Picnic in walled garden in Yonkers
posted August 19, 2013 1:25 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun September 15 at 1:00 PM, Untermyer Gardens
945 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY, USA (Map & Directions)
I work in a public park in Yonkers. It is highly spectacular and I keep thinking that I should invite a bunch of people up here to have a picnic under the cherry trees.
Untermyer Park.

The part I work on is a Persian/Moghul walled garden with a small amphitheater, a Greek-style temple and is divided in four quadrants by little canals. It has some fun history including a man who lost the presidency due to the electoral vote but not the public vote, a guy who they say hounded JP Morgan to death, and even a serial killer; I've given official tours in the past and can do an unofficial one for mefites.

It is reachable by two modes of public transit (Metro North Greystone stop is not far but the walk is very uphill and the Bee-line bus (bus uses the NYC metrocard and it lets you transfer from 242nd St 1 stop; the 2 line stops a half block away from the park) and it has a free parking lot/street parking.

We will be picking people up at the Greystone Metro North station meeting the trains that arrive at noon, 1 and possibly 2pm. These are the trains that leave GC at, respectively, 1120AM, 1220PM and 120PM. My +1 will be driving a green early 90s Toyota Corolla. He is a tall skinny guy with dark hair who will be looking for people "from the internet." Memail me if you want a phone number to contact in case of chaos.

Picnic would be potluck.
posted by sciencegeek to Meetup (44 comments total)

Just up the street from where I grew up! I'll be in town at the end of November, but I'll put myself down as a "maybe" just in case I have an unscheduled visit earlier that coincides with this.
posted by mikepop at 11:41 AM on August 20, 2013

Does anyone have date preference for this?

Saturday August 24
(IRL trip to Beacon is the 25th)

(Saturday of Labor Day weekend has the end of summer IRL in Manhattan)
Sunday Sept 1 (Labor Day weekend)
Monday Sept 2 (Labor Day)

I have family in town the weekend of the 7th/8th.

Saturday Sept 14 (Yom Kippur)
Sunday Sept 15

Saturday Sept 21
Sunday Sept 22

Also, if anyone ends up going to Untermyer on another day, drop me a memail and I'd love to say hello to any mefite who has dragged him or herself up/down to Yonkers.
posted by sciencegeek at 1:50 PM on August 20, 2013

I'd be up for either of the later September weekends.
posted by naturalog at 3:31 PM on August 21, 2013

Ok, then how about Sunday the 15th of September.

Metro North's Hudson Line trains leave Grand Central Terminal on the :20 and arrive on the :56.

I think meeting around 1pm would be nice. So, that would be the 12:20 train. It is a nice train ride along the Hudson. And if you want to avoid paying part of the fare, you can take the subway to 225th St and get on at the Marble Hill Station. And I will ask my +1 to pick people up at the station and bring them up the enormous hill to the garden.
posted by sciencegeek at 4:02 PM on August 22, 2013

I'm in in in in! Are there any restrictions on consumption of, say, beer? Also, I would be happy to shlep people and/or comestibles to the proceedings.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 3:28 PM on August 23, 2013

It is a public park so there are rules about open containers. That said, I do spend a significant amount of time cleaning up smashed beer bottles that lovely people have thrown at rocks; so alcoholic beverages are consumed with infuriating regularity on park property.
posted by sciencegeek at 2:27 AM on August 24, 2013

computech, can I maybe get a ride from you?
posted by mlle valentine at 10:11 AM on September 8, 2013

I'd also like to join the Road Trip Adventure Crew of Computech, if there's room. Otherwise, I'd join the Train Trekkers Ride in Solitude.
posted by wintrymix at 1:41 PM on September 8, 2013

I have negotiated with my +1 and we can pick people up at the Greystone train station and bring them up the hill to the garden in our greenish 93 Toyota Corolla. The car fits three people in addition to the driver as long as two of them are fairly short or fairly flexible. He can take a couple of trips if necessary.

I got to show my family the garden this weekend and it was awesome. I am very much looking forward to showing you guys this crazy place where I work.
posted by sciencegeek at 2:27 PM on September 8, 2013

I am sorely tempted to figure out if there's a possible route I can do to this from my parking spot in Hoboken that does not involve any tolls. (I have an EZ-pass, I'm just curious.)

(I'm actually fine with taking the train, and maybe carpooling with sciencegeek for the lastmile.)
posted by Eideteker at 9:35 AM on September 10, 2013

I am transporting mlle valentine, following my open-water swim at Coney Island, and could possibly take one or two other people. MeMail me if you are interested.

Jeebus, now I have to figure out what to bring. (self-induced) Pressure!
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 10:22 AM on September 10, 2013

I'm pretty sure I'll be driving from Jersey City - not sure if I should cross the river via the Holland Tunnel or the GW Bridge, will have to see what the traffic is like on the day. But I can probably help with picking people up at the station, or dropping people off in Manhattan afterwards.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:50 AM on September 11, 2013

Weather report is looking good right now. I'm trying to figure out what to make in terms of food. Most likely a quinoa salad or something like that. And I probably should get some paper plates, cups and plastic utensils. Unless someone has a surplus and feels like bringing them.
posted by sciencegeek at 2:10 PM on September 12, 2013

sciencegeek, I'll come on the 12:20 train to Greystone. And if people are into salt, fat, and carbs, I can bring my new favorite food.
posted by d. z. wang at 4:36 PM on September 12, 2013

Oh, hmm, I think this needs to be served hot. Well, I'll think of something.
posted by d. z. wang at 4:45 PM on September 12, 2013

I will be bringing an array of baguettes, hummus, salsa, fruit, cookies, and anything else that strikes me as amenable to eating while sitting on the ground, along with a small cooler for beverages.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 8:05 PM on September 12, 2013

I am going to bring watermelon from our farm share and not sure what else. Any requests, let me know!
posted by mlle valentine at 6:27 AM on September 13, 2013

The Computech Car is at Capacity. There is plenty of room for watermelon in the boot, fear not!
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 12:13 PM on September 13, 2013

The sciencegeek+1 car will be making trips from the Greystone train station at around 1pm. If you want to take a different train, memail me for a phone number and we can coordinate.

