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#1 2013-09-06 07:36:19

Sal
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NYC Family Outings

Any one recall family outings to get away from the busy city life?

Boat Rides to Rye Beach,Keansburg,NJ,Sightseeing Boats around Manhattan,Picnics at Valley Stream State Park. Always pleanty of food !

Charcoal grills!

Jimbo-Bayville was one of the nicest beaches I recall as a kid.

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#2 2013-09-06 09:19:17

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Re: NYC Family Outings

My favorite family outings took place on hot summer weekends when my dad & mom would take us kids to the beach. We usually went to a town on Long Island called Bayville which had great beaches and they weren't overcrowded. A little cookout over a charcoal fire  for a late lunch made the day complete.

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#3 2013-09-06 11:21:37

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Jones Beach, picnics @ Valley Stream State Park (10 cent toll on the Southern State to get there), clambakes @ Sunken Meadow State Park, ferry ride around Manhattan Island.
As we got older & my parents had a little $ to spare, we would rent a place @ Sag Harbor for a week.  My parents enjoyed it. 'nuff said.

Jimbo--Bayville was still a nice place, the last time I was there about  15 years ago. Mafia families had lots of guarded compounds behind trees & stone walls. There were a few outstanding restaurants

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#4 2013-09-06 12:00:49

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Olivia, I havent been to Bayville in over half a century but my memories of that quant little town are still with me.

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#5 2013-09-06 12:08:05

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Re: NYC Family Outings

we used to have family gatherings at Cunningham Park or Alley Pond Park.. My grandparents would get there around 6 AM, get the food started and reserve the tables we needed.  Then around 11 or so, all the family would start to show up.  Great times, good food, horseshoes, games etc.

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#6 2013-09-06 14:08:06

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Had an aunt and uncle ,that used to drive us to Lake Ronkonkoma every summer,as we didn't have a car.The usual would be Far Rockaway,around 44th. St.
         Yea, I can remember that stupid dime toll on th S.S.Pkway.

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#7 2013-09-06 16:31:00

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Ed--I forgot about Cunningham Park. We used to have some good family picnics there. Then, when I was old enuf to date, the Cunningham parking lot was where we went to "park".
Alley Pond Park was where my brothers spent alot of summer hours. They used to bike over there & come home w/alot of water creatures---frogs, snakes, once a turtle.

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#8 2013-09-06 16:40:44

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LOL Olivia. I used to "park" there too.

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#9 2013-09-06 17:10:42

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Most family outings we had near NYC were to Jones Beach, Captree, and Sunken Meadow.
Sunken Meadow had a picnic area away from the beach among the trees for shade. They had BBQ grills and at the end of the day we would eat before the ride home in the dark.
A few trips to Montauk, and a few to an old whaling town on the north shore. They have whaling museums with the old boats and harpoons. Was that Cold Spring Harbor maybe?

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#10 2013-09-06 20:52:23

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Mike I believe the whaling museum was in Sag harbor LI.

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#11 2013-09-06 20:55:29

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Mike & Jimbo--you're both right. Sag Harbor has a larger  whaling museum, & Cold Spring Harbor has a smaller one.

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#12 2013-09-06 21:08:45

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Thanks Olivia and Jim, I know I was to more than one, so I probably saw both!
You know how it is, when you're a kid you might never know or care where you are!
But the memories stick.

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#13 2013-09-07 06:17:10

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Re: NYC Family Outings

I remember Sunken Meadow State Park, as a beach, where you could walk out a quarter mile, and the water would only be up to your knees.

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#14 2013-09-07 10:06:36

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When I was older, late teens early 20's the crowd I hung out with had many a beach party at Sunken Meadow State park. It was a great place for an outing. Pomonoker, maybe I saw you there a time or two.

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#15 2013-09-07 13:00:53

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Pomonoker, thanks for the memory. I too remember that about Sunken Meadow, but forgot about it until you brought it up. I was the youngest of 3 siblings at the time and our Dad used to walk us out there. I was probably about 5, 6, and 7 years old those days.
I remember it slowly got deeper the further out you went. At one point it got up to my chin with my toes barely touching the bottom (yes I knew how to swim, it wasn't child abuse lol) and then all of a sudden we were walking back up hill onto a sand bar. Dad knew this was only because it was low tide and only let us stay a short period of time before he would say time to go back.

