GET OUT THERE AND VOTE

Most cities in the United States have what’s called early voting, which means you can vote before the normal election day, which is usually the first Tuesday in November.

This year, its Tuesday, November 3rd and this election is very important.

The United States will either have a new president or the same one.

October 24 was New York’s turn for the start of early voting and like me, many people took advantage of it and waited in line, sometimes more than 2 hours to exercise their right to vote.

As I had absentee ballots for myself, aunt and cousin, I was able to drop my ballots into a dropbox inside the voting place, although it would have been nice if I and a couple of other people who stood in line for almost 3 hours had been given this need to know information earlier.

Luckily I had one of those stadium chairs to sit on while i waited my turn, and discussed politics in the United States with other voters waiting in line also.

Finally, i got to put the ballots in the dropbox.

This was all worth it.

My grandparents who were born and raised in Waxhaw County, North Carolina and Lancaster, South Carolina, couldn’t even vote.

Even though the lines were long, I didn’t mind doing it.

Too many people died trying to vote, it’s the least the Sports Diva can do.

HEALTHY DRINKING AT MR. WISH

While doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour staycation of Kew Gardens , I wanted something to drink, but not an adult beverage and not a coffee from either Dunkin Donuts or Seven Eleven coffee.

While doing some exploring around the area near the Kew Gardens Long Island Railroad Station was, I noticed a place called , ‘Mr. Wish’.

It claimed that it had ‘healthy bubble drinks and fruit teas.’

I looked at the pictures on the store window and on the menu, and I saw a drink that I hadn’t had since I lived in Los Angeles .

It was Pearl Milk Tea.

For $3.75 plus taxes, I figured why not get a medium one?

I had time to kill before my train back to Locust Manor came.

The Pearl Milk Tea was delicious , and made just the way I like my bubble tea.

No sugar needed, and big bubble pieces that are big but not that big that they won’t fit through your straw .

It just so happens that Mr. Wish’s teas and fruit juices are the number one brand in Taiwan and besides having stores in Taiwan and the United States , they also have locations in China , Vietnam , plus 150 other locations.

It’s easy to see why.

The store that I went to is located at 80 – 62 Lefferts Boulevard , Kew Gardens .

Mr. Wish claims that they have ‘authentic Fruit and Bubble Teas.’

They do.

If you can’t get to New York City or the borough of Queens, see if there is a Mr. Wish in your city.

You won’t be disappointed and the prices are very reasonable .

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

A DAY IN SPRINGFIELD PARK

I didn’t  have  to  take  Nassau County public transportation for this 30 Plus  Teams  Tour .

I  let my feet do some of  the  walking.

I did take a bus but just for 20 blocks and walked the rest of the way, all 5 blocks.

I could have walked the whole way, but I  was saving my walking for the park.

Springfield  Park on Springfield  Boulevard  is located at the end of the city  of Springfield  Gardens  and the beginning  of the  city of  Rosedale . 20200811_12150220200811_11545620200811_11544720200811_12035420200811_12011720200811_12244320200811_12011120200811_12132420200811_120738

After you leave Rosedale ,  you’re  out of New York  City  and on Long Island .

Surprisingly ,  I was in this same park four years ago  to the day.

I didn’t  remember  this but leave it to Facebook  Memories  to remind me.

It was a beautiful  day, but as we are a week or so away from most of us not having any power  thanks to the hurricane, trees were down all over the park.

Queens  is the borough  of New York  City  that has the most trees, and they are NO MATCH for a storm with 75 plus mph winds  let alone rain.

It was hot but a really beautiful  day  and I’m forgetting  that I’m  not really traveling  like I used to.

Sort of .

A DAY AT JFK AIRPORT

As usual , because of the Corona virus , my 30 Plus Teams Tour isn’t made by flying out of state, but by taking a New York City bus, Nassau County bus or the Long Island Railroad somewhere.

Saturday , July 18th was no exception .

I had a choice, either go to Belmont Park Racetrack in the village of Elmont, Long Island or right in my own backyard to JFK Airport, a 20 minute bus ride away.

Since I haven’t been to JFK in oh forever , why not go and take pictures?

