Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Buttercup Gets a Lesson in Geography



On the most glorious fall day last Sunday I visited friends at their beach house in Queens. This is primarily a map of Long Island, but if you look to the left the five boroughs of New York City and New Jersey are labeled. Underneath the label for Brooklyn/Queens there is a thin strip of land. We were to the far left on this peninsula. To the south of the peninsula is the Atlantic Ocean and to the north is a bay. There is a great view of Brooklyn and beyond Brooklyn, the tall buildings of Manhattan. I got totally turned around and kept thinking I was looking at Long Island Sound, which is the body of water at the top of the map, and nowhere near where we were.

This is the bay view. Brooklyn is directly across the bay, and off in the distance is Manhattan. 

The beach and sky, at the bay

Ocean view and glorious sky

My friends' lane. On this area of the peninsula cars are parked in lots and red wagons carry groceries. 

It's hard to realize that this bit of small town America is part of Queens and less than an hour from the center of Manhattan. It was a wonderful day. We had lunch at a restaurant with the beautiful bay view and enjoyed catching up and sitting at the beach. It was just about my favorite kind of day. Friends, autumn, clear skies, sun and a win for the Giants!

Wishes for good times with friends, clear skies and sun!  

11 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Stunning pictures! Being from the Midwest it's a bit of an eye-opener that there are 'small town' areas in New York...I'd love to explore them!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Thanks for sharing your bit of geography with us...I love seeing places I've never been before. Glad you had such great weather.

Theresa said...

Beautiful pictures of your perfect day:) Have a blessed Wednesday, HUGS!

Nellie said...

Great pictures! They make me want to be there, too! I would have great difficulty remembering directions on the water. It sounds like you had a wonderful visit.

Barbara F. said...

Wow! This doesn't look like Queens, or NYC! Nice little haven there. Glad you had a nice visit. xo

Susie said...

Thank you buttercup. I had no sense of direction while I was in your big city. I usually try to stay focused ot which way the sun came up.:):) I love the idea of carrying groceries in a wagon. how quaint. Smiles, Susie

Ms Sparrow said...

Those are the kinds of days you wish could go on forever.

Pam said...

How interesting and I love the last pic. Nothing like small town living at a big city! My DIL just arrived in NYC on business from here in Chicago. She just said on Facebook how scary the ride from LaGuardia to down town was. Can't imagine a cab ride scarier than in Chicago!

Mevely317 said...

Your last pix looks like a movie scene!
After your Instagram (FB) tease, I couldn't wait to play "Where do you suppose this picture was taken?" with my co-workers.
Great fun, discovering I wasn't the only one who's geographically-challenged!

JACLYN said...

Wow, how beautiful and interesting! This post caught my since since I'm from long island. :)

Lynda said...

You had a perfect day for weather and scenery! Such a difference between last week and this one already. I never realized that thin strip of land was there just off the island. The area looks peaceful and quaint - - - like it's out of a painting. Such a nice contrast to the city.