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#16 2013-09-07 13:18:57

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There is one place I forgot to mention. As a kid growing up,my friends and I used to take the E train to Broad Channel,hop over the station wall on the east end of the platform ( to avoid the exit fare ) and go swimming in the bay. Noticed alot of horse shoe crabs there at the time. Took a chance on the quality of the water,but as kids,we didn't think about that,and just wanted to explore something different. This was not a family outing,as the topic suggests. LOL

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#17 2013-09-07 15:17:50

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you took a chance at Rockaway??   I used to go swimming in the creek in the Worlds Fair grounds..I later found out it was a sewage release area..YUK!!!

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#18 2013-09-07 19:05:30

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Ed, as bad as Jamaica Bay was back then, I think you have Charlie beat hands down in the dirty water swimming category. I'm glad I wasn't eating when I read your post!

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#19 2013-09-12 16:30:35

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Re: NYC Family Outings

I recall that our family outings were to exotic places such as Rye Playland, Anthony Wayne Park (upstate New York), Lake Sebago (upstate too), Ellenville, Kerhonksen and last but not least to the old Log Cabin and Schultz's Cider Mill up in Armonk NY. DrSteve

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#20 2013-09-12 20:20:58

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DrSteve, about Ellenville.
I remember as a kid going places upstate on the "new" route 17. I think it had the nickname "The Quickway" at the time.
When it came to the Wurtsboro - Ellenville area it made a big horseshoe turn on the top of the ridge above a valley with Wurtsboro below. There was a small gravel lot, "rest stop," on the North West bound side that could maybe fit a dozen cars or so. I never saw many there back then. Beautiful view of the whole area.
We would stop for lunch there and watch single prop planes tow glider planes way above us, and then release the tow line. The gliders would fly around above for long periods of time, just floating on the hot air rising from the valley.
Great memories.

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#21 2013-09-13 05:21:17

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Welcome back Dr. Steve... Your mention of the towns Ellenville and Kerhonksen brought back so many wonderfull memories. I my dad and brothers camped, hunted and fished the areas around those towns for years.
New York State is truly a beautiful state.

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#22 2013-09-13 12:41:51

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Mike,  I know you stopped at ...THE RED APPLE REST

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#23 2013-09-13 12:57:32

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When we posted about the RAR a few years ago, there had been a bid to buy it & renovate. The biker traffic was seen as being a good source of revenue. I passed thru in June on my way upstate, still a sad looking mess. Guess it's still gone for good. I'm headed up again next month. If I go via 17, I'll look for changes.

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#24 2013-09-13 19:25:15

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Olivia and Ed, it's sad to hear the RAR is not renovated as of yet as far as we know.

Ed, I did stop at the Red Apple Rest, but only after I got my drivers license and started going everywhere upstate and PA, on my own with friends. Lets just say our parents were quite frugal. Never saw a restaurant or motel on vacations.

As a kid we went camping in New York State Parks camp grounds. Trailer, a home made (by Dad) "food box" with legs he made from half inch plumbing pipes and fittings we would put together on site, a big Coleman cooler, a Coleman 2 burner white gas stove, and a Coleman white gas lantern.     
All food came with us from home, that's why we would be watching the gliders over the valley at lunchtime eating the sandwiches Mom made for us.
I think I remember stopping at the red apple once as a kid and got a small snack to eat in the car as we went on. I strongly suspect that stop was made only because Dad had to take a leak. LOL He also had a what I picture as a 12 by 14 foot canvas tarp, poles and ropes, we would set up over the table and stove area. His US army training I guess.
The "Apache" brand trailer opened out into a tent for us 3 youngins' to sleep on the floor in our sleeping bags. The trailer bed itself was a bed for our parents.
Our younger sis was born when I was 9. 2 years later she would come with us and sleep in the main tent on the ground with my older sis, and my brother and I had a 2 man pup tent.
Lot's of fun in the rain. One night it rained so hard it washed the tent stakes out of the ground. After the third time around pounding the stakes back in different places in the pouring rain, bro John went to the car and found the doors were not locked. We folded the back seats in the station wagon down flat and slept in there for the rest of the night.
There's more I could say on this, but diner is ready!
Lata

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#25 2013-09-14 08:53:44

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Re: NYC Family Outings

Used to spend part of summers at my uncles house in Schoharie County in upstate NY. Talk about the boonies, 5 miles of dirt road in any direction to get there. Only about 10 houses in the town. Lots of woodchuck hunting was about all there was to do, but it was a great place for a city kid.

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