Trains leaving Grand Central and arriving at Greystone:

Grand C Greystone

The vehicle is a 1992 Toyota Corolla in an especially attractive shade of green-blue. It is driven by a tall skinny guy.
posted by sciencegeek at 2:31 PM on September 13, 2013

Oh also I can definitely bring salsa (if computech doesn't have too much already) for we can make it from our bounteous farm share tomatoes. I can get chips as well.
posted by mlle valentine at 7:18 PM on September 13, 2013

You can't have too much salsa--science tells us this much. Chips will be procured.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 7:50 PM on September 13, 2013 [1 favorite]

Since it looks like people are going for a chips theme here, I'll bring a savory dip of beans, refried beans, and corn. The bacalao is not good cold, unfortunately.
posted by d. z. wang at 8:39 PM on September 13, 2013

Not sure what I'm bringing, will probably get snacky things from Trader Joe's if I can't figure out what to make myself. Sciencegeek, will we need to bring all beverages with us, or are there water fountains or something at the garden for re-fills?
posted by oh yeah! at 8:00 AM on September 14, 2013

There is a water fountain and I'm going to try to do some beverage shopping this evening when I pick up utensils and food stuffs.
posted by sciencegeek at 9:23 AM on September 14, 2013

mlis and I will have two small coolers, enough to accommodate a small variety of beverages. We will have soda and other fizzy drinks.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 10:45 AM on September 14, 2013

I'm going to take the 12:20 train from Grand Central. I'm bringing a peach pie which survived the board game meetup yesterday and my hunger on arriving home. See you all later!
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 5:40 AM on September 15, 2013

Ok. so this is totally cheesy, but I'm so excited to have you guys see the gardens.

I'd also like to note that I met some people in the garden yesterday who are going to be bringing their Harry Potter cosplay group for a photoshoot in October. I can't wait!
posted by sciencegeek at 5:53 AM on September 15, 2013

Heh, maybe I should wear my new red cloak today, probably won't wear it again until next year's Dragoncon otherwise.

Didn't make it out of the apartment yesterday, so, will just be getting something at Trader Joe's in Edgewater NJ before I cross the GW Bridge - cheese assortment, and whatever else looks good.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:25 AM on September 15, 2013

I am bringing sliced turkey, sliced provolone, and a loaf of wheat bread. Someone may want to bring condiments and veggies (tomato, spinach/lettuce) for sandwiches.
posted by unannihilated at 7:43 AM on September 15, 2013

For the drivers: the entrance is not well marked. If you're coming from the north on Broadway, it is the first driveway after the hospital property and you'll see what look like the walls of a fort (this is the garden) on your right. Turn into the drive on your right.

If you're coming from the south on Broadway, it is the drive immediately on your left after the stoplight for Gateway Rd.

If you see any signs, they'll mention the Cola Community Center which is also located at the Park.

Yes, we're working on getting better signage.
posted by sciencegeek at 8:05 AM on September 15, 2013

Heading out to snag the MNR at Marble Hill, hope to see all of you and your food soon.
posted by Eideteker at 9:04 AM on September 15, 2013

Just found Hactar on the train, relieved its the right one.
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 9:11 AM on September 15, 2013

Missed the train, so I'll be on the next one (~2pm).

(looked at the bee line... it's about the same timeframe so I'll just wait here... it's a lovely day!)
posted by Eideteker at 9:45 AM on September 15, 2013

Sciencegeek says we are on the lower terrace in the walled garden -go to the Greek Temple & down the stairs
posted by oh yeah! at 10:00 AM on September 15, 2013

posted by Eideteker at 11:03 AM on September 15, 2013

Thank you guys so much for coming and hanging out in the garden. I've been wanting to have a bunch of people up for a picnic for ages and this was just about perfect - sitting under the cherry trees, eating delicious stuff, relaxing, wandering around the gardens, and then more sitting under the trees.
posted by sciencegeek at 3:16 PM on September 15, 2013 [2 favorites]

What a beautiful day, and what beautiful people. You all deserve a medal. In the shape of a Milano. And flavored like one; your choice of mint or orange. And also it's actually just a Milano on a string.

sciencegeek: you da best. TWO Milanos for you (one of each).
posted by Eideteker at 3:43 PM on September 15, 2013

I think I ate two orange ones and three mint, so I'm pretty much up on my cookie medals.
posted by sciencegeek at 3:47 PM on September 15, 2013

Thanks Sciencegeek!
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 5:00 PM on September 15, 2013

Behold! Photos!
posted by Eideteker at 6:45 PM on September 15, 2013 [1 favorite]

Thanks to Sciencegeek and the everybody who picnicked. It was grand!
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 1:56 PM on September 16, 2013

I ate my gifted Milano cookies at 10am this morning. Breakfast of champions!
posted by unannihilated at 3:01 PM on September 16, 2013

Cupcakes for breakfast!
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 3:17 PM on September 16, 2013

More photos.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:47 PM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]

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