking for. It was at Penn Station for a few days then at JFK for a few hours

RIDING NEW JERSEY TRANSIT TO NEWARK LIBERTY AIRPORT

Normally when I have a flight that leaves from the third New York airport, Newark Liberty, I have to take the subway from my house in Queens to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in downtown New York City then take the Coach Bus to Newark Airport.

This took about an hour or so, depending on traffic, or if I could get a seat on the bus.

It stopped at all three terminals at Newark Liberty and cost $9 each way with my senior discount.

Since Covid, not as many buses go out of Port Authority Bus Terminal to Newark Liberty anymore, and since the New York City subways are, to put it nicely, a fire dumpster waiting to happen, not to mention a crime scene waiting to happen, people have found new ways to get to the third New York City area airport , Newark Liberty.

It costs more money but it’s shorter than taking a bus from Piet Authority Bus Terminal.

If you’re like me and you live in Queens, Brooklyn or on Long Island, you can take the Long Island Railroad train into Penn Station in Manhattan, which costs me $10.25 round trip senior rate.

From there, walk upstairs to the New Jersey transit station, also at Penn Station (it’s listed as New York Penn Station not to confuse it with the second stop on New Jersey Transit, Newark Penn Station)and take the New Jersey transit train to the Newark Liberty Airport Station and take the Air Train to your terminal.

For me, the senior rate was $11.50 each way. Just remember to hold onto your ticket because you will need it to exit the station.

It takes roughly less than an hour from New York Penn Station to the airport.

After New York Penn Station, there are 3 stops, Secaucus Junction, Newark Penn Station and finally, Newark Liberty Airport Station.

New Jersey transit also goes from Newark Liberty to Philadelphia and back if you don’t want to leave from Philadelphia International Airport.

Also at this station, Amtrak also leaves but it’s more expensive.

Even though it was more expensive for me to go this way, it was worth it

RIDING ON THE NEW JERSEY TRANSIT

When I go to a New Jersey Devils hockey game like I did last night, October 1st, I normally take the New York City subway, F train from Queens to 33rd or 23rd street and take the PATH train to Penn Station in Newark, New Jersey, which is across the street from Prudential Center.

This time, I tried something different.

I took a Long Island Railroad train from my station, Locust Manor to the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station in New York and took a train that I haven’t taken in years.

It was a New Jersey Transit train and the final stop for me was Penn Station in Newark.

The train is cheaper than taking the PATH train and it’s faster.

I was able to get a senior rate, something that I really don’t get on the PATH Train.

It was $2.45 each way and as I said it’s faster.

Roughly 15-20 minutes from New York Penn Station to Newark Penn Station, with a stop in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The PATH train takes about an hour, making many stops in New York City on the way to Journal Square in Jersey City.

After that, you have to change and take the train to Newark, with a stop in Harrison, New Jersey before you even get to Newark.

Don’t need to tell you how tiring that is.

Plus it’s $2.75 each way, without a senior rate.

It stops at the same place as the New Jersey Transit train does, but whereas the PATH train’s final stop is Newark, the New Jersey Transit train’s final stop could be ANYWHERE in New Jersey or even Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Both trains stop at tracks next to each other, so don’t get confused.

Now that I have a new and faster way to do a 30 Plus Teams Tour of the place they call, “The Garden State”, I’m surely going to take advantage of it.

PICTURES OF WASHINGTON DC PART TWO

Because there is so much to see in DC, places and buildings that so many, including locals don’t really know anything about, here’s more pictures of this 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC aka “The District”.

This is part of the Environmental Protection Agency. This particular building is the William Jefferson Clinton Building. Yep, that is Bill Clinton’s full name.
This is the Carnegie Library better known as the DC History Center
Walter E Washington Convention Center, many events are held here
The city of Arlington, Virginia looking across from Washington DC
No matter where you go in DC, you’ll see signs like this giving you a history of the neighborhood you’re in
The Arlington Bridge separates Virginia from Washington DC. It was built after the Civil War to unite the North and the South

PICTURES OF WASHINGTON DC PART ONE

When people do their own 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC, they visit the usual spots, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, even the Martin Luther King Memorial.

Many of them even take the Washington DC Metro even though many of us, (the Sports Diva included who visits The District quite often)don’t get the concept of swiping your Metro Card entering a station and then again EXITING a Metro Station.

These pictures are from places that’s known to tourists but mostly locals.

When doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC, aka “The District”, you might want to check out some of these places and get familiar with some of these Metro Stations.

The main terminal in DC for buses and trains. This is on the Red Line Metro
This is the station for the airport closest to Washington DC, but it’s actually in Arlington, Virginia
This is close by the Capitol building and now you’ll see a lot of skateboarders using it to try their newest moves
This station is on the Silver, Orange, and Blue Lines. You’ll find a lot of government buildings here.
The area of Arlington National Cemetery that many tourists rarely see. The Blue Line Metro can take you there

DISCOVERING MILBURN POND PARK

Once again, it was a ride on the Nassau County bus to the incorporated village of Freeport , Long Island to run an errand.

As always, my little notebook or some kind of paper is with me so that I can think of other places to do a stay at home 30 Plus Teams Tour .

Yesterday, September 2nd, was no exception .

On other rides to Freeport , I noticed a park that’s right on the Freeport and Baldwin border.

There were Canadian Geese and Seagulls all over the place .

Now I should let you know that I don’t like birds.

I think I watched the Alfred Hitchcock movie, ‘The Birds’ a little too much.

If you’ve ever seen that movie, you have an idea what I’m talking about.

If you haven’t , rent that sucker. You’ll have the same reaction to birds that I have .

But I digress.

My visit to Milburn Pond Park, which is located on Milburn Road and Merrick Boulevard was very peaceful .

