out and about: roosevelt island.

October 22, 2013

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Relatedly, James and I finally made it to Roosevelt Island a few weeks ago. We stood face to face with the smallpox hospital I’ve only wondered at from a distance and explored the new FDR memorial. But my very favorite part was a wander through the golden last chapter of the wildflower meadow where curled up cocoons of Queen Anne’s Lace and echinacea and black-eyed susans and golden rod have put on their fall colors and the wild aster is still cloaked in purple.

You know it’s been too long since you’ve spent a proper fall day outside when you can’t remember the last time you pulled burrs from your hair and coat lining.

Here, encouragement to log as many burr-pulling days as possible. When the germy side of October shows its face—and it will—you can embrace the longer nights with big bowls of chili and flickering candles, and flannel pajamas and use your stored up blue-sky days for dreaming.

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  • Reply Anonymous October 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Hi, I have been to Roosevelt Island last year and to Governors Island the year before and I really loved it on both Islands. We walked from one end to the other on both and the view over to Manhattan was wonderful.
    Greets from Germany, Anja

  • Reply Pamela Bates October 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    We took time to pull the burrs off this weekend. On an 'island' as well, but we didn't need to take the tramway. It's reachable by car. I've always wanted to take the tram over to Roosevelt when we're in NYC. Think we better put it on the list……..looks lovely.

  • Reply Debs October 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Beautiful! My aunt lives on Roosevelt Island but it's doubtful she walks through the meadow.

  • Reply Inge October 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Great advice! Looks like a beautiful day.

  • Reply Amanda October 24, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Love that image – wild meadow, city in the background. A friend of mine who's lived here for ages and is a bit of punk has a pretty good story about sneaking into the hospital grounds years ago when it was fenced off, wish I could remember the details.

  • Reply idahuntic October 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Lovely photographs and this looks like the perfect day!

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