Red Rocks Season is coming to a close. While many may be sad about their outdoor summer nights coming to an end, it just means there are more concert options to venture to indoors! The Bluebird Theater up on Colfax has always had great, cheap shows for kids to come down to the City Park neighborhood and listen to some tunes! While the artists may not be your average mainstream sound, it is always fun to hear some new artists and genres. This theater is perfect for being spontaneous. Why? Their shows are usually not sold out, and they occur multiple times a week. I posted a picture of the upcoming schedule, but if you are looking for some additional info just visit http://www.bluebirdtheater.net/. The last time I went to a Bluebird concert, we went and got dinner beforehand at TAG Burger Bar which is just within walking distance of the concert. Why not make a full night out of it to explore the whole neighborhood, right? There are more and more shows at the Bluebird this late August / early September, so go listen some new music when you come back to school!
Just a quick twenty minutes outside of downtown, Golden has a great hike for those looking for something quick yet arduous. Table Mountain South is a gigantic plateau at the end of 19th street in Golden. The hike first begins with a steep incline up and then quickly levels out flatly. If you continue on the path for more than a mile you will be met with a little lake making it perfect to bring your pups along with you!
It was a hot day when I traveled west with my sister. When I first arrived at the base of the plateau I was certainly not excited to see that we would be climbing so steeply in the beginning. As I continued across the plateau, though, I noticed that downtown Denver came into sight! Table Mountain South is so huge that you can actually see all of the Denver area as well as the foothills looking west. This is a great place to go get your nature fix this summer!
Here is the dropped pin for the start of the trailhead:
As a landlocked state, Colorado is definitely limited when it comes to water, and a good beach is even harder to come by! The Cherry Creek State Park Beach is a nice option for people to go hang out in the sand for a day. The park entrance fee is only $9, and you get to experience a nice drive through the state park’s outskirts. For teens, going to the pool can definitely get tiring after a while. This beach is close to Denver’s southern suburbs and easily accessed from Parker Road. If you have the option, the reservoir is also great for boating. Although many heavily used reservoirs are a little bit scary when it comes to cleanliness, this water is surprisingly pleasant to swim in! When I first arrived, I must admit that I was hesitant to see all the people on the beach at first sight. If you have the time to walk down towards the ends of the beach, it offers a nice shaded area on either side away from the big crowds. As the weather gets hotter, it is refreshing to swim in some lake water rather than a chlorinated pool. Below is a dropped pin from google maps of the location of the beach:
Young Denver Local is finally back in Colorado! After an incredible semester in New York City, I have returned and will be giving you the newest posts from places in Denver and the greater area. For my first post, I decided to trek out to Golden and see for the first time Lookout Mountain. When you arrive, you may be a bit skeptical of this incredible “lookout” because of the original tree cover; however, if you continue to walk west towards the rocky ledge, you will be met with an incredible view. I highly recommend going for the sunset. During that time period, I saw many families with picnic dinners and blankets. Lookout Mountain is the perfect place to go enjoy our state’s beautiful mountains without driving for too long. I can assure you that the featured image does not do the real view any justice… you just have to go see for yourself!
To get there, use this pin from google maps:
Classic New York pizza is known for having a nice thin crust. But hidden in Nolita (27 Prince St) is yet another special pizza joint that is cooking up an unusual slice for its location in Manhattan. Prince Street Pizza is a small and classic shop that cooks up a famous thick, almost deep dish style pizza. They do offer the classic thin crust, but their “square” pizza is notoriously famous and covered with greasy pepperonis.
The pizza shop’s minimal seating is an issue… so where can you eat this slice? If you walk just south Elizabeth Street, you will come across the Elizabeth Street Garden. This quaint spot is perfect to sit down and eat because there are a variety of tables. This garden is also great to merely just hang out! There are interesting sculptures scattered throughout the space, and it is quite pleasant to just sit down and people watch on a nice day.
Previously known for the infamous Gov Ball, Governors Island is now becoming a hot spot in NYC. There is so much going on in this space, and it is all just a ferry ride away from either Dumbo Pier 1 or the Battery Maritime building. The ferry ride over allows you to bring your bike with you, and it also gives fantastic views of the Lower Manhattan skyline.
When you arrive at Governors Island, you are met Citi Bikes and beautiful brick buildings which were once part of a military base. Within the courtyard of these buildings lies food trucks, coffee, and picnic tables. If you move towards the south part of the island, you will come across the hills! These man-made hills feature New York’s longest slides and beautiful brick inclines. Behind the brick buildings are large, old houses that house various New York organizations. My sister and I walked right into one and learned about a bird organization which featured all of the different bird species in the state of New York! There is also Castle Williams which housed Union troops in the Civil War. Today, it is a museum and historical site on the island. What Governors Island may be most famous for, though, is its hammocks! Hammock grove is right in the middle of the island and has 50 red hammocks. This is a perfect place to come lounge on a pretty summer weekend!
