Last Minute New York City Summer Getaways

Last Minute New York City Summer Getaways

August 31, 2017 at 1:16 pm

You don’t have to travel to the far corners of the earth or invest in a pricey plane ticket for a great summer adventure. There’s still a few weeks left of summer and MetroFocus offers a bevy of summer-themed stories to make planning the perfect last minute day trip or staycation a breeze.

Here are some of the highlights:


Best of Nature Lists NYC

Summertime is the perfect time to get outside and explore the New York City region’s many natural treasures. Bill Ulfelder, New York Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy, recommends the best places for picnics, running, day trips, and more— all accessible by public transportation.


New York City Street Trees

There are approximately 50 species of trees in the metropolitan area, from hedge maple to American elm to White oak, contributing to the beauty and well-being of the city and its inhabitants. MetroFocus offers a handy guide to help you identify all trees great and small. Tune in, then venture outside with your family for an leafy adventure around the city or in your own backyard.


Exploring Governors Island

Governors Island is the ideal getaway, whether you fancy a picnic, are revved for rock climbing, or are ready to Charleston at the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. Bill Ulfelder tours this “Jewel of New York Harbor,” introducing viewers to The Nature Conservancy’s “Go Get Out” app, an interactive mobile experience that helps visitors learn about the island’s rich and diverse natural world— which includes 7,000 trees, scores of birds, and more.


The Story Behind Famous Nathan’s Hot Dogs

Coney Island is the home of Nathan’s Famous— the hot dog emporium founded by Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker in 1916. Dig into the history behind those iconic hot dogs as Lloyd Handwerker, the founder’s grandson, sits down with MetroFocus host Jack Ford to talk about “Famous Nathan,” his documentary and book about his very famous family business and the American success story it is today.


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