Monday, October 10, 2011

Things To Do In Ocala Florida

 Ocala, Florida is a great small town with an urban vibe especially towards the downtown Ocala area.

This area is a mix of historic Victorian Homes and urban brick buildings structures.  


Ocala, Florida is known as the Horse capitol of the World with many horse farms.  The city is only two hours away from Orlando.  This city offers many ecological and outdoor activities along with big city amenities.  Ocala offers great shopping, great eateries and antique shopping. 

Ocala has a lot of scenic routes, Silver Springs waterway park, many parks and trails to bike and hike.  In addition, to having the newest science Museum for children, Appleton Museum, a drag racing museum and many other museums in town.  Take a carriage ride around local horse farms  or visit the downtown shopping district. There are other shopping districts around  the highway 200 corridor with Paddock Mall and the new Dillard's mall. 

Orlando visitors could take advantage of low hotel rates in local area hotels along the busy shopping and restaurant district.  If you don't mind the drive which is very nice and scenic, you can visit two towns instead of only one.

Historic Buildings and staircases in the Bronx NYC

 I took some photos of some great historical architecture that you just can't find or replicate these days, in neighborhoods that are not in Manhattan.  The Bronx's architectural secrets;








In the Bronx and in upper Manhattan there are these grand giant staircases that connect hilly and steep streets, this staircase is located at 169th st Webster Avenue and connects to teller Avenue that leads towards the grand Concourse.   It is such a shame that these beautiful structures are littered with garbage, and are falling in some disrepair.  Some of these staircases are connected to the buildings next to them with entrances off the staircases, but now have been sealed with brick.


Historic Bronx Buildings architecture

More Photos about the city, I love old architecture, the Bronx has a lot of old historical buildings, such as prewar era buildings, art deco era buildings and old Victorian brownstones.

There is a historic district known as Longfellow Avenue that has a series of old brownstone homes.  Many were neglected and in disrepair but the city has renovated these homes with private and public funding.  

The city has restored a lot of the vacant abandoned burn down lots of the 1970's and have restored neighborhoods.   

My amateur photography skills are improving a bit; Here are some photos;







Near Empire State Building 5th Avenue

 Recent travels to New York City


If you visit the NYC area there are many free things to do in the city. Visit the nyc.gov  homepage and click on Free things to do in the city. Many of the museums here are free but they do ask for recommended donations since it is funded publicly.  The  museums along 5th Avenue known as museum mile; do charge admission. Last June, there was a free fair allowing visitors to visit the museum for free for about 4 hours.  



 This is outside the Empire State building this building is a full two blocks wide between 33rd and 34th st, but actually one full New York long block as people often discover when walking around the city.

Save with Ebates


 Ebates is a great money saving tool for shoppers that shop online, I signed up about two years ago.  I earned less than 20.00 because I kept forgetting to log on to the Ebates site first before shopping online.  Ebates is easy and free to use, simply register, then click on the stores that are on the site.  Ebates has virtually every store available, links in many different categories that include travel and restaurants. 

If you want to shop on Ebay, type the store on the search bar and some links appear.  Click on the link and a small screen will appear with your Ebates ticket and it will take you to the homepage of the store you select.  Once you have completed and paid for an order then it will show up in about four to six weeks on your Ebates account. 

If you shop online a lot, you will get cash back, not to mention the instant savings, with online promo codes, and coupons.  There is a category under restaurants that offer coupons and discounts at local area establishments.  There are many ways to save money with Ebates, in addition to earning revenue and a chance to win an IPad. 

Register on Ebates for free and get the free details.  registering is FREE no membership fees, if you don't find the store you shop in, type it in the search bar, this site has virtually every store online.



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White castle Historical marker and Building with Giant Rock Foundation in Bronx

I live in Ocala but have roots in NYC, NY.  I visit the city every year. My sister lives in the Bronx and there has been amazing reconstruction of this borough including unique building features not seen in Manhattan.  These photos of the Bronx include new and old interesting sites.  



This is a new building in the Bronx that uses the bedrock as part of the foundation of the structure.
How cool is that!.





 



This marker  is outside a White Castle's restaurant on West Farms Square, this is the site of a historical battle site in the Bronx.   It is outside the restaurant parking lot.  I think it's cool to eat at an actual historical revolutionary battle site.  I wonder if anyone stops to read the stone.