Where: Wave Hill in the Bronx, NY
Eat: bring a picnic to eat on the grounds (the cafe food was pretty good but not a must)
Sometimes the urge to get outta town can’t immediately be filled with a train ride or a plane flight, so I have a collection of “local escapes” to choose from on those days. Most of them came from reading TimeOut NY and tabbing the corners to remember… lo and behold, 9 years after moving to NYC, I haven’t done the best job at hitting all the spots. I decided this weekend to finally check one off the list.
Wave Hill is a public garden and cultural center in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. It sits atop hills that overlook the Hudson and the Palisades across the way–which are just starting to turn a million fall colors.
The house on the premise is an old mansion, surrounded by woodlands, various gardens, beautiful pergolas with great views, and, my favorite, a conservatory with an impressive cactus room.
It’s a bit of a trek to get there in theory, but luckily the stars were aligned for us. We just took the 1-train up to its final stop [242 st] and then caught the [free!] shuttle outside the train station to the park.
It was a perfect day to roam the grounds, obsess over the cacti/succulents, and eat lunch outside in the crisp sun.
The neighborhood around the park is also really pretty–filled with huge homes in a variety of styles. We wanted to explore more, but started to get worried about rain. I guess we’ll just have to go back!
If you have any other NYC local-scapes let me know.. I’d love to check them out.