Yes, there were loads of birds, Canada Geese and seagulls around, but they didn’t bother me, and I sure wasn’t bothering them.

Although I must admit when they were flying around , I got nervous.

They landed in the water as if to say , ‘Sports Diva, we ain’t thinking about you . It’s hot, it’s humid, we need some water!’

I wasn’t the only one noticing how peaceful this little park is.

People were just relaxing, wearing their masks of course, and taking in this beautiful but humid day.

I’m glad I finally got the chance to see this park up close.

A VISIT TO BELMONT PARK

  • I thought I  would  be missing  all the 30 Plus  Teams  Tours  that I  would be making since the Virus  from  hell  came  on the scene .
  • I couldn’t  understand  why y’all  were so interested  in what was in my suitcase.
  • In other words, I  really thought that I would really miss plane travel for another 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  anywhere .
  • Believe it or not, I’m  really enjoying visiting  places by public transportation .
  • I  took  another trip on the local Queens bus to Elmont, Long Island .
  • I was going to see Belmont Racetrack ,home of the third leg of horse  racing’s ‘triple crown’.
  • But no, I don’t   bet on horses .
  • I just like looking  at  them.
  • (Besides the  Belmont Stakes, there’s  also the Preakness  Stakes, held in Baltimore  and of course, something that’s  on my bucket list ,  the Kentucky  Derby, held in Louisville ,  Kentucky  .)
  • The Sports Diva  had another reason for visiting  Elmont and Belmont  Park .
  • Right next door ,  under construction ,  is Belmont  Arena .
  • It’s  going to be the new home  of  the  New York  Islanders  hockey club.
  • You just know ,  the Sports Diva  had to see this.
  • As it was a very nice day, I  really enjoyed  my day and am looking forward  to  the next place to visit.
  • I said it before and I’ll  say it again.
  • I  can get used to not flying anywhere but taking public  transportation . 20200814_12581020200814_12414720200814_125158FB_IMG_159745653520320200814_12564620200814_12473920200814_12450220200814_13043620200814_13012820200814_130518

SPENDING TIME IN FREEPORT, LONG ISLAND

If I have to run any kind of errands , they’re usually done in the cities of Springfield Gardens /Locust Manor, where I live or either in the cities of Lynbrook or Valley Stream on Long Island .

I decided to do some errands in another city on Long Island , the incorporated city of Freeport .

I’ve been to Freeport before, sort of .

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Transferring to another Nassau County bus at Freeport Transit Center doesn’t count, though.

Neither does waiting at the Freeport Long Island Railroad Station .

Like everywhere else, social distancing is the norm in Freeport .

This means, have those masks, and stand six feet away no matter if you’re in the line for groceries , medicine or money at the bank.

I’m sorry that I didn’t spend a little more time here in Freeport , but I will.

It was such a nice day, but a hurricane which ended up knocking out my power for almost 4 days, was on the way .

Tell me what else can happen in New York City in 2020?

A DAY AT THE BEACH

It was a really hot and humid day on July 27th, so the Sports Diva decided to do her 30 Plus Teams Tour in a place that I hadn’t been to since I was a little girl .

I went to Jones Beach in the town of Wantagh , Long Island .

As usual, I traveled by public transportation .

I took the N88 express bus from Freeport to Wantagh .

It was another Nassau County bus, and it went non stop.

It only took 20 or so minutes to get to the beach.

Once again, since there really isn’t any traveling on an airplane (for the Sports Diva at least for awhile.), I have to make due with trips to Long Island .

When the virus from hell first came on the scene, I was very upset that I had to forget about my usual 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas and other places.

Now that we’re almost at the end of July, I look at the virus just a little bit differently.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still that ex boyfriend that didn’t get the memo that you’ve broken up, or those annoying relatives that just won’t get the hint that they have over stayed their welcome.

Now it’s just , ‘Rona’ and as much as we don’t want to , we have to deal with it because it’s gonna be here with us for awhile .

When the bus dropped me off, I realized that there are three areas of Jones Beach

The East Boathouse , which is mostly for adults only, the West

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Boathouse, which is where I was and the the Central Mall which is the biggest area .

With that in mind, it didn’t matter that the Atlantic Ocean was very salty, I dipped my toes into the bright blue water.

I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t near the Pacific Ocean and I wasn’t at one of those pool parties that I love to go to whenever I’m in Las Vegas .

There were families at Jones Beach , doing the same thing that I was trying to do, escape the heat and take a dip in the very salty Atlantic Ocean .

At almost 100 degrees, and humidity almost as high, the fact that the water was salty didn’t really matter.

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I was ready for my day at the beach and it won’t be the last day this summer that my 30 Plus Teams Tour is going to be at some beach in New York City or Long Island .

A Walk Down Rockaway Avenue

Once again, my 30 Plus Teams Tour has brought me to the place known as The Incorporated Village of Valley Stream.

My ride, better known as the Nassau County Bus, brought me to one of, if not the main street of the village, and that’s Rockaway Avenue.

On this street, which takes you all the way down to Sunrise Highway, where the Long Island Railroad stops, one will find shops, office buildings, restaurants, and lots of houses of worship.

The restaurants had outdoor seating as we’re still on Phase 3 of opening New York.

Like their neighbors in the five boroughs, masks are a requirement here on Long Island.

Even though I miss traveling to another state for my 30 Plus Teams Tour, I’m enjoying my bus rides and train rides to the cities that are close by me.

It was a nice day as I walked down Rockaway Avenue and in other sections of Valley Stream.

It didn’t even bother me that one of the streets that I walked down was South Corona.

How much do you wanna bet they want to change that name when the virus from hell is over?