SANDY HOOK AND BACK.
For a purely ocean trip nothing can surpass the sail to Sandy Hook and back. It matters not how the temperature may be on land, old ocean never fails to roll and toss and blow to your heart's content.
The swift steamers that ply between the city from the foot of Liberty Street to the Atlantic Highlands usually carry a full passenger list. Many of them do not leave the boat at Sandy Hook, but come right back. All they want is the ocean breezes and the invigorating effect of real deep sea sailing.
It is a pleasant trip, and takes about one hour each way.
The trains connect with the railroad running to all the famous Jersey Shore resorts you have heard so much about—Long Branch, Ocean Grove, Asbury Park, Sea Girt, Elberon, Spring Lake, Bradley Beach, etc.
There are also some delightful short trips to Long Island by motor car or railroad. Oyster Bay, where Roosevelt is buried, is about an hour out. Garden City, with its famous hotel, cathedral and great publishing house of Doubleday, Page & Co., and Camp Mills.
Other resorts further out include Wheatley Hills, Old /.Test-bury, Piping Rock, South, East and West Hampton—all containing the Summer homes of wealthy New Yorkers. A ride on the Jericho Turnpike or on the famous Motor Parkway, that extends fifty miles into Long Island to Lake Ronkonkoma, is well worth taking. Consult the Long Island Railroad time table for further particulars.
North of the city in Westchester County are two or three particularly interesting places. Long Vue, on the highest point of land near the city on the Hudson River, affords magnificent views of the river and in all directions. It is about 40 minutes out by motor or by rail. The nearest station is Hastings-on-Hudson on the New York Central. Briar Cliff Lodge, about forty miles out, is another delightful resort. Gedney Farms, at White Plains, and the Hotel Gramatan, at Lawrence Park, Bronxville, are also well worth a visit.
Yonkers, Irvington, (Washington Irving's home,) Tarrytown and its old Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, nearly 250 years old, and containing the only Dutch church standing (built in 1688) in this part of the country. Here are the graves of Andrew Carnegie, Washington Irving and the captors of Major Andre. John R. Rockefeller and his brother, William, live just north of Tarry-town, besides that of many other well known people. These are all on the Central lines within an hour of the city.
On the eastern side of the county are the pretty little villages of New Rochelle, Larchmont, Greenwich and Cos Cob. They face the waters of Long Island Sound and provide homes for some of the vast army of New York commuters. They are on the New Haven Railroad.
Trolley cars connect all these little places in some way or another, and on an open car in Summer the trip is very pleasant and the country very beautiful.
It is doubtful if any other large city has quite so many attractive environs as New York. As a Summer resort itself, it is among the most popular in the country. With a few trifling exceptions the weather, even in July and August, is not at all uncomfortable and almost every night a cool breeze springs up and the evenings are enjoyable.
Seashore, river and mountain are all readily reached within a few hours from the city. All the places we have mentioned can be visited and return with ample time for sight seeing, within a day. Even Atlantic City is reached within two and a half hours and special trains in the Summer on Sundays make the trip there and back within the day, allowing nearly six hours at the beach.
And Block Island, twenty miles out in the ocean from the end of Long Island, is another Sunday one-day trip. In short, there are many numerous delightful outings, including a day's deep sea fishing out in the broad Atlantic, that is easily and cheaply made from the city. Golf, tennis and baseball, by world famous clubs and players, are of almost daily occurrence and no one need lack for amusement of any kind in or around New York.
The famous Forest Hills tennis courts are fifteen minutes out on the Long Island Railroad, and the Polo Grounds are at 155th Street and Eighth Avenue. Dozens of golf clubs are near the city.
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