Unfortunately , due to the quarantine , I couldn’t see as much as I wanted to see.

Much of JFK was closed off especially if you weren’t either an essential worker or a ticketed passenger .

However, I did get to go next door to JFK and walk inside the TWA Hotel , which used to be the old TWA terminal.

More about that hotel in a later post.

Right now, enjoy some pictures from another 30 Plus Teams Tour Day trip in the New York City area.

GO AWAY CORONAVIRUS, I’M GOING ON A BUS RIDE

It was Memorial Day here in the United States , a day where we honor all those veterans that made it possible for us here to enjoy the right to shop, live and yes , do those 30 Plus Teams Tours we sports fans love doing.

Thanks to the virus from hell , it’s not possible for us to do what we used to do.

But here in New York City as well as some other states in the country, places are opening up.

While large groups of people can’t get together and act the fool, it is okay if up to 10 people do this.

Just remember your masks and gloves people.

You can’t swim on the beaches but at least you can walk on the sand here.

Usually, for Memorial Day, the Sports Diva is doing some kind of 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere.

Virus from hell or no virus from hell , 2020 is no different .

Except, I’m doing a stay cation 30 Plus Teams Tour.

Hello to that orange and blue bus route N4 that starts in the borough of Queens and ends in Nassau County Long Island.

Instead of going to Philadelphia, Boston or Washington, DC, my trip is taking me to the cities or incorporated towns of Baldwin , Valley Stream, Lynbrook and Rockville Centre , Long Island.

While buses in New York City are run by the MTA or Metropolitan Transit Authority, buses in this section of Long Island are run by Nassau County transit.

Like everything else in New York City , don’t even try to come on without your mask and please forget about paying, get on the back of the bus please and stay away from the driver.

If you need to ask for directions on how to get where you’re going, too bad.

No interaction with the driver.

Didn’t you get that memo about staying 6 feet away?

So with camera phone in hand, the Sports Diva said stand back coronavirus, mama is going away, if only for a few hours.

Guess what?

It felt so good, I just might do it again.

PICTURES FROM ANOTHER VISIT TO ROOSEVELT ISLAND

Last year, around this same time, I went to the area of Roosevelt Island that msny tourists and even some New Yorkers don’t even know about .

I went there with a relative for a barbecue and to enjoy the nice ,and not so hot for once, summer New York City day.

As usual , there was good food, the view of New York City from the Queens side and lots of dancing.

My auntie even got to do the “electric slide”, a dance that I DON’T even know how to do.

It was a wicked fun time as you’ll be able to see from the pictures.

By the end of the evening, the nice summery dress that I was wearing was full of barbecue, ice cream, and watermelon juice stains.

Yep, I was a walking advertisement for laundry detergent .

All in all I had a good time, even though I just know that I packed on a few pounds.

But that’s ok. Im on my way in a few days on a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere, so those pounds will melt away.

RIDING ON THE NUMBER SEVEN TRAIN

I rarely use this train but as I’m on my way to the Queens Zoo , which is in another Queens neighborhood , I have to take the number 7 train.

The number 7 train goes from Hudson Yards and 34th Street in Manhattan all the way to Main Street in Flushing, which is the second Chinatown in New York City .

If you want to see the Highline in Manhattan , this is the train that you take.

Just get off at Hudson Yards and walk a block or so.

Of course when your 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York brings you to a New York Mets baseball game at Citi Field, you take this train as well.

By the way, if you take this train to Citi Field and you don’t know where to get off, sorry.

The train stop will tell you, Willets Point-Citi Field.

I’m on my way to Queens Zoo, a place that I never knew existed.

I’ll tell you more about my visit to Queens Zoo in another post.

Today, it’s all about the Number 7 subway line.

Many people, not so nicely, used to refer to this subway line as either “The International Express” or “The Orient Express”.

The number 7 goes through the Queens neighborhoods of Elmhurst , Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, and Flushing, where the populations are mostly Korean, Chinese , Filipino , Chinese, Latin American, and Indian.

Take this train to see just why the borough of Queens is one of the most diverse in the country.