Governors Island is constantly featuring art exhibitions and events. To see upcoming activities and exhibitions see https://govisland.com/events.
We all know that New York City is famous for its pizza. This last semester, I went searching for New York’s best pizza, and Roberta’s hit the top mark. The restaurant’s main location is between Williamsburg and Bushwick; however, Roberta’s has a smaller branch in the upscale food court Urbanspace Vanderbilt in Midtown.
The area around Roberta’s main location is pretty desolate. When you first walk up to the entrance, an old and run-down building stands before you. But inside lives a bustling and beautiful setting filled with shared benches and many, many pizzas.
The dinner menu features eight magnificent pizzas. My personal favorite of these eight were the Lil’ Stinker. But what you don’t see on the menu is my absolute favorite: The Bee Sting. Pictured on the bottom part of my featured image, the Bee Sting is a classic pepperoni with honey drizzled over it. It sounds simple compared to the rest of the incredible pizzas, but I can assure you that you must order it!
Roberta’s is cooking up some of the best pizzas in New York. The trek out to Bushwick is definitely worth it!
Long Island City, located at the edge of Queens and just a close ride from north Brooklyn, is now becoming quite the destination. With the MoMa’s expansion into the area with the introduction of PS1, many people started flocking to the area. Most notably, “Hunter’s Point” (see view from featured image) is a beautiful waterfront park with a spectacular view of Manhattan. This area ranges for about a full mile with food trucks and ice cream vendors along its entirety. When I went to visit, it was a Saturday afternoon and the park was bustling. The people ranged from runners, to families, to people just sitting and watching the sunset like I was! The best part is that this park is just a walk away from tons of restaurants and activities to do in the area just east of the waterfront park. This summer, the Long Island City Food and Flea is returning to the area which will be a perfect time to go visit. With regards to food, there is definitely a mix of restaurants, ranging from upscale chains to local diners. I went to Dorian’s Cafe, one of many diners in the area, for a quick cheap and good burger, and I then walked just right across the street to a more upscale dessert spot called Something Sweet LIC for rolled ice cream (a new frenzy in itself). This just shows how LIC is developing as a neighborhood and becoming a destination for all people in the city. I definitely recommend checking it out!
(Image from http://www.notboredny.com/)
New York City is often called the food mecca. Amidst NYC’s fancy restaurants and local diners, a food market has gained prominence and has further propelled the idea that New Yorkers love their food.
Smorgasburg is the largest food market in America. Its 100 different vendors range from burgers to barbecue to ice cream to much more. I happened to go to Smorgasburg on a rainy day… but that surely didn’t stop all the people! The market is open rain or shine and it seems that the market is surely to be bustling with people despite the weather conditions. I must admit that when I first arrived I was completely overwhelmed. So many options! Luckily, most of the vendors give you the option to order small portions. That being said… I happened to have dumplings, a taco, a fried chicken sandwich, and a doughnut. All of it was amazing, and it was only a small portion of the food available.
Smorgasburg is in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays. Open from 11:00am-6:00pm, the market is filled almost all hours of operation. On their website, Smorgasburg states that they attract between 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend. Because of its amazing success in the past few years, the market has now expanded to LA and to upstate NY. Smorgasburg has definitely proven to be “The Woodstock of Eating” (New York Times).
Feeling sick of the city? Although New York is a hub for interesting activities, the Metro North gives New Yorkers access to a wide variety of places to explore upstate. Below I have included two very fun and beautiful places to go for a weekend excursion up the Hudson.
Once used as a storage site for Francis Bannerman, construction for the Scottish style castle on Pollepel Island began in 1901. Today, the castle now sits among ruins, which was caused by a great fire, atop a lush island just off of the coast of Beacon, NY. Access to the island is given by the Poughkeepsie bound Metro North from Grand Central to the Beacon stop and then by a small ferry from the Beacon dock which is walking distance away from the train station. The island is also accessible by kayak as well. Tours of the island and of the castle are from the months of May to October. The island is stunning to witness and is surely a unique oasis away from the city.
Also available from the Poughkeepsie bound Metro North train, the art museum of Dia at Beacon is filled with grand works of art. The museum is mainly composed of large-scale pieces that fill up entire rooms. My personal favorite was a room filled with swirling structures that are composed in a maze-like fashion. This museum is definitely something only available outside of the city simply because of its gigantic size. The lush area around the museum is spectacular, and the town of Beacon is filled with good lunch spots and coffee shops.