The Linda Life’s Best of 2017

Christmas and finishing up my coursework kept me from blogging for a while, so imagine my delight when the WordPress Photo Challenge was announced: Favorites of 2017!

Atlas on Fifth Avenue during the Women's March on NY 1-21-17The post that created the most dialogue was about my participation in the Women’s March on the day after the coronation election.  I’m so proud of every participant at every march location. Continue reading The Linda Life’s Best of 2017

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The Pedestrian at the Walkathon: Weekly Photo Challenge

Bayside Bike Path, Cross Island Parkway, Fort Totten, Bayside Marina, 9-16-17 NYCI recently took part in a little two-mile fundraiser walkathon in Northeast Queens, New York. It was on a beautiful pedestrian and bike path, with Little Neck Bay on one side and a busy highway on the other.  Continue reading The Pedestrian at the Walkathon: Weekly Photo Challenge

City Respites and Trees That Curve

One of the few things the City of New York does consistently well is build parks. It’s a strange claim to fame for a metropolis but we really have some nice parks.

This park is in a residential area across the water from LaGuardia Airport. I like how the curve of the trees let you see the airplane landing in the distance. By the way, this is the airport  that was rightly insulted by none other than our Vice President.  Continue reading City Respites and Trees That Curve

Nighttime At The Fort

Inside Fort Totten at nightFort Totten is a dilapidated Civil War-era fort on the north shore of New York City’s borough of Queens. The surrounding area was, for many years, military property but is now mostly hilly parkland. The City gives occasional tours, including one at night just before Halloween. There are real bats there!

Inside Fort Totten 10/12Urban legend says that there was a secret tunnel under the East River that joined Fort Totten to Fort Schuyler directly across the river in the Bronx.  The park ranger guiding our tour insisted that it was untrue but I’m not so sure. Let’s see: General Robert E. Lee planned the fort in 1857 and construction began in 1862. Subway tunnels were dug beneath the East and Hudson rivers starting in the early 1900s and are still in use today. The famous Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883. So while it’s unlikely that  tunnels joined the forts, it seems technologically possible. And those tunnels would make a great Halloween walk at nighttime.