Category: Happy Wanderers

NYC Christmas Light Walking Tour, Dec 12, 2017

Christmas Lights Walking Tour New York City
Taylor Strubinger will lead a walking tour of New York City’s world-famous Christmas trees and department store windows,  Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

“We will take the 8:36 a.m. train from Darien and the 8:39 a.m.train from Noroton Heights,” said Taylor. “We usually try to sit in the forward railroad cars.

“At Grand Central Station, we will gather at the information desk underneath the clock before starting out,” he said. “No reservations are necessary. If the weather is inclement, we will not go.”

Contact: Taylor Strubinger at tstrubinger@snet.net or phone (203) 952-6423.
The Christmas trees include Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park.

Happy Wanderers: Central Park, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Taylor Strubinger reports that the Happy Wanderers will explore Central Park on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

We will be taking the 8:36 a.m. train from Darien and the same train from Noroton Heights at 8:39 a.m. We usually board at the front end of the train.

Everyone will gather briefly at the Information Booth underneath the clock in Grand Central Station before starting off.

The wandering will begin at West 72nd Street and Central Park West. Entering the park, we will pass the Strawberry Fields and the Sheep Meadow.

We also will see the Bethesda Fountain and the Bow Bridge. Other stops will include the puppet theater, the Shakespeare garden and the Great Lawn.

Lunch will be at a chosen location on Amsterdam Avenue or Columbus Avenue.

For questions, text, phone or email Taylor Strubinger (203) 952-6423, tstrubinger@snet.net.

Happy Wanderers — Walkway Over the Hudson River – 21 September, 2017

Happy Wanderers — Walkway Over the Hudson River – 21 September, 2017

This will be the first Wandering of our fall semester.

The Walkway, now a New York State Park, was opened by the New Haven Railroad in 1889 as a rail bridge from Poughkeepsie to Highland, NY, where it connected New England with other rail lines to the West and South. In 1974 a fire made the bridge unusable; and, until it was reconfigured in 2009 as the world’s longest pedestrian walkway, it went unused.

 

As you can see from the pictures, the views are spectacular.

We will carpool from the DCA to the Walkway parking area in Poughkeepsie, on Tuesday, September 19, departing at 8:45 a.m. Please gather in the back parking area, near the Greenhouse. We will set up the car pooling there, and the remaining cars will be parked there.

Driving directions will be provided for each car. For GPS users, the address of the parking area for the Walkway is 61 Parker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601.

We expect that the driving time to the Parking Area in Poughkeepsie will be about an hour and a half. Our walk itself, including pit stops and a pause for a libation should take about two to three hours.

We then plan to go to lunch at the nearby Culinary Institute, at one of the dining places on its campus that does not require reservations. After lunch, we shall go directly home, and expect to be back at the DCA at about 4:30.

The weather is expected to be sunny, so bring a hat and some sun-block.

For questions, please call Joe Spain – 203-655-1264 or jhspain@sbcglobal.net.

Group picture of the Wandering:

Happy Wanderers: City Island, June 22, 2017

This will be the last wandering of the spring season.

We will carpool to City Island, departing from the Darien Community Association on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.

Please gather in the back parking area near the Green House. We will set up the carpooling there and leave the empty cars in that same area.

Driving directions will be provided for each car. For GPS users, the address of the location where we will park our cars is 150 Rochelle St., Bronx, NY 10464.

City Island is part of New York City but has a small-town atmosphere. Located at the western end of Long Island Sound, the island is about a mile long, with multiple side streets leading off of City Island Avenue, the island’s main street.

Sites along the way are boatyards, scenic overlooks, yacht clubs and many other interesting neighborhoods with restaurants, gift shops and numerous nautical attractions.

Our tour of the island will take about three or four hours, with time for lunch.

The weather is supposed to be sunny, so everybody should slap on the sunblock and bring a hat. After all, it is the start of summer.

For questions, contact Joe Spain (203) 655-1264 or jhspain@sbcglobal.com.

Happy Wanderers – Fort Washington Outpost – Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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We will be walking the Hudson River Greenway from 181st Street to 165th Street and lunch at Coogan’s Restaurant on Broadway and 164th Street. After lunch is the option to return to Grand Central via the west side subway or walk over the Highbridge to the IRT subway in the Bronx. The trip up and down for the Greenway has some steep inclines so some my be too tired after lunch.

Leader: Taylor Strubinger

Happy Wanderers – November 20, 2014
Explore the NY Highline and the newly opened section

Bill Bellis and Taylor Strubinger are leading the Happy Wanderers to explore the High Line Park in NYC on November 20th. It’s always entertaining, educational and healthy! So get your walkin’ shoes on and join them.

The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built on a section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side.

Metro North Train Schedule:

Darien station at 8 58 AM

Noroton Heights at  station 9 02 AM

Happy Wanderers with graffiti

Happy-Wanderers-Graffiti

Happy Wanderers go to Brooklyn on October 18, 2012

We will start at Vinegar Hill, walk through the DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) section, and make our way to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A museum opened at the Navy Yard last year at Building 92 that surveys the history of the Navy Yard from the Revolutionary War through the current day. All are invited.

Everybody is invited. Contact Bill Bellis for more details.

Happy Wanderers plan stroll in Uptown Manhattan — June 14, 2012

Taylor Strubinger will lead the next Happy Wanderers trip scheduled for June 14.

Taylor plans to walk north from 125th street, perhaps as far as the Cloisters. The Wanderers will depart on the train from the Darien Train Station at 8:28, and Noroton Heights Station at 8:31. Join them for an interesting walk.

Happy Wanderers walk — May 17, 2012

The second walk in New York with the Happy Wanderers was on May 17. It featured a wander from City Hall Plaza, through Chinatown, through the Bowery, and uptown though a cross-section of Manhattan neighborhoods to Grand Central Terminal.

Happy Wanderers

The DMA Happy Wanderers are a loose-knit group of DMA members that enjoy walking the sidewalks of New York City. The group is led by John Barston and Bill Bellis.

About once a month during the good weather months, the group takes a train into the city to enjoy walking, learning something about the history of the city, enjoying good food at a nice restaurant, and having a drink or two at some historic bars. The walks are leisurely and may be five miles or more in distance.

The group usually departs around 8:30 to 9AM and catches a train back to Darien in the 4 to 5PM timeframe.