The number 7 is one of the few subway lines in New York that is above ground.

It goes underground the closer it gets to Manhattan .

Enjoy the view as you see how the rest of New York City lives.

You know, the ones that the guidebooks rarely mention, if at all.

Like the rest of the New York City subway system, the nunber 7 train runs all night.

Use that Metro Card that you brought and enjoy riding on the number 7 train.

START SPREADING  THE  NEWS- NEW YORK ,  NEW YORK .  RIDING THE  NEW YORK  CITY  SUBWAY  

I’m  doing  my own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New York  City  right now . 

I’m  on my  way  to  Barclay’s  Center  in Brooklyn  for a sporting  event . 

It’s  a hockey  game  between  the  Vegas Golden  Knights  and the New York  Islanders . 

Like  many New Yorkers, I  don’t  drive  anywhere . 

I have to  take public  transportation  from my house in the borough  of Queens  to get to  Brooklyn . 

This of course ,  means taking a New York  City  subway . 

Even the train that I’m  on now, the “F” train does go into Brooklyn ,  it’s  not the section  of  Brooklyn  that Barclay’s  Center  is located in . 

The borough  of Brooklyn  is so big that if it were to break away from New York  State, it might just be the 51st state.

So, I do have to transfer to another train, something  that  a lot of New Yorkers  do quite often  whether  they’re  going  to  work ,  school ,  a Broadway  show, a dance club, or even a sporting  event . 

There’s  no way around it when you take the subway in New York  and you live in the “Outer Boroughs “, that’s  Brooklyn ,  The Bronx, Staten Island ,  and  Queens . 

You can even transfer from a New York City  subway to get the PATH train, but you do have to pay another fare.

If you transfer from one New York  City  subway to another, it’s  a free transfer.

Unlike  the  PATH  trains, the New York  City  subway is old, extremely  crowded, and I’ve  got  to  keep it real here, not very clean.

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If you  happen  to  be  in New York  and  take the subway  to get anywhere ,  you’ll  notice people  eating everything  from a bagel  with cream cheese  to sandwiches  and even Chinese  food.

They’ll  also be drinking their morning coffee from Dunkin Donuts and eating snacks right in your face.

Don’t  expect the NYPD  or train personnel  to tell them to stop   because it’s  New York . 

It’s  one of  the  things you just do.

You might even see people  walking through the subway  cars, begging  for  money.

You’ll  never see this if you take the  PATH  train.

The New York  City  subway  system ,  is old, very  old, and the subway  cars break down  – a lot.

Many a New Yorker would be a  billionaire  for all the times we’ve  heard this announcement when the train is either not moving or moving extremely  slow  :

“WE ARE BEING HELD AT THE STATION BY THE TRAIN DISPATCHER DUE TO TRAIN TRAFFIC UP AHEAD. WE WILL BE  MOVING  SHORTLY. WE APOLOGIZE  FOR  ANY  INCONVENIENCE . ”

My subway ride to Brooklyn  was no different . 

Like most New Yorkers, I know that train delays are a given, and that there are three sure things in our lives.

Death, taxes, and the MTA (that’s  the Metropolitan  Transit  Authority) either messing  up  your subway  ride by rerouting your train, the ever popular  “track work  “or making your ride longer than it needs to be because of  mostly  these four reasons  :

1. Someone has gotten sick on the train.

2. A fight has broken out.

3. One of the rails on the train is broken and it needs to be fixed.

4. Someone  has either jumped on , fell on, or was pushed onto the train tracks.

Normally, it takes 45 minutes to an hour or so to get to Atlantic  Avenue  in Downtown  Brooklyn . 

Not this time.

Try almost two and a half hours to reach my destination  because  my train was rerouted.

We New Yorkers like to  complain about  our subway system, how much it costs ,  why is the fare going up for such lousy service, and why are the subway cars so filthy?

In spite of these problems, we STILL take it everyday and we DARE any tourists or people  who don’t  ride it everyday  to say something  about  it.

Basically ,  it’s  a pain but it’s  our pain in the you know  what . 

Still, thank you, MTA, for making my ride on the New York  City  subway  so “enjoyable  “.