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So excited for @openhousenewyork this weekend, which I’m finally doing, just as I’m getting ready to move. Anyone else doing tours this weekend? #openhouseny

So excited for @openhousenewyork this weekend, which I’m finally doing, just as I’m getting ready to move. Anyone else doing tours this weekend? #openhouseny

Open House NY weekend is a once-a-year chance to explore some NYC rarities.

Best plan ahead!

I’ve plugged this before, but anyone interested in checking out Central Park’s normally closed-off Nature Sanctuary (toward the south end), they’re having open hours every Tuesday afternoon through mid-December.

The Old Forts of Queens

This Labor Day weekend, I decided to explore two of Queens’ old military forts, now open to the public as parks. Much like Governors Island, these spaces are no longer in (primarily) military use, and make for great historical viewing… or just great picnic space.

The first was Fort Tilden, on the western end of the Rockaways. This is the least developed of the two, but it’s worth a trip if you were headed to the Rockaways already. The battery ruins are probably the most interesting area, and the high point contains amazing views from a unique vantage point of the city.

The second fort visited was northeast Queens’ Fort Totten, closer to the neighborhood of Bay Terrace. Like Tilden, the park has a lot of abandoned structures and buildings to explore, but also has more in the way of recreation… a public pool in the summer, biking paths. The views here are of the area where the East River turns into the Long Island Sound… in various directions, you can see Great Neck, SUNY’s Maritime University, City Island, Hart Island, and the Stepping Stones Lighthouse.

There are no subways that serve either fort/park, so look into driving, or for city buses.

Checking out Fort Totten in northeast Queens. It’s like a really quiet, landlocked Governors Island.  #queens #forttotten

Checking out Fort Totten in northeast Queens. It’s like a really quiet, landlocked Governors Island. #queens #forttotten

Exploring Fort Tilden national park  on the Rockaways. #forttilden #rockaway

Exploring Fort Tilden national park on the Rockaways. #forttilden #rockaway

Forest Hills

Some Brooklyn friends had recently expressed interest in a walking tour of Forest Hills, my favorite neighborhood in Queens. I’m definitely planning that soon, and will post an update on that after the fact. If any locals have some areas they want to see shown, covered, let me know!