Central Park in Autumn
I do miss my visits to Central Park and New York City.
About once a month or every other month, my husband and I would make the trek into "the city"
- as Long Islanders called it.
Either we would drive on a weekend, or take the Long Island Railroad.
We'd see a play, often Roundabout regulars, or we'd meet some photography buddies to spend the day taking pictures.
I've always felt very fortunate to be able to do that, and never took it for granted, but my roots began long before my Long Island days.
Growing up in Brooklyn, my friends and I would take the elevated train into the city.
Even as a young teenager, and then young adult, we would hop on the train, which came just about every five mintues, and within 20 minutes, we were in the city!
How fortunate is that?
That part of Brooklyn, the Bushwick section, went into decline in the 1970s through the early 2000s.
In the last 15 years or so, the neighborhood has been rebuilding.
It's proximity to NYC has made it a very desireable area now. Apartment buildings that couldn't be given away, are now bringing in high prices and the rents are exorbitant.
Where else can you live in New York and be in the city in minutes?
Yes, I was fortunate indeed!
Now that I'm a Florida resident, I hope I can still visit my New York City.
I love my lifestyle here in Florida, but miss the NYC autumn.
I'm getting older and wonder how many times I will make the "trek" back there since now it will involve plane rides, over-night hotel visits, and a huge expense.
In the meantime, like everything else we lose in our lifetime, I have my memories to make me smile!