I’ll be in NYC for a few days attending the 114th annual Toy Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The American International Toy Fair is a toy industry trade show held in mid-February in New York City. The event is open to toy industry professionals, retailers, and press representatives. It is owned and managed by the Toy Industry Association. Toy Fair’s promoters describe it as the largest toy trade show in the Western hemisphere.
Every year since 2005, Stoughton Farm, in Newark Valley, NY, has created a uniquely themed corn maze. This year, the theme is Super Mario Bros., the popular Nintendo video game.
The maze covers nearly eight acres, and took several weeks, plus a lot of math to build. The Stoughton family and their maze were recently featured in an ABC News article, where Tim Stoughton said, “We lay it out into grids and then go in and take the corn out where the pathways should be,” said Stoughton. “We do it when you can still see over the corn, before it gets too tall.”
Stoughton Farm is a greenhouse, roadside farm market, and “MAiZE” site located in Newark Valley, New York, which is near Ithaca. The Super Mario Bros., Maze opens on Saturday, September 17. Additional attractions include a 9ft tube slide, a spider web for the youngsters, pumpkin checkers, duck races, and dozens of photo ops. On the weekends, the farm also has a corn cannon, pumpkin blaster, cow train rides, and hayrides.
There’s also a food truck with Homemade French Fries!
When Lucille Ball left NY for Hollywood in the early 1930’s, she rented the 1,874-square-foot bungalow at 1344 N. Ogden Drive. At the age of 22, Ball had just signed a contract with RKO Radio Pictures, so the actress moved to CA with her family, including her mom and brother. The group lived in the rented bungalow until Ball eloped with Desi Arnaz, and moved into a Beverly Hills mansion.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow with palm trees in the front yard was built in 1919, and is located in the heart of West Hollywood’s historic Spaulding Square neighborhood. This area is comprised of many Colonial-style bungalows developed between 1916 and 1926. The current owner has lived in the property for over 20 years and has done extensive renovations to the home while still preserving its old-world charm,and ties to Ball.
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The home is listed at $1.75 million. The listing agent is Rhonda Kohn of Keller Williams Realty.
You don’t have to hop on a plane at Albany to head to the Islands. Nantucket Island, is a short drive, and ferry trip away from Columbia County.It’s about a 3.5 hour drive to Hyannis, MA, where you can catch a ferry. There’s the traditional ferry, which is a large boat with multiple decks, a cafeteria, and plenty of comfy seating. That boat takes a little over two hours, and is my preferred way to go. If you are in a rush, and want something a little faster, check out the fast ferry, which leaves from the same port. This is a smaller boat, and generally more crowded, but cuts the travel time down to one hour.
Both ferries take the same route, which brings you past the Nantucket lighthouse, and into the harbor.
Once on shore, you will be in the island’s historic town, which is like traveling back in time, but with modern shops, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. There are also walking tours of the historic town, and a night time ghost tour. The small town also has a movie theater, a museum, and a beautiful library in the historic Atheneum building, which are always nice for a rainy day.
You can spend plenty of time, and money, shopping in town, but the real drawl of the island are the beaches that surround it. Pick up a free map on the ferry, which shows the locations of beaches, and bike trails to reach them. Each beach is a little different. The closer to town the beach is, the more crowded it might get. If you head out to Madaket, end your day with a sunset viewing drink at Millies. In Siasconset, look for The Summer House Bistro below the cliff.
Here are a few helpful tips for your visit.
1. You don’t need a car on Nantucket, in fact, bike’s are a much better way to get around, and see the island. You’ll find bike rentals on the island, on the road leading from the ferry, into town. There is plenty of parking in Hyannis, and the ferry provides free shuttle service to/from the outlying lots.
2. The traditional ferry is $37.00 for an adult round trip ticket. No reservations required, unless you want to bring your car to the island.
The fast ferry is $69.00 for one adult round trip. Reservations are recommended.
For more information or to book a fast ferry reservation, visit The Steamship Authority site, by clicking here.
3. Plan to spend at least a weekend, which is still not enough time. There are B&Bs, and hotels on the island, plus a large offering of vacation rental homes. Rentals tend to rent on a weekly basis (Saturday to Saturday).
4. Nantucket is expensive, so save up before you set sail.
There’s a interesting story on Gothamist today about a new home on the market. It’s in Manhattan’s Hudson Heights neighborhood, at 16 Chittenden Avenue, and built over a cliff just north of the George Washington Bridge. Apparently, the home is commonly known as “The Pumpkin House”, because from the New Jersey side of the Hudson, and with the lights just right, the house looks like a lit-up Jack-O-Lantern.
The 3-story, 3,144-square-foot, free-standing home was built in the 1920s on a steel foundation sunk into a steep cliff at West 186th Street. The house is listed at $5.25 million. You can check out the listing by clicking here.